Department of Mathematics

Math 315: Differential Equations

Math 315 Information

Kevin Cooper
Neill 322
Office Hours:
10-11 M-F
TA information:
There will be a midterm exam worth 100 points, and a comprehensive final exam worth 200 points.
There will be weekly homework assignments worth 10 points each (only 4 points the first week). We will grade a variable number of problems each week, which will be chosen at random from the ones assigned.
Differential Equations with Boundary Value Problems (Second Edition), by John Polking, Albert Boggess, and David Arnold, Pearson, Upper Saddle River, 2006.
Academic Integrity:
Some students find it too tempting to copy the work of others. While we encourage collaboration and helpfulness among students, ultimately students must demonstrate that they have learned something by turning in their own work. Assignments or exams that show clear evidence of plagiarism (copying) will receive scores of zero. This will occur regardless of whether the student in question was the one copying, or the one copied. Protect your own work.
  • Intro to Differential Equations - about two days
  • First order equations - about nine days
  • Second order equations - about nine days
  • Laplace transforms - about five days
  • Systems of differential equations - about ten days
Students with disabilities
Reasonable accommodations are available for students with a documented disability. If you have a disability and may need accommodations to fully participate in this class, please visit the Disability Resource Center (DRC). All accommodations MUST be approved through the DRC (Admin Annex Bldg, Room 205). Please stop by or call 509-335-3417 to make an appointment with a disability specialist. If you have questions, please contact Rosie Pavlov at or 335-3417. Additional information is available on the DRC website is

This class will run from Monday, 7 June, until Friday, 30 July.

I have started posting homework. It will be due each week on Wednesday, during class. I will usually not post the entire week's homework at once. Check this every day to see what is up. Homework assigned on Tuesdays will not be due until the following week.

The TA for this class is Giang Trinh. He holds office hours from 3:00 to 4:20 every Monday and Friday. Go see him if you have questions about homework grading, or if you cannot make the instructor's hours, or if you just prefer his explanations.

The final exam will take place on Thursday, 29 July, from 6-9 PM in our usual classroom, Wegner G1. Class will be cancelled on Thursday and Friday, 29 and 30 July, to compensate for this special lengthened exam time. The instructor will be present in the classroom at the normal class time on Thursday for an optional help session.

There is a sample final exam posted. The tables you will have available are also posted.

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