MAP 2302 (Section 5590): Elementary differential equations

Detailed Syllabus for MAP_2302_Section_5590_Fall_2017


Time and Location

M W F Period 3 (9.35-10.25 am), LIT 205

Description and Goals

MAP 2302 (Elementary Differential Equations) is a 3 credit hours course in differential equations that covers topics such as: first order linear, separable, exact and homogeneous second order homogeneous and non-homogeneous ordinary differential equations with constant and variable coefficients, the Laplace transform and its application to solving linear ordinary equations, power series solutions of ordinary differential equations, and applications of differential equations.

Differential equations constitute a language through which the laws of nature are expressed. Many of the fundamental laws of applied Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Engineering, Economics and Finance can be formulated as differential equations. Hence, it is essential for students in the physical sciences, biological sciences, engineering, social sciences, etc., to be familiar with differential equations.

The major objective of MAP 2302 is to introduce students to the basic concepts and applications of differential equations. Students would be expected to understand the basic concepts of differential equations well enough to be able to decide when, how, and why to apply them to real-world phenomena and to be able to interpret and communicate the results. This course is designed to help students progress in developing analytical thinking, critical reasoning, problem-solving, and communication skills. The goal is to obtain a useful mastery of concepts and methods basic to fully understand and appreciate the theory and practice of differential equations.


The purpose of homework is to develop more skills in the material covered. It will be the student’s responsibility to solve the assigned homework problems in a timely manner. Selected problems from homework will be graded and these will count towards the final grade. Students who intend to do well in the course are advised to solve the homework problems. Students should feel free to approach the instructor with difficulties from homework problems. Problems in which students encounter difficulties may also be discussed in class. See the detailed course outline for assigned homework problems.

Final Grades

There will be four exams administered during the normal 50 minutes class period and one cumulative (comprehensive) final exam. The final exam shall be administered according to the University’s schedule. Each exam will consist of a multiple choice and a problem section. The problem section will contain questions that require detailed solutions and possibly definitions and brief explanations of concepts and it will be graded on a partial credit basis. Only the best four exams will count towards the final course grade.

Exams                                400 points

Quizzes                                50 points

Homework                            40 points

Attendance/participation       10 points

 Total                             500 points


Grading  Scale

Grade      Range                                Grade      Range                                    Grade      Range

  A+         480-500                                 C+        388-399                                        E        0-299

  A           465-479                                 C          375-387

  A-         450-464                                  C-         350-374

  B+        438-449                                  D+        338-349

  B          425-437                                  D          325-337

  B-         400-424                                  D-        300-324


Attendance and Late Policy

In a bit to understand the material, it will be essential that students keep pace with the material as it is being presented. Consequently, students will be expected to attend all class meetings, and to be on time too. Late homework will not be accepted or graded.

Special Accommodations

Students requesting classroom accommodations or special arrangements during examinations must first register with the Dean of Students Office. The Dean of Students Office will provide documentation. The student must then make arrangements with the instructor to meet the requesting accommodation.

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