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Math 250: Differential Equations
Instructor: Joe Erickson (email@example.com)
Textbook: A First Course in Differential Equations, 10th Ed., by Dennis Zill
Term: Spring 2016
April 10 - Exam #3 will be on April 20 and cover sections 4.2, 4.4, and 4.6.
April 6 - Exam #2 and its key are in the Resources section of the site.
April 5 - The syllabus below now has updated office hours.
March 28 - We will have Exam #2 on March 30, however it will cover only sections 3.1, 4.1, and 4.3. Section 4.2 will be pushed to Exam #3.
March 23 - Unfortunately I have to cancel class today. We'll meet again next week.
March 11 - Good news: I've decided to add 5 more percentage points to everyone's Exam #1 score. So for example if you got 87% on the exam, you now have 92%. I do not believe any of the problems on the exam were unreasonably difficult; however the argument could be made that the exam was somewhat overly long.
March 2 - Exam #1 and its key are in the Resources section of the site (link below).
January 21 - Office hours are now in the syllabus (link below).
December 8 - The book assumes some familiarity with the hyperbolic functions. You need to know the definitions of sinh and cosh. The definitions of the other four hyperbolic functions follow in a manner analogous to the trigonometric functions: tanh=sinh/cosh, sech=1/cosh, and so on. Also know the derivatives of sinh and cosh, which are easy: sinh'(t)=cosh(t), which is like sin'(t)=cos(t), and cosh'(t)=sinh(t), which is almost like cos'(t)=-sin(t). See this page for the full lowdown on hyperbolic functions.
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