MWF 11:00-11:50 pm, 627
Instructor: Prof. Anna Vainchtein (aka Dr. V)
Grader: Lifeng Wang, LIW87@pitt.edu, MAC hours: Monday and Wednesday 5:00-7:00pm, Friday 12:00-1:00pm.
Text: Elementary Differential Equations and Boundary Value Problems, by William E. Boyce and Richard C. DiPrima, John Wiley & Sons, 2012, 10th edition.
Course schedule and homework problems
The grader (Lifeng Wang) has office hours on Monday and Wednesday 5:00-7:00 pm and Friday 12:00-1:00 pm at the Mathematics Assistance Center (MAC), located in room 215 of O'Hara Student Center, 4024 O'Hara St.
Each week I
will assign a set of problems to be handed in, out of which
selected problems will be graded. Solving homework problems is
essential to learn the material. You may discuss the
problems with one another but you must write your own
solutions. It is your responsibility to regularly check here for current homework
assignments. Homework will be due each Friday at the end
of class. If
you cannot be in class that day, your homework must be in my
mailbox in Thackeray 301 by 12 pm Friday. Early submissions
I encourage everyone to start working on the
homework assignment early enough so that I can answer any
questions you might have during my office hours on Wednesday. If
you have classes during my regular office hours, email me your
Wednesday schedule, and we will set up a different time to meet
on Wednesday. While I will respond to emails, I am rarely
available to meet in person on Thursdays, so starting an
assignment early is important. You will also find that you need
an early start to complete the homework on time.
Exams: There will be two in-class
midterm exams, tentatively scheduled for Monday,
October 2 (Exam 1) and Monday, November 13 (Exam 2), and the comprehensive final
exam on Tuesday,
December 12, 12-1:50 pm (room TBA). All exams are closed book, closed notes but you may
bring a one-page handwritten "cheat sheet" to each
exam. Calculators or any other electronic
devices, including cell phones, will not be allowed (or needed) during
attendance is expected. Barring exceptional circumstances (of
which I must be notified immediately), no
late homework is accepted and there will be no make up exams.