MA 304:

Differential Equations

Lectures: Knott Hall 005
Lecture 1: T/H 1:40-2:55
Lecture 2: T/H 4:30-5:45
Instructor: Mili Shah (
Knott Hall 316D, x2724
Office Hours: Th 3-4 or by appointment
Participation: Please contribute to the classroom environment by asking questions and participating in discussions. Your interaction will be considered when assigning borderline grades, as will improving performance throughout the course of the semester.
Grading: 20% Problem Sets, 50% Exams, 30% Final
Problem Sets: There will be problem sets roughly every week due Thursday at 7pm. Most of the problems will be posted on WeBWorK. These sets will collectively be worth 20% of your total grade. Remember your initial login is your Loyola username and your password is your Loyola ID number.
Exams:Two exams and one final will be given during the semester. You may not use outside resources: calculators, other students, other books, etc. Each exam will constitute 25% of your total grade (50% total) and the final will constitute 30% of your total grade.
Exam 1: Thursday, Feb 22
Exam 2: Thursday, April 5
Final Exam: Tuesday, May 8
Note: I reserve the right to adapt exam dates.
Late policy:No work will be accepted late without prior arrangement or a written excuse. Neither exam or final may be made up without prior arrangement or a written excuse.
Text: Virginia W. Noonburg Ordinary Differential Equations from Calculus to Dynamical Systems
Software: dfield and pplane
Learning Aims: Course Learning Aims (PDF)
Mathematics and Statistics Learning Aims (PDF)
University Learning Aims (PDF)
Cell Phones: Cell phones are not permitted in class unless in off or silent mode. If a cell phone is seen or heard during class, your next homework will be deducted 2 points.
Disabilities: I will happily accommodate any needs you have based upon a disability that is registered with the office of Disability Support Services (DSS). You need to contact me ahead of time for this accommodation. You can contact DSS at 410-617-2062, or
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