Ordinary Differential Equations - Math 325 - Fall 2004

Practice Midterm Exam


Irina Mitrea, 225 Kerchof Hall, im3p@virginia.edu, Phone: 928-2787.

Teaching Assistant:

Sujin Suwanna, 402 Kerchof Hall, ss2vm@Virginia.EDU, Phone: 924-3796.

General description:

Introduces the methods, theory, and applications of differential equations. Includes first-order, second and higher-order linear equations, series solutions, linear systems of first-order differential equations, and the associated matrix theory. May include numerical methods, non-linear systems, boundary value problems, and additional applications.

Prerequisite: MATH 132 or its equivalent.


William E. Boyce and Richard C. DiPrima, Elementary Differential Equations and Boundary Value Problems, eighth edition.

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Prelim 1: Thursday, September 23rd, 14:00-15:15 p.m.
Prelim 2: Tuesday, October 26th, 14:00-15:15 p.m.
Prelim 3: Thursday, November 18th, 14:00-15:15 p.m. Solutions Practice Prelim III
Final Exam: Monday, December 13, 9:00 - 12:00 a.m.

Notes, textbooks and calculators are not allowed during prelims and the final examination.


TR 14:00- 15:15 p.m., CHM 303


Wednesdays 17:00 - 17:50 p.m., CLK G004

Office Hours:

Irina Mitrea, 225 Kerchof Hall, WR 1:00 - 1:50 p.m. (or by appointment).
Sujin Suwanna, Monday 1:30 - 3:00 p.m., TR 11:00 - 12:00 a.m.


Prelims count 15% each, the final 35%, and the remaining 20% is apportioned among homework, quizzes and class participation.

Tentative Course Outline     and      Homework assignments


There will be a short quiz every Thursday, unless otherwise announced. It will be returned to you on Tuesday.


To be handed in at the Tuesday lecture meeting. Do all problems assigned. Part will be graded and returned to you the next week. Please be sure that your work is legible.

No late homework will be accepted. You may work cooperatively on assignments provided

You write up the solution yourself.
You put a note on your homework indicating the names of anyone you worked with.

Incomplete :

An incomplete will be given only in those rare circumstances where a student has completed all but a small portion of the course with a grade C or better and a severe, unexpected event prevents him/her from completing the course. In particular, if you get behind in the course you cannot ``bail out" by taking an incomplete.

Attendance and absences :

You are responsible for the material covered in class, whether you attend or not. You are also responsible for the announcements made during class; these may include changes in the syllabus.

Academic honesty is fundamental to the activities and principles of a University. Any effort to gain an advantage not given to all students is dishonest whether or not the effort is successful. When in doubt about plagiarism or collaboration, consult the course instructor.

If you need accommodations because of a disability , if you have emergency medical information to share with me, or if you need special arrangements in case the building must be evacuated, please inform me immediately. Please see me after class, or at my office.

Words of advice: I encourage you to ask questions about the HW. Keep up with the latest materials covered; experience shows that, otherwise, you are likely to get poor grades on the exams. If you miss a class, make sure you get the notes from someone else who attended it. The professor will not assist any absentee to find out what happened in his/her absence. Hard work and regular attendance will get you through this course.