Syllabus |

**Math 290 Ordinary Differential Equations** **(Fall 2001-Allegheny College)**

*In mathematics you don't understand things. You just get used to them.*

*-- John von Neumann, Nobel Prize winner.*

**Time and Place:**MWF 2:30 p.m. at Carr 203**Instructor:**Peter Saveliev**Office:**Carr 239 (to the right of the main entrance)**Office Hours:**Monday**Office Phone:**x2910**Home Phone:**337-0390 (9 a.m. - 8 p.m.)**E-mail:**psavelie (put Math 290 as the subject)**Class Web-Page:**http:\\saveliev.net, then go to Math 290**Mailbox:**Carr Hall, Box 29**Prerequisites:**excellent differentiation and integration skills, good knowledge multivariable calculus and series.**Text:***Differential Equations and Boundary Value Problems***Goals:**ability to set up, analyze and/or solve basic differential equations using Mathematica when necessary**Group Problems:**due weekly, each Friday unless specified otherwise**Quizzes:**based on the practice problems assigned daily, once or twice a week**Grade Breakdown:**

group problems + quizzes: 30% (1-2 may be dropped)

2 exams: 20% each

final exam: 30%**Letter Grades:**A: 90-100, B: 80-89, C: 70-79, D: 60-69, F: <60

From the Catalogue:

**290** Ordinary Differential Equations

An examination of methods of solving ordinary differential equations with emphasis on the existence and uniqueness of solutions of first order equations and second order linear equations. Topics may include Laplace transforms, systems of linear differential equations, power series solutions, successive approximations, linear differential equations, and oscillation theory with applications to chemistry and physics. Prerequisite: Mathematics 210.

How to start

- From the Mathematics department web page follow -> Faculty -> Peter Saveliev -> Personal Page -> click on Math 290. Or type
- Read the Policy.
- Fill in the form under Students.
- Try to set up a group (2-3 members) by next Friday, then e-mail the list to me. If you don't you'll be assigned to a group at random.
- Plan to visit my office during the next two weeks to say "Hi".