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MA-36600 Fall 2017



Plamen Stefanov


Course Description

This course is an introduction to Ordinary Differential Equations (ODE).


Required Texts

Boyce and DiPrima, Elementary Differential Equations and Boundary Value Problems, Wiley, 10th edition. There is a new edition, which we will NOT use! 


Course Requirements

There will be three exams (midterms), one final exam and weekly homework.

Homework: There will be weekly homework. The handwritten homework assignment for each week will be posted on the WEB page and is due next Tuesday in class. Missing homework counts as 0. At the end of the semester, if you collect 95% or more credit on the homework, this counts as full credit. Similarly, x % (where x < 95) counts as (100/95)x. In exceptional cases, the HW can be brought to my office and slipped under the door on the same day. No late homework will be accepted.

              Exams: There will be three evening exams (midterms). Three classes (not necessarily during the weeks of the exams) will be cancelled to compensate for the midterms and they will be announced later.





The exams will be multiple choice type or a short answer. No calculators are allowed nor needed. On the other hand, for some of the homework assignments, use of computers is required. On each test, you can use one handwritten sheet of notes, both sides. They have to be handwritten (or a computer printout), not a photocopy of pages of the book.


Grade distribution

Each test is worth 14%. The final exam is 28%. The Homework and the labs are worth 15% each.


Academic Dishonesty

Incidents of academic misconduct in this course will be addressed by the course instructor and referred to the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities (OSRR) for review at the university level. Any violation of course policies as it relates to academic integrity will result minimally in a failing or zero grade for that particular assignment, and at the instructor's discretion may result in a failing grade for the course. In addition, all incidents of academic misconduct will be forwarded to OSRR, where university penalties, including removal from the university, may be considered.


Purdue prohibits "dishonesty in connection with any University activity. Cheating, plagiarism, or knowingly furnishing false information to the University are examples of dishonesty." [Part 5, Section III-B-2-a, Student Regulations] Furthermore, the University Senate has stipulated that "the commitment of acts of cheating, lying, and deceit in any of their diverse forms (such as the use of substitutes for taking examinations, the use of illegal cribs, plagiarism, and copying during examinations) is dishonest and must not be tolerated. Moreover, knowingly to aid and abet, directly or indirectly, other parties in committing dishonest acts is in itself dishonest." [University Senate Document 72-18, December 15, 1972].


All materials posted by the instructor or emailed to you, including current and all exams cannot be posted, email, or shared in any other way with third parties. Such actions are a copyright violation.



Purdue policy is clear: Students are expected to be present for every meeting of the classes in which they are enrolled. Attendance will be checked through quizzes. Missing a quiz will be treated as an absence. The number of absences will be used to determine borderline cases when assigning letter grades. A few missed quizzes will not affect you but if you will miss more, by reasons you think that might be excused, then please let me know by email (only).


Complete Purdue policy here:


Grief Absence Policy for Students

See (3) here:



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 instructors or TAs via email or phone.  You are expected to read your email on a frequent basis.


See the University's website for additional information:


Accessibility and Accommodations

Purdue University strives to make learning experiences as accessible as possible.  If you anticipate or experience physical or academic barriers based on disability, you are welcome to let me know so that we can discuss options.  You are also encouraged to contact the Disability Resource Center at: or by phone: 765-494-1247.


In this mathematics course accommodations for students with disabilities are managed between the instructor, the student and the DRC Testing Center. Students should see instructors outside class hours  - before or after class or during office hours -  to share your Accommodation Memorandum for the current semester and discuss your accommodations as soon as possible.



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Purdue Honors Pledge

As a boilermaker pursuing academic excellence, I pledge to be honest and true in all that I do. Accountable together - we are Purdue.



This syllabus is subject to change.


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