This is the website for Sections 1 and 4 of MATH 234, Applied Engineering Mathematics I. The text is Advanced Engineering Mathematics (sixth edition), by Dennis G. Zill. We will cover parts of Chapters 1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 8, and 10, as shown in the daily syllabus.
There will be 720 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 15 ten-point quizzes or written assignments. All your scores will count but these activities will only contribute 120 points to the total. It is theoretically possible you will score 125% in this category. That is unlikely, but you should do well. Note there are no makeups on in-class quizzes.
I will organize Problem of the Week. You will receive four points for each problem correctly worked.
There will be no make-ups on written assignments or quizzes. If you miss an exam due to (what I consider) a valid excuse you may take the make-up exam on Tuesday, 25 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. If your excuse involves an event not listed in Special Orders please give me the name of the person who is in charge of the event.
There will be no use of electronic devices (such as cell phones or iPods) during exams.
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 I began using a much different syllabus in the spring of 2017 so only spring 2017 and summer 2017 has syllabi that match up well with our syllabus. Before each of our 100-point exams this semester remind me to email an electronic version of the exam from a year ago, so you may work an exam without answers. (You can check answers later at the course site from a year ago.)
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 3:00 to 4:00 on Monday and Wednesday, 1:30 to 2:30 Tuesday and Thursday, and 10:30 to 11:30 on Friday. I spend a lot more time than that in my office. On most days I will spend all afternoon in my office.