Instructor: Joe Erickson
Office: Founders Hall 128
Textbook: Fundamentals of Differential Equations, 8th Ed., by Nagle, Saff & Snider
Website: At http://faculty.bucks.edu/erickson/math250/diff_eq.html
Orientation: Very simply put, the course is what you make of it. Your grade will be based on the outcome of five exams, each taken at an approved testing center, each weighted at 20%. The material that each exam covers in the textbook will be given in the syllabus at my website sometime in January. There will be a roughly one-week window of opportunity to take each exam, and your score will be sent to you by way of your official BCCC e-mail account (or in person) only!
To prepare for each exam there are homework assignments from the textbook. See the assignment sheet at my website for the assignment in each section of the book that the course covers. Minimally, you only need two things for the course: a scientific calculator like the TI-83, and the textbook. If you buy the book at the college bookstore it may include access to MyLab & Mastering (not absolutely sure about this yet). If you like ML&M by all means use it; but I do not require it. (Somehow people have been learning about differential equations quite nicely for centuries without benefit of ML&M, so I think it would be poor form to mandate its usage.) I do not collect and grade homework assignments, which gives you maximum flexibility to govern your affairs as you see fit as a responsible adult. However, the exams are based directly on the homework, so it is in your interests to do all assignments conscientiously to have a reasonable prospect of success in the course.
If you plan to use ML&M, the "Course Name" and the "Course ID" will be provided sometime in January on the course website mentioned above. The one nice thing about ML&M is that it does have a solutions manual to all the odd-numbered problems in it. That's all for now. Keep checking the website above for further developments -- including the orientation.