AMAT311 Ordinary Differential Equations
MWF 9:20-10:15 ES 147
Instructor: Professor Edward Thomas ES 132F
Best way to reach me is by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Office hours: MWF 10:25-10:45, 12:50-1:30, 2:45-3:15 plus any time I am not otherwise occupied, and, if all else fails, by appointment.
A link to the class webpage will be found at: www.albany.edu/~et392/AMAT311.htm
Text: Elementary Differential Equations by Edward and Penney; we will be covering Chapters 1 through 4, plus other topics if time permits.
You need to have this text on the first day of class, not at some indeterminate later date (see the next paragraph.) If you show up on the first day of class without the text, I will take this as a sign of LACK OF PREPARATION.
In this course, you can learn both technique and theory by doing problems. So I am going to assign problems EVERY SINGLE DAY, starting on day one. They will be collected, graded and returned to you at the next meeting and will serve as the springboard for what comes next. You should assign them high priority…I’m not kidding on this.
ASSIGNMENTS THAT ARE HANDED IN MORE THAN A DAY LATE MAY INCUR A PENALTY.
Daily assignments will count one third of the grade. The other two thirds will come from a Midterm and a Final.
Let’s articulate some ground rules:
> First...there will be ABSOLUTELY NO CELL PHONES, LAPTOPS or any other type of electronic devices in use during class. Please take care of business and TURN THEM OFF before you enter the classroom.