Boundary Value Problems   MA 4451   A98


TIME / PLACE
       MTThF   12:20 - 1:20 am / SH 203

WEB PAGE
http://www.math.WPI.edu/Course_Materials/MA4451A98/

TEXT
Mayer Humi & William B. Miller, Boundary Value Problems and Partial Differential Equations, PWS-Kent Publishing, 1992. Please bring the text to class.

INSTRUCTOR
Joseph D. Fehribach ( 201C Stratton Hall,  831-5069,   bach@wpi.edu )

OFFICE HOURS
1:30 - 2:20 PM, MTTh, 10:00 -11:00 PM Thursday, and by appointment. Please see me after class, call or send e-mail for an appointment.

HOMEWORK
Recommended homework problems are listed on the syllabus. About every-other class, one or two homework problems will be assigned to be written up and handed in. Each hand-in homework assignment is worth 10 points. Symbiotic student interactions are encouraged; parasitic interactions are discouraged. In this section, no homework will be collected.

QUIZZES
On Friday 4 September, Monday 14 September, Thursday 24 September, Friday 2 October and Friday 9 October, a short (approximately twenty-minute to half-hour) quiz will be given. Each quiz will be worth 25 points.

EXAMS
There will be a comprehensive final exam given during the final class meeting (Thursday 15 October). In general, the exam will be graduated-the first question being easiest, the last, hardest. The exam will be worth 100 points.

GRADING
Of the five quizzes given, the four highest grades will count. Hence the total value of the quizzes is 100 points. The ten highest hand-in homework assignments will also count, so the total value of the hand-in homework assignments is also 100 points. Thus a grand total of 300 points is available in the term. Grades are based on a floating scale; the scale is based on the difficulty of the questions/assignments. The maximum number of points required for an A is 270; for a B, 240; for a C, 210. Final letter grades will be assigned based on the total number of points earned, with some consideration given to consistency, progress in the course, etc.

MISSED HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENTS, QUIZZES OR EXAM
In general no make-up quizzes or tests will be given, and late Maple labs will not be accepted. A grade of zero will be recorded for all missed work. Rare and unusual circumstances, however, will be considered.

NOTICE
The management reserves the right to change the above policies. Such changes (if any) will be announced at a regular class meeting or by e-mail.