Math 3280: Differential Equations & Linear Algebra

Spring 2014 Course Syllabus

Instructor: Harlan Stech Telephone: 726 - 8272

Office: SCC 156 Email:

Office Hours: MWF 10:00-10:50, and by appointment.

Lecture Meetings: MWThF 9:00-9:50 EduE 50.

Computer Lab Meetings: T 9:00-9:50 MonH 209

Graduate Teaching Assistant: Diwash Shrestha GTA Telephone: 726 - 6239

GTA Office: SCC 115 GTA Email:

GTA Office Hours: TTh 11:00-11:50, Th 2:00-2:50

Text: Differential Equations and Linear Algebra, 2nd OR 3rd Edition, Edwards & Penney, Prentice-Hall.

Course Web Site: found via http://

Prerequisites: Calculus I and II

Objectives: Topics to be covered will include: Matrices and matrix algebra, solution of linear algebraic equations, determinants, matrix inversion. First, second and higher order differential equations, Laplace transforms, systems of differential equations, and applications. The computer lab will involve the use of the Mathematica computational software program.

Grading: There will be homework/computational assignments (assigned during each lecture and collected once a week), three in-class exams, and a final exam. The final grade will be based on:

50% from the HIGHER of the in-class exam average and final exam grade

35% from the LOWER of the in-class exam average and final exam grade

15% from the homework/computational assignments.

All exams will be graded according to a scale no higher than:

A = 90 % or above

B = 80 - 90 %

C = 70 - 80 %

D = 60 - 70 %

F = below 60 %

FINAL EXAMINATION: Monday, May 12, 8:00-9:55 AM

This course will adhere to UMD's Student Academic Integrity Policy, which can be found at This policy sanctions students engaging in academic dishonesty with penalties up to and including expulsion from the university for repeat offenders. You are expected to neither give nor receive aid on the homework, computational assignments and exams. While it is permissible to ask of other students general questions in the class about the homework and computer labs, what you turn in should reflect what YOU understand about the material. "Team" solutions are not acceptable.

No make - up exams will be given unless arrangements are made in advance of the day of the exam. University policy will prevail in the rescheduling of the final exam. Points may be deducted for late homework/computational assignments.

Students are expected to follow the University's Student Conduct Code ( while in class.

It is the policy and practice of the University of Minnesota Duluth to create inclusive learning environments for all students, including students with disabilities. If there are aspects of this course that result in barriers to your inclusion or your ability to meet course requirements such as time limited exams, inaccessible web content, or the use of non-captioned videos please notify the instructor as soon as possible. You are also encouraged to contact the Office of Disability Resources to discuss and arrange reasonable accommodations. Please call 218-726-6130 or visit the DR website at for more information.