Time and Place: MWF 1:30pm–2:20pm REC 313

Instructor: Arshak Petrosyan

Office Hours: MWF 11:30am-12:30pm, or by appointment, in MATH 610

Computer Labs: MA 366 Lab on Rhea

Course Description: Credit Hours: 4.00. An introduction to ordinary differential equations with emphasis on problem solving and applications. The one-hour computer lab will give students an opportunity for hands-on experience with both the theory and applications of the subject. Typically offered Spring Fall.


[BDP] Boyce and DiPrima, Elementary Differential Equations and Boundary Value Problems, 10th edition, John Wiley & Sons

Course Outline: (Tentative)

  • §§ 1.1–1.3: Introduction
  • §§ 2.1–2.8: First Order Linear Differential Equations
  • §§ 3.1–3.8: Second Order Linear Differential Equations
  • §§ 4.1–4.4: Higher Order Linear Differential Equations
  • §§ 7.1–7.9: Systems of First Order Linear Differential Equations
  • §§ 9.1–9.5: Nonlinear Differential Equations and Stability

Homework will be collected weekly on Wednesdays (with some exceptions), at the beginning of class. No late homeworks will be accepted, however, the lowest homework score will be dropped. The assignments will be posted here at least one week prior to the due date. Besides the homework assignments, there will be weakly computer projects, to be collected at the end of your lab session (more information about the labs can be obtained from your respective TA).

Exams: There will be two midterm exams (evening exams) and a comprehensive final exam (covering all material). The exact times and place will be specified due course.

Grading: Your final grade will be computed by the scheme

Final Score = 0.3*FE + 0.175*(ME1 + ME2) + 0.2*HW + 0.15*L

where FE, MEi, HW, L are the scores (in %) for Final Exam, Midterm i, Homework, and Labs, respectively.

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Students with Disabilities: If you have a disability that requires special academic accommodation, please make an appointment to speak with me within the first three (3) weeks of the semester in order to discuss any adjustments. It is important that we talk about this at the beginning of the semester. It is the student’s responsibility to notify the Disability Resource Center (http://www.purdue.edu/drc) of an impairment/condition that may require accommodations and/or classroom modifications.

Emergencies: In the event of a major campus emergency, course requirements, deadlines and grading percentages are subject to changes that may be necessitated by a revised semester calendar or other circumstances beyond the instructor’s control. Relevant changes to this course will be posted onto the course website or can be obtained by contacting the instructor via email or phone. You are expected to read your @purdue.edu email on a frequent basis.