Syllabus for Math 3150 Section 1, Fall 2010

Instructor: Y.-P. Lee, JWB 305
Office Hours: MW 12:40-13:30 and by appointments.

Time. MW 11:50-12:40
Room. LCB 225.

Course Information
Textbook: Partial Differential Equations with Fourier Series and Boundary Value Problems, Second Edition, by Nakhle Asmar
Subject: MATH. Catalogue Number: 3150. Official Course Numbers: 1219.
Description: We will review basic ODE theory as in the Appendix A and cover selected sections from Chapters 1 through 7. The topics contain:
Fourier series and boundary-value problems for the wave, heat, and Laplace equations, separation of variables, Sturm-Liouville problems and orthogonal expansions, Bessel functions and Legendre polynomials. Fourier transform.
Prerequisite: "C" or better in MATH 2250 OR MATH 2280 AND (MATH 2210 OR MATH 1260 OR MATH 1280). To get the permission code, please visit Mathematics Class Permission Code Request Form link at .

Homework: Homework will be assigned in the class and collected on the following Monday (or on Wednesday if Monday is a holiday.)
Student Solution Manual can be downloaded here.
UMail: Students are required to check their UMail accounts for important information regarding this class. For assistance regarding UMail, please call 581.4000.

Location: LCB215, unless otherwise announced.
1st Midterm: Wednesday, 15th September
2nd Midterm: Wednesday, 6th October
3rd Midterm: Wednesday, 10th November
4th Midterm: Monday, 6th December
Final Exam: Monday, 13th December, 10:30- 12:30.
Note: All exams are cumulative. Only pencils are allowed during the exams. No calculators, computers, books, notes etc.
Important! Please make sure that you can attend all exams. No makeup exams are possible without a documented exceptional reason. In most cases, must be pre-arranged with the instructor.

Grading Policy
Grades are based on the following scheme: 10% Homeork, 15% for each midterm exam, and 30% for the final exam. No alternative scheme unless authorized by the instructor in advance.

Additional Resources: The Math Center offers free tutoring, a computer lab, and study areas for undergraduates. Math Center is adjacent to the LCB and JWB. For information on the hours of the lab or tutoring center, please check on the website: The univeristy provides low cost Private Tutoring at University Tutoring Services at 330 SSB. There is also a list of tutors at the Math Department office, JWB 233

How to do well in this class? The answer is straightforward and old-fashioned: Prepare for Class, Keeping Up, and Do the Homework Problems. The exams will contain at least 80% from material covered in lecturs and homework problems, with little modification. If you really spend time with the material, there is a sure way to get a good grade. It also helps a great deal to ask questions during and after the lectures, especially after you have already previewed the material.

Instructor's comments: The goal of this class is to have students learn the material well and then to give them fair and accurate grades. To achieve this goal, the instructor belives in serious homework problems and hard exams. Serious problems make students learn more and better. Hard exams give a better evaluation of students' learning. In other words, if you are taking this class just to get a passing grade and with no intention to learn, consider taking another class.

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