This is the website for MATH 234, Applied Engineering Mathematics I. The text is Advanced Engineering Mathematics (fifth edition), by Dennis G. Zill and Warren S. Wright. We will cover parts of Chapters 1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 8, and 10, as shown in the daily syllabus.
There will be 750 points of credit in the course. There are four 100-point exams and a 200-point cumulative final exam, as shown in the daily syllabus. There will also be 18 ten-point quizzes. I will count your highest 15 scores. This makes for a total of 750 points.
I will organize Problem of the Week. You will receive four points for each problem correctly worked.
There will be no make-ups on quizzes. If you miss a quiz that will be one of the three that I don't count for you. If you miss an exam due to (what I consider) a valid excuse you may take the make-up exam on Tuesday, 29 April. This make-up exam will be cumulative. If you will miss an exam for a scheduled event (such as an athletic event) you can take the exam early. Guard duty is not an acceptable excuse for missing an exam.
There will be no use of electronic devices (such as cell phones or iPods) during exams.
You have four options for taking the final exam, as shown in the daily syllabus. You do not need to tell me of your choice beforehand. Do not talk about the exam with anyone, even another student who has already taken the exam, until 1:00 Saturday afternoon.
Grading will be 90 to 100 percent is an A, 80 to 90 percent is a B, 70 to 80 percent is a C, 60 to 70 percent is a D, and anything below 60 percent is a D. I may make a slight adjustment at the end ("curve") but don't expect much of a break.
You must have a calculator which can compute eigenvalues and eigenvectors of matrices and algebraically solve some differential equations. The TI-89 certainly is good, as is the related TI-Nspire, and so is the HP-49. There are some exam problems which really will require a calculator, either because of the time involved, or the difficulty of obtaining the solution by hand.
If you check my course syllabi page you will notice links to other sections of MATH 234 which I have taught. These pages do have exams with answers, and you may use these as study guides. Please note that some of these other sections were based on different syllabi and a different book, so use them at your own risk.
The daily syllabus show some practice problems for most class days. You do not have to hand in these problems. You are to do them to see if you understand the course material. We will go over most of these problems in the next class period. You should do these problems before the next class period.
If you need help please come in and see me. My office hours are 2:00 to 3:00 on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday, and 1:00 to 2:00 on Wednesday and Friday. I spend a lot more time than that in my office. On most days I will spend all afternoon in my office. I will also spend one night per week in my office from 7:00 to 9:00. (That night will vary from week to week but will usually be a Monday, Tuesday, or Thursday.)
There will be no food or drink (except water) in the classroom.