Introduction to Ordinary Differential Equations

Department of Mathematics

The University of Akron - Wayne College

Course number 3450:335-701

Mr. Daniel Deckler

Spring, 2002

C-211, phone 684-8761

Office Hours:

Monday: 9:00 a.m. - noon
Tuesday: None
Wednesday: 9:00 a.m. - noon
Thursday: None
or by appointment.


A First Course in Differential Equations with with Modeling Applications, seventh edition, Dennis G. Zill, ITP Brooks/Cole, 2001.

Course Objectives:

1. To learn how to solve mathematical equations that contain derivatives (differential equations) both analytically and numerically.

2. To learn how to solve systems of differential equations.

3. To learn how to use differential equations to solve problems in science and engineering.

Course Requirements:

Prerequisites - 3450:223

Exam 1, February 7, 2002 25%
Exam 2, March 7, 2002 25%
Exam 3, April 11, 2002 25%
Final Exam, May 9, 2002 25%
(8:00 - 10:00 a.m., Comprehensive)
Total 100%

Grading Scale:

A............ 93-100 B-........... 80-83 D+.......... 68-70
A-........... 90-93 C+.......... 78-80 D............ 63-68
B+.......... 88-90 C............ 73-78 D-........... 60-63
B............ 83-88 C-........... 70-73 F............ 00-60


Chapter 1 - Introduction to Differential Equations

Chapter 2 - First-Order Differential Equations

Chapter 3 - Modeling with First-Order Differential Equations

Chapter 4 - Differential Equations of Higher Order

Chapter 5 - Modeling with Higher-Order Differential Equations

Chapter 7 - Laplace Transform

Chapter 8 - Systems of Linear First-Order Differential Equations

Chapter 9 - Numerical Methods for Ordinary Differential Equations

Make-up tests will be given only if the student has a valid reason for missing the test, and if the student notifies the instructor as soon as possible, preferably before the test. If a student misses a test and does not have a valid excuse, the student will receive a zero for that test.
Exams will consist of 10 to 20 problems. Exams may also consist of essay, multiple choice, true/false, matching, and fill-in-the-blank questions.

Homework assignments will be given at the end of every class period. Homework will not be collected.

Student Code of Conduct:
Differential Equations (3450:335) adheres to the Student Code of Conduct, and students are responsible for their behavior in class. Also, plagiarism or any form of academic dishonesty may be grounds for dismissal from the class.

NO withdrawals will allowed after April 12, 2002. Listed below are some important dates:

January 20 - 100% refund period ends.

January 27 - 70% refund period ends.

January 28 - Last day to withdraw without a WD appearing on record.

February 1 - 50% refund period ends.

February 8 - 30% refund period ends.

February 15 - 20% refund period ends.

March 8 - Last day to withdraw without instructor's signature.

April 12 - Last day to withdraw from Spring, 2002 classes.

Course Registration:
Students whose names do not appear on the University's official class list by February 1, 2002 (for all classes that meet for the first time during the week of January 14 - 18) will not be permitted to participate (attend class, take exams, or receive credit). Therefore, students should make sure to have all financial arrangements taken care of prior to February 1.

A. D. A. Special Accommodations
In accordance with University policy, students with a documented disability for which accommodations may be required should contact Dr. Julia Beyeler, Director of the Wayne College Learning Center (684-8963). Dr. Beyeler will assist in providing the necessary accommodations.