Text: Paul W. Davis, Differential Equations for Mathematics,
Science, and Engineering.
Professor: W. Farr, 105A Stratton, X5496, E-mail - bfarr.
Office Hours: TThF 2-3, M 3:30-4:30 or by appointment.
TA: Olga Dunaevskaya, SH 205, E-mail - dnepr.
PLAs: Jennifer Yambert (jennx), Colin Brown (chicken), Rudy Othmer
(robert),
Laura Cooper (ljcooper), Mike Willock (willock), Sashe Kanapathi
(skan),
Nathan Gibson (gibso)
WWW page:http://www.math.wpi.edu/Course_Materials/MA2051D97/
The goals of this course are as follows.
Differential equations are an essential part of the mathematics, science and engineering disciplines. The material in this course will be very important in your future studies. However, most of the ideas we will encounter are, or should be, familiar from calculus and one could argue that differential equations is nothing more than applied calculus. Good basic calculus skills will serve you well; be prepared for serious trouble if your calculus skills are not up to par.
This course meets three times a week for lectures, where the basic concepts will be introduced. There are also two conference sections per week. In these sessions you will work in small groups, aided by Pear Learning Assistants. The PLA's are there to facilitate your learning; they are not there to do the homework problems for you.
There will be a re-test scheduled for each of the exams. If you are not happy with your score on an exam, you may take the re-test, with the following restrictions: the maximum score you may receive on a re-test is 85% and your score on the re-test, if you take it, will be your exam score. That is, your score on the re-test replaces your exam score, even if you score lower on the re-test.
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