Syllabus for Math 231, Section 1, CRN 20356
Instructor: Abner J. Salgado
Office: Ayres Hall 204, Tel: (865) 974-6577
Meetings: MWF 11:15a-12:05p Ayres 124
MW 2-3p. Office hours can also be arranged by appointment.
First course emphasizing solution techniques. Includes first-order equations and applications, theory of linear equations, equations with constant coefficients, Laplace transforms, and series solutions.
Student Learning Outcomes
The successful student will demonstrate knowledge and computational skills in ordinary differential equations. We will learn to classify fundamental types of differential equations and how to compute their solutions. We will study how to apply these techniques to the solution of simple real world models and learn how to interpret their solutions.
The textbook for this class is:
a list of suggested problems for each section is given below. While these will not be collected, it is strongly suggested that you solve them all as this will help with the quizzes and exams.
The use of a calculator as an auxiliary tool is allowed in this class. However, to obtain credit, all the steps leading to the solution of a problem must be clearly written.
Learning Environment and Classroom Expectations/Etiquette
Every student is expected to maintain an atmosphere that fosters a positive learning environment. During class, that means students need to turn off their cell phones and refrain from doing anything that is not related to the class. While it is understood that there might be occasions when leaving early or coming in late is necessary, these must be kept to a minimum, as they are a distraction to the instructor and the students.
Questions and discussions during class are encouraged. We will follow the textbook fairly closely, so students are highly encouraged to read ahead in preparation for each class.
Students must be familiar with the academic standards of conduct section of the Hilltopics handbook.
Assessment and Evaluations Methods
There will be two in-class exams and a comprehensive final exam. Tentative dates for the exams are February 26 and April 1. The official date will be announced in class at least two weeks in advance. The University Calendar sets the final examination date to be Thursday, May 5 10:15a - 12:15p.
There will be a short (10-15 minutes) quiz approximately every week. It will be administered at the beginning of the Friday lecture and cover the material of the previous lectures.
The grading scheme will be as follows: each in-class exam is worth 20 points, the final is worth 30 points, quizzes are worth 30 points. The cutoffs will be approximately: 90% or higher is an A, 80% - B, 70% - C and 60% - C. I reserve the right to change this scale, provided the change benefits all students. All grades will be made available on Online@UT.
Attendance and Make Up Policies
Attendance to every class is mandatory. There will be NO make up for the quizzes. Make ups for the in-class exams and final will be given only if a student can present evidence that an absence was caused by serious illness, a death in the immediate family, religious observance, or participation in University activities at the request of University authorities. For an illness, you must present a signed statement from a doctor that your illness was sufficiently serious to make you miss class. A note saying only that you visited the doctor or the Health Center will not suffice.
There will be NO extra credit assignments, especially nearing the end of the semester.
Below is a list of topics for the class, together with suggested problems for each section.
1,3,6,9,11,15,21,24,25,27,29,31,34 of Appendix A
Math Tutorial Center
Campus Syllabus (includes Disability Services info)