
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 
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.

Canvas
Site 
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.

Course
Description 
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
indepth 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 ebook. 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 ebook 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.

Subsequent
Courses 
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.

Course
Coordinator 
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.

