MATH 336 Spring 2017

Ordinary Differential Equations (3 semester hours)



  • To learn how derivatives commonly appear in equations that describe the world;
  • To develop and improve problem solving skills and critical thinking;
  • To master mathematical techniques and concepts used to analyze and understand differential equations;
  • To learn to interpret the real-world meanings and implications of the mathematical results students learn to discover and derive.

TEXT: C.H. Edwards and D.E. Penney, Elementary Differential Equations, Sixth Edition, Pearson Prentice Hall, 2008.

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WITHDRAWAL: The last day for undergraduates to withdraw from a full-session course is Friday, March 10, 2017.

GRADING: Grades will be assigned on the basis of 600 points, as follows:

Three in-class exams worth 100 points each
Quizzes, 100 points total
Final exam, 200 points
Your instructor will provide more specific information about grading policies in your section.


Final Exams from previous semesters:
Fall 2014 final exam Answers to Fall 2014 final exam
Fall 2012 final exam Answers to Fall 2012 final exam
Spring 2010 Final Exam and Answers
Spring 2009 final exam Answers to Spring 2009 final exam

FINAL EXAM: The Final Exam is scheduled for Noon - 1:50 p.m., Tuesday, May 9, 2017. The final exam will be a comprehensive, departmental examination. All sections of this course will take the same final exam at the same time. Please note that the exam will likely NOT be in your regular classroom. Room assignments from the university are usually made one to two weeks before the final exam week. We will post them as soon as they are available.

CALCULATORS: A scientific calculator will be required for the numerical methods section of the class. No device with communication abilities should be on during exams and quizzes.

ACADEMIC CONDUCT: Academic honesty and mutual respect (student with student and instructor with student) are expected in this course. Mutual respect means being on time for class and not leaving early, being prepared to give full attention to class work, not reading newspapers or other material in class, not using cell phones or pagers during class time, and not looking at another student's work during exams. Academic misconduct, as defined by the Student Judicial Code, will not be treated lightly.

DRC STATEMENT: If you have specific physical, psychiatric, or learning disabilities and require accomodations, please let your instructor know early in the semester so that your learning needs may be appropriately met. You will need to provide documentation of your disability to the DRC (Disability Resource Center) Office located in the Health Services Building, 4th floor.