Ordinary Differential Equations
Fall 2003
MATH 365.01 (3 credits), M_W_F, 8:00AM-8:50AM, Wickersham 226


A grade of C- or better in MATH 261 (Calculus III) is the prerequisite for this course.


Dr. Buchanan
Office: Wickersham 218, Phone: 872-3659, FAX: 871-2320
Office Hours: 9:00AM-9:50AM (M_W_F), 9:00AM-9:30AM (Tu_Th), or by appointment
Email: Robert.Buchanan@millersville.edu
URL: http://banach.millersville.edu/~bob


Elementary Differential Equations and Boundary Value Problems, 7th edition, William E. Boyce and Richard C. DiPrima, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., New York, 2001, ISBN: 0-471-31999-6


MATH 365 provides an introduction to ordinary differential equations and their applications. Upon completion of this course the student will:

Course Contents:
Topics covered in this course may include the following.

If time permits other topics may be covered as well.


Students are expected to attend all class meetings. If you must be absent from class you are expected to complete class requirements (e.g. homework assignments) prior to the absence. Students who miss a test should provide a valid excuse, otherwise you will not be allowed to make up the test. Tests should be made up within one week of their scheduled date. No final exam exemptions.


Students are expected to do their homework and participate in class. Students should expect to spend a minimum of three hours outside of class on homework and review for every hour spent in class. Regularly homework problems will be assigned for collection and grading. Students should submit all homework by the date due. Late homework will not be accepted without valid excuse. Discussion between students on homework assignments is encouraged, but homework submitted for grading should be written up separately.


There will be three 50-minute in-class tests and a final examination. The tests are tentatively scheduled for

The final examination (Thursday, December 11, 2003 from 2:45PM-4:45PM) will be comprehensive. I will not ``curve'' test or exam grades.


Course grade will be calculated as follows.

Tests 55%
Homework 20%
Exam 25%

I keep a record of students' test, homework, and exam scores. Students should also keep a record of graded assignments, tests, and other materials. The course letter grades will be calculated as follows. I will not ``curve'' course grades.

90-92 A$-$ 93-100 A    
80-82 B$-$ 83-86 B 87-89 B$+$
70-72 C$-$ 73-76 C 77-79 C$+$
60-62 D$-$ 63-66 D 67-69 D$+$
    0-59 F    

Inclement Weather Policy:

If we should miss a class day due to a school closing because of weather, any activities planned for that missed day will take place the next time the class meets. For example, if a test is scheduled for a day that class is canceled on account of snow, the test will be given the next time the class meets.

Final Word:

Math is not a spectator sport. What you learn from this course and your final grade depend mainly on the amount of work you put forth. Daily contact with the material through homework assignments and review of notes taken during lectures is extremely important.

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