Math 256 - Differential Equations - Fall 2013 - Prof. Mark Janeba

MWF 8:00-9:00 a.m.
Ford 204 
Office: Ford Hall 216
Phone/Voice Mail: (503) 370-6123
Office hours:
Text: Calculus Elementary Differential Equations and Boundary Value Problems, 9th edition, by Boyce & DiPrima
ISBN 978-0-470-38334-6, published by Wiley
Covering roughly chapters 1-4, and portions of 5-8.

Course Content and Goals:

Upon completion of this course, successful students will demonstrate the ability to:


Course Points
Weekly quizzes at 25 points each,
except on exam weeks, drop 2 lowest:
200 points (approx)
Five to ten WebWork assignments, mostly integration review
approx 5 points each, 25-50 points total
Three one-hour exams at 100 points each: 300 points
One or two group projects at 75 points: 75-150 points
Comprehensive Final exam: 200 points
Total: 800-900 points (approx)
For each graded piece of work, I will post cutoff scores for grades of A-, B-, C, C-, and D. At the end of the term, if your point total is more than the total of the A- cutoffs, your grade will be an A- or better, and so on. However, see the notes below on grade adjustments. Cutoffs will never be higher than this:

A- B- C C- D
90% 80% 70% 67% 60%
... but they are often lower.
Exam makeup policy: Exam make-ups or early hour exams are given only for verifiable illness or for university-sanctioned intercollegiate activities. For collegiate activities, you must see me before you leave to arrange a makeup time. In any case, contact me in advance except in emergencies.

Final exam time is Saturday, Dec.14, 2013, from 8-11 am, as set by the University; early finals will not be given. Please make your travel plans now.  Really.  I mean it.  If someone else will be making your travel plans, it would be wise to notify them immediately of your committments.

The project will be done by assigned groups. One paper per group is to be submitted, and a common grade is given.

Quizzes, Homework, and Participation

Quizzes are 15 to 25 minutes long, with problems that resemble homework. We will usually have a quiz in any week without an exam or a project due. Some weeks may be more crowded.

Homework is assigned daily but will not be collected; however, skipping or putting off homework will damage your grade badly. Don't let this happen to you. Careful and precise exposition of your work is required on exams. Such writing does not come automatically, so it will help to practice careful writing on your homework.

Please come to class prepared to discuss the previous night's homework.

Accommodations for students with disabilities:Accomodations required by students with disabilities will be provided upon reasonable advance notice and verification of requirement/eligibility from the Office of Disability Services(Bishop Wellness Center).  If you forsee needing an accomodation, it is probably best to inquire at the Office of Disability Services at the start of the semester.  If Disability Services prescribes extra time for exams, you must remind your instructor of your needs at least one week before an exam and send an email reminder at least three days before the exam to ensure appropriate accommodations have been made. 

Policy on in-class distractions and cell phones: It is important to respect the concentration and attention of each student in the class.  Class time is limited, precious, and the tuition is quite expensive per minute.  Arriving late for class is not acceptable barring genuine emergencies.  Electronic devices not required for the course must be turned off during class time.  Exceptions include calculators, and special-needs aids such as lecture-recording devices.  If your cell phone rings during regular class time, you will be required to bring pastries or cookies for the entire class at the next class meeting.  During exams and quizzes, the penalty is more specific: two points for each ring, or one point per second of audible sound, whichever is greater.  Please help me hold distractions for your fellow students to an absolute minimum.

Workload and time committment expectations

It is the policy of the College of Liberal Arts taht for every hour of class time there is an expectation of two to three hours of work outside of class.
Thus, for our class you should anticipate spending six to nine hours weekly outside of class engaged in study time, reading and homework assignments, and group work.

Academic Honesty Expectations

All exams and quizzes are to be taken with books and notes closed (except as noted on the exam paper), completely on your own. Anything you can electronically store on an ordinary graphing calculator is acceptable unless otherwise directed, but written notes are prohibited.  Use of laptop and tablet computers, smart phones, and anything else capable of communication with the world outside the classroom will not be allowed during quizzes and exams. 

On written group assignments, you may (and should) discuss the problem, methods of approach, examples you have found, and even the solution(s), with anyone. You may use any source you find useful, but you must acknowledge your sources in writing in the assignment.  Grading is based primarily on the amount of work and thought that students have applied to their sources and the extent to which they have demonstrated understanding of them.

Plagiarism is the copying or paraphrasing of any work from another source without proper written acknowledgement.  You should not see (or hear) the written report or report-draft of any student outside your group until reports are graded. I will treat any such occurrence as plagiarism. All group members are responsible for knowing all the sources their group's members used in making a report. All involved with plagiarized projects will receive failing project grades.

In keeping with college policy, plagiarism will be reported to the dean (see student handbook). Systematic or organized plagiarism on exams or quizzes will result in course failure. If you are uncertain about some aspect of the academic honesty policy, it is your responsibility to get clarification from the instructor.

Last Modified August 27, 2013.
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