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AMATH 351 A: Introduction To Differential Equations And Applications

Summer Term: 
Meeting Time: 
MWF 1:10pm - 2:10pm
CMU 226
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Brian de Silva

Syllabus Description:

A pdf of the full syllabus can be found here. Below is a summary.

Some free notes from a previous iteration of the course are available here.

Course schedule


General Information

Instructor: Brian de Silva
TA: Doris Voina
Lectures: MWF, in CMU 226 from 1:10-2:10
Office hours: M 2:20-3:20 and W 12:00-1:00 in LEW 129
TA office hours: None



Homework: 25%. Assignments are typically due on Wednesdays at the beginning of class.

Exams: 25% each x 3. Tentatively scheduled for Monday 7/10/17, Monday 7/31/17, and Friday 8/18/17. In-class. Each midterm covers only one section of the course. They are not intentionally cumulative; however, topics build on each other, so familiarity with previously covered material is necessary.


Homework Policy

No late assignments will be accepted for any reason. In the rare event of an emergency, with sufficient documentation, a homework will be dropped and other homeworks re-weighted. Each homework assignment will be graded for completeness, with a few problems selected at random graded for correctness. Students are urged to treat each problem seriously, as it is possible any problem will be graded for correctness. The lowest homework score is not dropped.


Exam Policy

You are allowed one handwritten, double-sided reminder sheet (8.5" x 11" max.) No calculators, computers, or collaboration allowed. The lowest exam score is not dropped.


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MATLAB Information

See the MATLAB resources page for information on how to obtain a copy of MATLAB or get access to it.


Catalog Description: 
Introductory survey of ordinary differential equations; linear and nonlinear equations; Taylor series; and. Laplace transforms. Emphasizes on formulation, solution, and interpretation of results. Examples drawn from physical and biological sciences and engineering. Prerequisite: MATH 125 or MATH 135. Offered: AWSpS.
GE Requirements: 
Natural World (NW)
Last updated: 
February 6, 2018 - 9:10pm