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 2610 - Ordinary Differential Equations - section 02

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. Students taking this course for graduate credit should consult the MATH 5610 syllabus.

Textbook: Fundamentals of Differential Equations and Boundary Value Problems, 7th edition, by Nagle, Saff, and Snider (required). Student's solutions manual (optional).

Classes meet on TR, 9:3510:50am, at Stevenson Center 1117 (1st floor of the Mathematics Building).

Contact Information and Office Hours
Instructor's office: Stevenson Center 1515 (5th floor of the Mathematics Building).
Instructor's email: marcelo.disconzi@vanderbilt.edu.
Instructor's office hours: Thursdays, 1:004:00pm, or by appointment.
Instructor's office phone: (615) 322-7147.

Exams

Description Date
Location and Time
Remarks
Test 1 Feb 13
in class
Covering all material discussed up to (including) section 4.5.
Practice test. Solutions. Test solutions.
Test 2 Mar 29
in class
Covering all material discussed from (including) section 4.6 to (including) section 9.8, with the exception of Cauchy-Euler equations (i.e., Cauchy-Euler will not be on the test), plus sections 1.3 and 1.4. Practice test. Solutions. Test solutions.
Final Exam May 1
9am, SC 1117
The test will be cumulative with an emphasis on chapter 12. The test will cover all material, except for Cauchy-Euler equations in section 4.7, sections 1.3, 1.4, 5.2, 5.3, non-conservative systems in section 12.4, and section 12.7. Practice final. Solutions. Test solutions.

Group project
The group project is posted.

Schedule
Below 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 a computer symbol in the textbook, are optional.

Here are the class notes. These will be updated as the course progresses.

Date Section HW problems Remarks
Jan 9 1.1, 1.2 Appendix A: 1-7 (odd), 15, 17, 29-33 (odd)
1.1: 1-16
Appendix A is a review of calculus
Examples
Jan 11 1.2, 2.2 1.2: 1-7 (odd), 19-27 (odd)
2.2: 1, 3, 11-15 (odd)
HW 1.1, 1.2, and 2.2 are due on Jan 23
Examples
Jan 16 2.3 2.3: 11-21 (odd), 35, 36 HW 2.3 is due on Jan 25
Examples
Jan 18 2.4 2.4: 1-8, 9-17 (odd), 27, 30 HW 2.4 is due on Jan 25
Examples
Jan 23 3.2, 4.1 3.2: 1, 3, 5
4.1: 1-6

Jan 25 4.2 4.2: 1-11 (odd), 16, 18, 21, 26 HW 3.2, 4.1, and 4.2 is due on Feb 1st
Jan 30 4.3 4.3: 1-17 (odd)
Feb 1 4.4, 4.5 4.4: 1-8, 9-17 (odd), 27-32 HW 4.3, 4.4, and 4.5 is due on Feb 13
Examples
Feb 6 4.5, 4.6 4.5: 1, 2, 9-12
4.6: 5-15 (odd)

Feb 8 4.7 4.7: 10-19 Examples
Examples
HW 4.6 and 4.7 is due on Feb 20
Feb 13 Test 1

Feb 15 5.1, 5.2 5.2: 4-10, 15, 25
Feb 20 1.3, 1.4 1.3: 1, 2, 5, 6, 10 Notes on existence, direction fields, and Euler's method
Examples with Mathematica
Feb 22 1.4, 5.3 1.4: 1, 3, 6, 12, 13
5.3: 1-7
HW 5.2, 1.3, 1.4, and 5.3 is due on Mar 1
Feb 27 9.1, 9.2, 9.3 9.1: 1-6, 9, 10
9.2: 1-6
Linear algebra examples
Mar 1 9.3, 9.4 9.3: 6-8, 11, 15, 29, 41-43
9.4: 3-21 (odd), 25, 27, 28
HW: 9.1, 9.2, 9.3, and 9.4 is due on Mar 15
Mar 3-11 N/A
Spring break
Mar 13 9.5 9.5: 13-25 (odd), 37, 49 Examples
Mar 15 9.6 9.6: 1, 3, 11-21 (odd) Examples
Mar 20 9.7 9.7: 1-6, 11, 12 Examples
Mar 22 9.8 9.8: 1-6, 12, 17, 26 Examples
HW 9.5, 9.6, 9.7, and 9.8 is due on Mar 29
Mar 27 5.4, 12.1 5.4: 3-6, 10, 15, 28
Mar 29 Test 2

Apr 3 12.2 12.2: 3-12, 15, 21, 26
Apr 5 12.3 12.3: 1-7 (odd), 9, 10, 15, 17, 18 Examples
HW 5.4, 12.2, 12.3, and 12.4 is due on Apr 17
Apr 10 12.4 12.4: 7-17 (odd)
Apr 12 12.5 12.5: 1-17
Apr 17 12.6 12.6: 1-4, 11, 13-23 (odd) Examples
Apr 19 12.7 12.7: 3, 7, 11
May 1 Final exam


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