Math 220: Differential Equations

Contact Information

Instructor: Marc Chamberland
Office: 2522 Noyce Science Center
Phone: 269-4207

Office Hours

M: 2:30-4:00
TR: 2:30-4:00


Elementary Differential Equations and Boundary Value Problems, 10e
Boyce and DiPrima

Course Description : We will cover most of the textbook. This includes formulating physical systems as differential equations, learning various methods to solve them, basics of infinite series and how to use them to solve differential equations, studying linear and nonlinear systems of differential equations, and topological methods.

Learning Outcomes:: The broad learning goals of the course are:
Class Attendence:: If you need to miss a class because of a conflicting obligation (away sports game, religious holiday, etc.), let me know ahead of time.

Workload:: Daily homework (except on test days) should normally take two hours to complete. The three semester tests and the final exam will require a substantial amount of studying if you want to do well.

Academic Honesty: Grinnell College's Academic Honesty policy is located in the Student Handbook available online. It is the College's expectation that students be aware of and meet the expectations expressed in this policy. In this course, students are allowed to work with others on the homework but they should acknowledge at the top of their assignment who they worked with.

Accomodations: If you have specific physical, psychiatric or learning disabilities and require accomodations, please let me 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 Associate Dean and Director of Academic Advising, Autumn Wilke (x3089), located on the third floor of JRC.

Homework (15%)
Three One-Hour Exams (3x17%=51%)
Final Exam (34%)

Syllabus up to the first exam
Syllabus up to the second exam
Syllabus up to the final exam