Math 2065: Elementary Differential Equations

Course Content:  This course will cover basic tools and techniques for solving ordinary differential equations, with an emphasis on linear ordinary differential equations.

Text: The text for the course will be Ordinary Differential Equations, by William Adkins and Mark Davidson.


Classroom:  Lockett 276
Time:  MTWRF, 11:00 – 12:00
Office Hours:  Tuesdays 3 – 4, Thursdays  12 – 1

Homework and Grades:

Homework Policy:  Submitted homework must be turned in by 4:00 PM on its due date. If you know in advance you will be unable to turn in homework when it’s due, you should plan to turn it in ahead of time. Holidays are not an excuse for late homework! If you know that there is an impending holiday, it is your responsibility to make arrangements to submit homework early. Since this is a course which focuses in part on mathematical communication, it is extremely important that submitted work be neat, well-organized, and legible. Ragged margins, multi-column and otherwise over-dense formats, and unstapled sheets are unacceptable. If your handwriting is difficult to read, type your homework. If you tend to scratch out or erase incorrect parts of solutions, do a rough draft or type your homework. Write in paragraphs, sentences, and English words. Use punctuation and conjunctions to indicate your flow of thought rather than arrows or telepathy. Shoot for lucidity rather than terseness.

Final Course Grades: Your grade will be determined by your performance on the various assignments and exams throughout the term. Specifically, your final grade will be determined as follows:

  • Homework 25%
  • Midterms 20% (each)
  • Final 35%

Grading Scale: A – at least 90%; B – at least 80%; C – at least 70%; D – at least 60%.

Ethical Conduct: You are strongly encouraged to talk to others about the material you are learning — this includes fellow students, me and anyone else in the department.  The more engaged you are with the material the better. That said, the work you hand in must be your own. The best way to ensure that the work you turn in accurately represents your own understanding of the material (and to avoid any suspicion of copying) is to write out your homework solutions on your own, not whilst working with a friend. Cheating on exams is unacceptable. Any cheating on homework assignments or during midterms or finals will result in you receiving no credit for the assignment/exam.  Students must abide by LSU’s Code of Student Conduct.

Disability Support: Students who may need accommodations because of a documented disability should meet with me privately within the first week of classes. In addition, students with disabilities should also contact the Office of Disability Services.