MA302 Ordinary Differential Equations

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MA 302 Ordinary Differential Equations


UU 2012 HOZ


Chamberlin, Samuel


Assistant Professor of Mathematics


Mathematics Ph.D., University of California, Riverside

Office Location

Findlay Wakefield Science Hall 306

Office Hours

Tuesday and Thursday 2-4pm

Daytime Phone



Semester Dates

June 5 to July 26 2012

Class Days


Class Time




Credit Hours


Fundamentals of Differential Equations, 8/E

R. Kent NagleLate, University of South Florida
Edward B. SaffVanderbilt University
Arthur David SniderUniversity of South Florida

ISBN-10: 0321747739
ISBN-13:  9780321747730

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Course Description:
MA302 Ordinary Differential Equations: An introduction to ordinary differential equations and their solutions in the complex field. Topics include series solutions and Laplace transforms. 3:0:3 Prerequisite: MA222

Educational Philosophy:

To understand mathematics students must be active learners. They must work many exercises. The problems assigned should vary in difficulty so that every student is challenged but not overwhelmed. Students should seek out help before becoming discouraged.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. State the definition of and recognize various classifications of ordinary differential equations
  2. Verify a potential solution given a particular differential equation
  3. Solve first order differential equations by various methods: separable variables, homogeneous, exact, linear, substitution
  4. Solve linear differential equations of higher order by various methods: homogenous with constant coefficients, superposition method, differential operators, annihilator method, variation of parameters
  5. Solve differential equations with variable coefficients: Cauchy-Euler equation and power series solutions
  6. Apply Laplace transforms and their properties to solve differential equations

Core Assessment:
  • Periodic assignments
  • Quizzes
  • Tests

Class Assessment:
Homework: 20%
Midterm Exam (6/28): 30%
Final Exam (7/26): 50%


The grading scale will be no worse than the following:

   90-100% = A
     80-89% = B
     70-79% = C
     60-69% = D
Below 60% = F

Late Submission of Course Materials:

No late submissions of homework or make up quizzes, or exams are allowed except in the case of an unplanned documented emergency. (documentation will be required in the form of a doctor's note, accident report, etc.)

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

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Academic Honesty:
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Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. from Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 93

Attendance Policy:
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  3. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "F".
  4. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  5. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  6. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.

Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 96

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