# Math 0250 Syllabus - Section D

### Coordinates:

####
- Instructor: Bard Ermentrout
- Recitation: Vahan Grigoryan
- Times:
- Class: Tuesday-Thursday 7-8:15
- Recitation: Tuesday-Thursday 6-7

- Place:
- Class: Thackeray 704
- Recitation: CL 342

### About the course

This is a course in matrices and differential equations for science and
engineering students. You should have completed a two term calculus sequence
before taking this course.

#### Text

The text is *Differential Equations, a Systems Approach*, by Goldberg
and Potter.
#### Web Site

Some supporting material for the course will be placed at the course web
site,
`http://calculus.math.pitt.edu/0250`

.
#### Recitations

Twice a week you will meet with your TA to go over problems related to the
material covered the previous week. Most weeks, a brief quiz will be given
during one recitation.
#### Homework

Each week, suggested practice problems will be assigned. Quizzes and
exams will be modeled on these problems. You do not have to hand in
homeworks problems.
#### Computer Usage

Some of your assignments will require the use of computing tools. The
preferred software for this course is Matlab, which is available on the
Pitt unixs system (`unixs.cis.pitt.edu`

) and on the NT systems
in the public
computing labs. Some reference material on Matlab is available on the
web page for this course.
#### Grades

Your course grade will be determined as follows:
- Three exams (25% each)
- Quizzes 25%

#### Exam Dates

See the
class schedule for the dates of the two midterm exams.
### Materials

In addition to the textbook, you will need at least a scientific
calculator. Any calculator with logarithms, exponentials, and
trigonometric functions will do. Programmability is desirable but not
essential. A graphing calculator, such as the TI82 or TI85, is better
still.

### Extra notes for class

The notes on bases are available from Copy Cat under the course name
or you can get them as a web page ,
postscript
, or,
acrobat
pdf format.

### Computer Accounts

For access to the computer resources you will need for this class, you
must have a
Network Authorization Account from Computing and
Information Services (CIS). If you don't already have one, take your
validated Pitt ID to one of the following computing labs:
- 1077 Benedum Hall
- 1E01 Forbes Quadrangle
- G-27 Cathedral of Learning
- 230 Lawrence Hall
- Sutherland Hall

Go to the consultant's desk in the lab and ask for a USC
Network Authorization Account. You should do this as soon as
possible.