MATH 2552 Sections B and C
Differential Equations
Summer 2016

General Information:
Lectures: B: MWF 12:00pm - 1:10pm in College of Computing 17
C: MWF 1:20pm - 2:30pm in College of Computing 17
Instructors: Jamie Conway (first half)        Office Hours: MWF 11:00am - 11:50am in Skiles 165, E-mail:
Maryam Yashtini (second half)        Office Hours: TBD in Skiles 016, E-mail:
Exercises: Click Here

James R. Brannan and William E. Boyce, Differential Equations (an introduction to modern methods and applications), 3rd edition, John Wiley & Sons, 2015. [Publisher's website for the text]

We plan to cover Chapters 1-7 in the semester.

Section B1: Tues/Thurs 2:00pm - 3:10pm in Skiles 269 TA: Yanxi Hou
Office Hours: Tues/Thurs 3:30pm - 4:30pm in Skiles 161
Section B2: Tues/Thurs 2:00pm - 3:10pm in Skiles 270 TA: Longmei Shu
Office Hours: Tues/Thurs 3:10pm - 4:10pm in Skiles 163
Section C1: Tues/Thurs 2:00pm - 3:10pm in Skiles 202 TA: Jiaqi Yang
Office Hours: Tues/Thurs 3:10pm - 4:10pm in Skiles 146B
Section C2: Tues/Thurs 2:00pm - 3:10pm in Skiles 249 TA: Hyun Ki Min
Office Hours: Tues/Thurs 1:00pm - 2:00pm in Skiles 149

Exams and Grades:
There will be 4 Quizzes (25 minutes), 2 Midterms (1 hour 10 minutes), and a comprehensive Final Exam (2 hours 50 minutes).


Time Place
Quiz 1 May 31 (Tuesday) 2:00pm-2:25pm Your recitation room
Midterm 1 June 8 (Wednesday) Normal Class Time College of Computing 17
(not your recitation room)
Quiz 2 June 16 (Thursday) 2:00pm-2:25pm Your recitation room
Quiz 3 June 23 (Thursday) 2:00pm-2:25pm Your recitation room
Midterm 2 July 6 (Wednesday) Normal Class Time College of Computing 17
(not your recitation room)
Quiz 4 July 19 (Tuesday) 2:00pm-2:25pm Your recitation room
Final B: July 29 (Friday) 2:50pm-5:40pm
C: August 2 (Tuesday) 2:50pm-5:40pm
College of Computing 17
(not your recitation room)

For the exam coverage and practice problems, see this webpage:

COURSE GRADE: Your course average will be the highest of the following three numbers, plus 2% extra Recitation Grades assigned by your TA:

Weighted Average One 36%*(Quizzes) + 34%*(Midterms) +30%*(Final)
Weighted Average Two 27%*(Three Better Quizzes, the Lowest Dropped) + 34%*(Midterms) +39%*(Final)
Weighted Average Three 36%*(Quizzes) + 18%*(The Better Midterm) + 7%*(The Lower Midterm) +39%*(Final)

The grading scale will be:

Course Average 90-100 80-89.999 70-79.999 60-69.999 0-59.999
Letter Grade A B C D F

EXTRA CREDIT: Your participation in the recitation sections will be measured by your TA. The recitation grade will count as extra credit (maximum 2%) and will be added onto the course average, affecting borderline grades.

T-SQUARE: The official record of your exam scores will be posted at T-Square. I will also use the class mailing list on T-Square to make announcements. Please make sure that your T-Square account is correctly set up.

NO MAKE-UP EXAMS! In general, no make-up exams will be given and any missed exam results in a "0" score.

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  • In the case of SERIOUS illness, please contact the instructor BEFORE the exam and get a written note from your doctor.
  • In the case of emergency, please contact the Office of Dean of Students immediately and let them send me a notice.
  • Requests for student organization excused absences must be made no later than two weeks prior to the date of the event. No late requests will be honored. Please have your advisor send me a written notice or an e-mail.

CHEAT-SHEET: In each exam, you can bring one sheet of note. You can use both front and back. The size of the paper should not exceed Letter Size and the note has to be hand-written by yourself. No Copies! All other notes, books, calculators, computers, electronic devices etc. are not allowed.

REGRADING REQUEST: Any regrading request should be submitted to the instructor, Jamie Conway/Maryam Yashtini (not to the TA), with the graded exam in the original unaltered form and a note on a separate piece of paper explaining the reason, within one week of the date the work has been returned to the class. Please do not write ANYTHING on the original graded exam.

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Exercises will be assigned on this linked webpage.

Although we do not collect homework, I strongly suggest you to solve all of the assigned exercises. In order to get a good understanding of the course material, the minimum work you need to do consists of three parts: read the text, review the examples discussed in the classes, and solve ALL exercise problems.

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