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Math 527: Differential Equations with Linear Algebra


Lecture: Spaulding 120, MWF 1:10-2:00pm
Instructor: John F. Gibson. Office hours MW 4-5pm, N309E Kingsbury Hall
Teaching assistants:

  • Kyle Gray (sections 1-3). Office hours T 4-5:30pm, W 2-3:30pm, N330 Kingsbury Hall
  • Ali Zarringhalam (sections 4-6). Office hours T 2-3pm, W 3:45-4:45pm, H 10-11am, N318 Kingsbury Hall
  • Elizabeth Wu (sections 7-9). Office hours TH 8-9:30am, N318 Kingsbury Hall

Suggested texts.

Syllabus: lecture topics by date, homework due dates, exam dates

Policies: on homework, exams, total grade calculations, etc.


  • 02/07/2014: Please see Exams for exam room assignments.
  • 02/05/2014: University closed, lecture canceled due to snow. Since we will not have time to address substitutions in 1st order ODEs before HW2 is due, please do just problems 1-7. The due date for HW2 remains 02/06/2014 in recitation.
  • 01/24/2014: Changed homework due dates on syllabus to Thursdays in recitation, and revised number of points off for missing or illegible names, etc. on policies.
  • 01/21/2014: You are responsible for reading and understanding the course policies and syllabus.
  • 01/21/2014: Add/drop forms for this course are approved and signed by the Math Dept office, W383 Kingsbury Hall. The instructor and TAs cannot sign these forms.


Homework policies. Homeworks are due most Thursdays in recitation.

homework due solutions topic notes
HW1 01/30 HW1 solns separable & 1st order linear
HW2 02/06 HW2 solns exact equations & substitutions don't do problems 8-10
HW3 02/20 HW3 solns 2nd-order const coeff homogeneous, reduction of order problem 10: assume  \alpha^2 - 4 \beta > 0
HW4 02/27 HW4 solns judicious guessing
HW5 03/27 HW5 solns Laplace transforms lots of problems, so get started early!
HW6 04/03 HW6 solns Laplace transforms, s and t translation, delta function
HW7 04/22 HW7 solns power series method note revised due date
HW8 05/01 HW8 solns systems of differential equations


Exam policies. Exams 1-3 will be held during lecture time, 1:10-2:00pm.

exam 1 M 2/10 1st order eqns last year's exam and solutions exam1
exam 2 W 3/5 2nd & higher order eqns last year's exam and solutions, and some var. of params problems and solutions
exam 3 M 4/7 Laplace transforms last year's exam and solutions (there's a sign error in solution to the EC problem)
final W 5/14 everything last year's final exam and solutions

The final exam is scheduled for Wednesday, May 14th, 1:00-3:00pm. Room assignment is by last name

  • A-P: Spaulding 120
  • Q-Z: Spaulding G26
gibson/teaching/spring-2014/math527.txt · Last modified: 2014/05/13 12:37 by gibson