Marcelo Mendes Disconzi
Department of Mathematics, Vanderbilt University

email: marcelo.disconzi at vanderbilt.edu
office: Stevenson Center 1515
phone: (615) 322 7147   fax: (615) 343 0215
mail to: 1326 Stevenson Center, Vanderbilt University, Nashville TN 37240

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Marcelo Mendes Disconzi
MATH 208 - Fall 14 - Lecture 01


General Information:
For a description of the course, including the grading policy, consult the course syllabus. Students are responsible for reading the syllabus and being aware of all the course and university policies.

Textbook: Fundamentals of Differential Equations and Boundary Value Problems, by Nagle, Saff, Snider, 6th edition (required). Student's solutions manual (optional).

Lecture 01 meets on MWF, 09:10am–10:00am, at Stevenson Center 1431.

Contact Information and Office Hours:
Instructor's office: Stevenson Center 1515.
Instructor's email: marcelo.disconzi@vanderbilt.edu.
Instructor's office hours: Wed 10:10am-12:10pm, 1:30pm-2:30pm, or by appointment.
Instructor's office phone: 322-7147.
General Math Office: Stevenson Center 1326, phone: 322-6672.

Resources and extra materials:
If you need to brush up on your Calculus skills, there is a nice set of lecture notes by Gregory Naber, containing several examples, at

http://www.gregnaber.com/lectures/calculus/

If you learn things best by seeing tons of examples, you should have a look at the textbooks Schaum's outline of Differential Equations. It can be found in the library or bought at a reasonable price at Amazon.

Exams.

Description Date and Time Location Remarks
Test 1 Mon, Sept 29 In class Covering all sections up to (including) section 4.7. Click here for a practice test, and here for the solutions. Review session on Thursday, 6pm, at SC 1313.
Test 2 Fri, Nov 07 In class Covering sections 5.1, 5.2, 5.3 of chapter 5, and sections 9.1 to 9.8 of chapter 9. Click here for a practice test, and here the solutions. Review session on Monday, Nov 3rd, 6pm, at SC 1313.
Final Exam Thu, Dec 11, 3:00pm SC 1431 Covering all sections. Click here for a practice final, and here for the solutions. Review session on Tuesday, Dec 9, 6pm, at SC 1307.

Schedule:
Below is a schedule for the course (for the academic calendar, click here). This is subject to change, and therefore, you should check this webpage frequently. Unless stated otherwise, all problems are from the textbook. The due date for each assignment will be posted as the course progresses. Problems that require a computer, indicated with computer symbol in the textbook, are optional.

Date Sections HW problems Remarks
Aug 20 1.1
Appendix A: 1-33 (odd)
1.1: 1-16
Appendix A is a review of calculus.
Aug 22 1.2, 1.3
1.2: 1-11 (odd), 19-27 (odd)
1.3: 1, 2, 5, 6, 10
Examples
Aug 25 1.3, 1.4
1.4: 1-6, 12, 13
Examples
Aug 27 1.4, 2.2
2.2: 1-15 (odd), 30-34, 37
Examples
Aug 29 2.3
2.3: 11-21 (odd), 35, 36
Examples
HW due: problems of appendix A, sections 1.1, and 1.2.
Sept 01 2.4
2.4: 1-27 (odd)
Examples
Sept 03 3.2
3.2: 1, 3, 5
Last day to drop a class with no entry on the record.
Sept 05 4.1, 4.2
4.1: 1-6
4.2: 1-12 (odd), 16, 18, 21, 26
HW due: problems of sections 1.3, 1.4, and 2.2.
Sept 08 4.2

Summary
Sept 10 4.3
4.3: 11-27 (odd)

Sept 12 4.4
4.4: 1-8, 9-17 (odd), 27-32
Examples
HW due: problems of sections 2.3, 2.4, 3.2, and 4.1.
Sept 15 4.4, 4.5
4.5: 1,2, 9-12

Sept 17 4.5, 4.6
4.6: 5-15 (odd)
Examples
Sept 19 4.6

HW due: problems of sections 4.2, 4.3, and 4.4.
Sept 22 4.7
4.7: 10-19
Examples
Sept 24 4.7, 5.1


Sept 26 5.2
5.2: 4-10, 15, 25
Examples
HW due: problems of sections 4.5, 4.6, and 4.7.
Sept 29 Test 1
Solutions
Oct 01 5.3
5.3: 1-7
Examples
Mid-semester undergraduate deficiency reports begin.
Oct 03 9.1, 9.2 9.1: 1-6, 9, 10
9.2: 1-6
Examples
HW due: problems of sections 5.1, 5.2, and 5.3.
Oct 06 9.3
9.3: 6-8, 11, 15, 29, 41-43

Oct 08 9.4
9.4: 1-25 (odd)

Oct 10 9.4

HW due: problems of sections 9.1, 9.2, and 9.3.
Oct 13 9.5 9.5: 13-25 (odd), 37, 45, 49
Examples
Oct 15 9.5
Last day to change from pass/fail to graded status in a Fall semester class.
Last day undergraduate students may withdraw from Fall semester classes.
Oct 16-17 N/A

Fall break.
Oct 20 9.6
9.6: 1, 3, 11-21 (odd)
Examples
Oct 22 9.6


Oct 24 9.7
9.7: 1-6, 11, 12
Examples
HW due: problems of sections 9.4, and 9.5.
Oct 27 9.7, 9.8
9.8: 1-6, 12, 17, 26
Examples
Oct 29 9.8

Oct 31 5.4
5.4: 3-6, 10, 15, 28
HW due: problems of sections 9.6, and 9.7.
Nov 03 12.1, 12.2 12.2: 3-12, 15, 21, 26

Nov 05 12.2, 12.3
12.3: 1-7 (odd), 9, 10, 15, 17, 18

Nov 07 Test 2
HW due: problems of section 9.8.
Solutions
Nov 10 12.3

Examples
Nov 12 12.4
12.4: 7-17 (odd)

Nov 14 12.5
12.5: 1-17

Nov 17 12.5


Nov 19 12.6
12.6: 1-4, 11, 13-23 (odd)

Nov 21 12.6

HW due: problems of section 12.2
Nov 22-30 N/A

Thanksgiving holidays.
Nov 28-Dec 4 N/A

Dead week for A & S.
Dec 01 12.7
12.7: 3, 7, 11

Dec 03 12.7


Dec 04 N/A

Undergraduate classes end.
Dec 05-13 N/A

Undergraduate examinations and reading days.
Dec 11 Final Exam

Dec 13 N/A

Fall semester ends.

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