1. General Course Information
Lectures: Recorded videos will be posted at the Panopto Recordings tab
(Can also find links to there at the Modules tab)
The videos can only be used for students enrolled in the course to review materials. Students should not distribute them without the consent of the instructor.
Instructor: Ying-Jen Yang
Instructor's office hours:
Join Zoom Meeting: https://washington.zoom.us/j/108672581
(Go to the Zoom tab on the left)
Teaching Assistant (TA)
Teaching Assistant: Yu-Chen Cheng
TA's email: email@example.com
TA's office hours: TBD (will use Zoom, starting from Week 2)
Piazza Discussion board for online Q&A
We will use Piazza for online Q&A and discussion. Students are encouraged to ask questions, answer people's questions, or discuss questions with people (even anonymously). Also, it is easy to use LaTeX command on Piazza, just use $$ $$. See this Link for introduction on the LaTeX commands for math equations.
Please use the following Link to sign up for Piazza!
2. Course Content Information
See Modules for details.
This course serves as the first course in differential equations after learning Calculus from MATH 124 and 125. In this course, we will learn how to solve Ordinary Differential Equations (ODEs) with examples drawn from physical, chemical, biological sciences and engineering. We motivate most of our theoretical discussions from applications. Most importantly, we aim to illustrate the logic hidden behind different solution methods, not just doing tedious algebra manipulation (although sometimes it is hard to avoid).
Proficiency in manipulation of algebraic equations, evaluation of limits, methods of differentiation & integration at the level of MATH 124 & 125 are assumed. We will introduce and use quite a lot of linear algebra, some complex variable, and power series that are relevant to us. Exposure to linear algebra, complex variable, and Taylor series would be helpful.
- Introduction to Differential Equations: Variables, Matrices, and Classification of ODE
- 1-D, First order, one dimensional ODE
- n-D Autonomous linear ODEs and diagonalization
- More on linear ODEs: complex eigenvalues, and degenerate cases
- Nonlinear ODE and Inhomogeneous linear ODE
- Non-autonomous linear ODEs: series method
Note: I am deemphasizing Laplace transform in this first ODE course (in my opinion, better learn it after learning contour integral in complex analysis to have a more systematic way to perform the inverse Laplace transform, rather than guessing the inverse from a table). We will emphasize more on solving systems of ODEs (with matrices and a bit linear algebra) since it has many conceptual advantages and connections to later courses in dynamical systems. That said, no need to worry if you haven't taken linear algebra, we will start from the beginning and only focus on vectors and matrices.
Textbook and Reference
No textbook is required. Self-contained slides would be provided. (I may provide lecture note as well)
For textbook references, the following two books are recommended:
- W.E. Boyce, R.C. DiPrima, and D.B. Meade, Elementary Dierential Equations and Boundary Value Problems. 11th ed. (any edition after 9th will do. B&D, Chapter 1- 5 , 7-9 ).
It is the standard textbook for undergraduate ODE class. We will focus mostly in the material within.
- Steven H. Strogatz, Nonlinear Dynamics and Chaos, 2nd ed. (S, Chapter 1, 2, 5, and 6).
It is an awesome textbook that is used in almost all undergraduate Dynamical Systems class around the world! We will only touch a little bit of it. You can take Amath 402/502 for a thorough introduction of the book and the subject.
3. Assignments and Grades
General: Homework is assigned weekly. You must submit your scanned or typed-up homework PDF file to Canvas. No late homework is allowed. At the end of the quarter, the homework assignment with the lowest grade will be dropped.
Format: Submitted files must be portrait, letter-size, and easy-to-read. LaTeXing (or use LyX) is highly encouraged. The first page of your submitted homework must be your "answer sheet" where you collect and present all the answers of all the problems (except the proof problems). Format of the answer sheet will be provided with the problem sheets. For the rest of the pages, you must present all your work to justify how you got those answers. If your submission is not in the required format or you didn't show your work, you will get a 0.
Partial Credits: We have a big class. And I am asking the TA to grade all the questions because I dislike statistical grading. Therefore, most of the homework problems will NOT have partial credits (only exception is proof like question).
Many problems in your homework will be either truth/false problems or be solving a given ODE. No-partial-credit-for-homework policy also helps you to develop the good habit of checking your answer. For solving ODE problems, I will provide the form of the answer with a lot of boxes for your convenience.
Discussion: You are encouraged to talk to your classmates (online), discuss questions on Piazza and check answers with each other. However, your work should base on your own words. The TA will randomly go through your work. If you didn't show any work or were caught copying people's work (it's fairly obvious from a grader point of view), you will receive a 0 on that particular assignment.
Exams and Grades
We will have two take-home exams.
Midterm: starting on May 1 (Fri) (tentative), time length TBD
Final: starting on Jun 8 (Mon) (tentative), time length TBD
Both exams are open-book but no internet. You can read any textbook, our lecture notes/slides, homework solutions. But you are not allowed to search anything on the internet during the exam time.
Grade in 100% is calculated based on: 50% homework, 20% midterm, 30% final.
The conversion to 4.0 GPA will be made at the end of the quarter. I will refer to historic record to determine the conversion formula. Historically, the median is around 3.5 and about 5~10% of the students get 4.0.