Mathematics 330 (3 credit hours)

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Dr. Caldwell, office 429 Holt Humanities, office phone 7336.  Department office 7360.  Email:  Web page:
Fundamentals of Differential Equations by Nagle, Saff & Snider, Sixth Edition, 2004, Pearson Education. ISBN 0–321–14572–0.
A copy of the department course syllabus (with course outline and objectives) can be viewed on the departmental web pages.  The prerequisite for this course is Mathematics 252.
The course grade will be determined as follows.
  •   20 %  quizzes (daily five minute quizzes)
  •   60 %  tests (four fifty minute tests)
  •   20 %  final (the final is comprehensive) 
Letter grades will be assigned as follows: 
90-100% A, 80-89% B, 70-79% C, 60-69% D, 0-59% F.

No WF's will be given.  Students dropping after the WD period will receive a WP.  The grade of I is given very rarely and only in cases of emergency (and never just to temporarily improve your GPA).


We will start most days with a brief "quiz" (usually less than five minutes).  This will usually be one problem directly from the previous night's homework.  You will be allowed to use your notes, but not your book.  If you have attended class and done all the homework, the quiz points should be automatic! 

These quizzes will be graded on a four-point scale: one point for your name, four points for the correct answer, and two or three for a partially correct answer.  If you miss the day, you will get a zero.  If you are late or leave before class is over, you will get a one.  If you cheat or answer a cell-phone, you may get a negative score.

The three lowest non-negative scores will be dropped.  All of your remaining quiz points will be added, then converted into a percentage score.  Exceptions will be made for appropriate excuses, but you must let me know within two weeks and provide documentation.

Tests & Final:
The homework, quizzes and classroom examples indicate the type of problems that will be on the tests.  No make-up tests.  If you miss a test, you will be given the average of the following tests and final.  The final will be comprehensive.  Review for the final by studying the hour tests and the homework.  You may not leave the room during any test. 

You may not leave the room during any test.  Academic dishonesty will not be tolerated and will result in at least an F for the quiz or test.

Homework will be checked via the quiz policy.  So if you do not do the homework, you will not do well on the quizzes or the tests, and you will not pass the class.
Attendance is mandatory and will be enforced through the quiz policy.
This course requires a graphing calculator (I strongly recommend the TI 83+).  Students may not share calculators during tests. Calculators with Algebraic Operating Systems are not allows (e.g., TI 92)
If you have any questions: 
  • Ask in class
  • Study with a friend.
  • Drop by my office (office hours are posted on my door).
  • Ask in the MATH LAB: MTWTh 9-4 in B11A, 4-9 in 408H
  • Find a private tutor (list in Math department office 424H)