Home Page of MA304.01.01, Fall 2004



Instructor: Dr. Min Chen

MWF 2:30-3:20, REC 123

Office: MATH 818
Office Hours: TR 2:00-2:50pm
or by appointment;
Phone: 41964
E-mail: chen@math.purdue.edu

Course Web Pages:


Text Books:

[1] Elementary Differential Equations and Boundary Value Problems, 8th edition, by Boyce-DiPrima, Wiley, ISBN: 0-471-43338-1.

[2] Ordinary Differential Equations Using Matlab, 2nd edition, Polking and Arnold, Prentice Hall, ISBN: 0-13-011381-6 (reference).


There are three in-class midterm exams and a comprehensive final exam. Calculators, books and notes are not allowed during the exams.

Important Dates Test 1 Sep. 13
Test 2 Oct. 8
Test 3 Nov. 5
Final Exam Dec. 15 (Wed.), 10:20-12:20pm at BRNG 2290

Grading Policy:

Your course grade will be determined as follows: 15% from each mid-term exam, 35% from the final exam, 15% from homeworks and 5% from computer projects.


Projects Due date
lab1 lab2 lab3 Sep. 1
lab4 Sep. 15
lab5 Oct. 13
lab6 Oct. 29
lab7 Nov. 15
lab8 Nov. 29

Homework and Projects:

Homeworks will be collected every Friday in class and some of them will be graded. Late homeworks and projects will not be accepted. Attendance and doing homework assignments are very important for your success in this class.

Make-up Policy:

There will be no make-up exams except in extreme circumstances (such as: death in immediate family, military obligation, etc.) at the discretion of the instructor. The instructor has to be informed IN ADVANCE by e-mail. You will be asked to provide proper documentation.


Class attendance is expected and I'll "spot check" attendance throughout the semester. I may deduct up to 5% of your grade if you miss more than two of those random checks.

Last modified Oct. 13, 2004 by Min Chen.