MTH 244 
Section 2 
Differential Equations
2:00PM - 3:15PM TuTh
Kelley Hall 102

Instructor    Araceli M. Bonifant  
Office: Tyler Hall 217
Phone: 4-4394

Office Hours: Tuesday, Thursday 3:30-4:30 pm or by appointment.

Text: Text: Ordinary Differential Equations by Finizio and Ladas, Simon and Schuster, Third Edition

About the course: In this course we study the classification and solution of differential equations involving one independent variable and their applications to the physical sciences.

We will study:

  • First Order Differential Equations.
  • Linear Differential Equations.
  • Linear Systems.
  • The Laplace Transform.
  • Series Solutions of Second-Order Linear Equations.
  • Bounday Value Problems.
  • If time allows it, we will go over Numerical Solutions of Differential Equations.

    Prerequisites: MTH 243

    A tentative   syllabus  will be updated according to the progress of the class.

    Policies: You are expected to abide by the University's civility policy: "The University of Rhode Island is committed to developing and actively protecting a class environment in which respect must be shown to everyone in order to facilitate the expression, testing, understanding, and creation of a variety of ideas and opinions. Rude, sarcastic, obscene or disrespectful speech and disruptive behavior have a negative impact on everyone's learning and are considered unacceptable. The course instructor will have disruptive persons removed from the class."

    Cell phones and beepers must be turned off in class.

    You are required to do your own work unless specifically told otherwise by your instructor (e.g. a joint project). In support of honest students, those discovered cheating on assignments or exams will receive a grade of zero on the assignment or exam. Use of unauthorized aids such as cheat sheets or information stored in calculator memories, will be considered cheating. The Mathematics Department and the University strongly promote academic integrity.

    Grading Policy:

    Your grade will be determined by your scores on

  • Exam I       : 15%
  • Exam II      : 20%
  • Exam III     : 20%
  • Final           : 30%
  • Quizzes      : 15%
  • Homework: Homework will be assigned weekly but not collected or graded. However the weekly quiz may be based on homework assignments.

    Quizzes: There will be weekly quizzes.

    There will be no make up quizzes or exams.

    Exam Schedule:

    Exam I :         Thursday, February 17th.  Kelley 102.
    Exam II :        Tuesday, April 5th. Kelley 102.
    Exam III :       Tuesday, May 10th. Kelley 102.
    Final Exam:    Thursday, May 19th., 11:30 AM - 2:30 PM.,  Kelly 102

    Students with Disabilities:
    If you have a physical, psychological, medical or learning disability that may impact your course work, please contact Disability Services for Students, 330 Memorial Union, 4-2098. They will determine with you what accommodations are necessary and appropriate. All information and documentation is confidential.

    The Academic Enhancement Center: The work in this course can be difficult. You can seek help at the Academic Enhancement Center (AEC) in Roosevelt Hall. AEC tutors can answer questions, clarify concepts, check your understanding, and help you to study. You can make an appointment or walk in anytime Mon-Thur 10 AM to 10 PM, Fri 10 AM to 1 PM, Sun 4 PM - 8 PM. They are located in the fourth floor in Roosevelt Hall. Their telephone number is (401) 874-2367.