PLEASE NOTE: THIS SITE IS NOT CURRENT. This is the site for math 216 as taught in SPRING 2019. For the current course website, please see the regular term course website.

Math 216

Differential Equations Spring 2019
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Welcome to Spring 2019!
This is the website for math 216 for the spring 2019 term ONLY. For information about math 216 in the regular semesters, see the regular course website.

This course is many things; you may have heard that it is challenging, that it moves fast, or that it has changed a lot in recent years. These are all, from one perspective or another, correct. Most aspects of this course have been designed to help you learn. The way we learn is by working on what is hard for us, so we want you to be in that space—in educational theory, it's called the zone of proximal development.
Note: we do not expect you to struggle unproductively on your own. The point of taking a class is that we are all working toward the goal of you learning the material.

What are you learning? This is a first course in (applied) differential equations. We want you to get a solid, modern, understanding of the subject.

Integrity It is very easy to cheat yourself and your fellow students as you work through your University courses. Please see the note about academic integrity on the syllabus.
This website is the primary source of information about math 216. We also have a canvas site, which provides an alternate entry point to this information, and will be used to submit lab assignments and provide other resources.
Math 216 is a 4 credit course on differential equations with supplementary coverage of complex numbers and matrix algebra. It is intended for engineers and scientists who will be using differential equations in their work. Those looking for a more in-depth treatment should consider Math 256, 286, or 316 instead.

Students considering a Math major should consult with a Math advisor before taking 216!

Prerequisites Math 116, 156 or 186

Textbook Differential Equations: An Introduction to Modern Methods and Applications, by James Brannan and William Boyce, 2015 (3rd edition), Wiley. There should be a custom edition, ISBN 9781119426271, which is discounted and includes the e-book. If you can't find that, please ask the course coordinator. This may be available only at bookstores affiliated with UM. Other formats of the text are also acceptable (e.g., the e-book alone, etc.), but it is probably worth checking with a local bookstore to see if you're getting a better price than the edition available here.

Please note: we do not know how much this has changed from the 2nd edition. If you wish to work with the 2nd edition instead, you are responsible for ensuring that the material you are studying and problems you work are correct.

Math 404 (Intermediate Differential Equations) covers further material on differential equations. Math 217 (Linear Algebra) and Math 417 (Matrix Algebra I) cover further material on linear algebra. Math 371 (Numerical Methods, also listed as Engin. 303) and Math 471 (Intro. To Numerical Methods) cover additional material on numerical methods.

Gavin LaRose will coordinate Math 216 for the Fall 2018 and Winter 2019 semesters.

Thanks There are so many people to thank for contributing to the development of Math 216 that we need a separate page for it.

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