Mathematics 212

Differential Equations

Catalog Description

Ordinary differential equations, with applications. Methods of numerical approximation, power series, and Laplace transforms. Existence and uniqueness of solutions. Prerequisite: Mathematics 207.

Objectives of the course

Schedule for Fall 2005

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Differential Equations with Boundary Value Problems,
by Selwyn Hollis, Prentice Hall, ISBN 0-13-015927-1, 2002 (Required)

A Mathematica Companion for Differential Equations,
by Selwyn Hollis, Prentice Hall, ISBN 0-13-046329-9, 2003 (Required)

Online Resources

Course Notes and Related Materials


Chris Parrish
Office: Woods Laboratories 120

Location and Time

Tuesday, Thursday, 9:30 - 10:45 a.m.
Final Examination: Thursday, Dec 8, 9-11 a.m.
Woods Laboratories 134

Informal Lab Sessions

Wednesday, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Summit Center, Second Floor of DuPont Library

Final Exam

Math 212 (TTh, 9:30-10:45 am class) -- Thursday, Dec 8, 9-11 am
Woods Laboratories 134

Office Hours

Sewanee's tradition of cordial and constructive student-faculty relationships is one of its great strengths, and I am very happy to support that tradition. If you would like to talk with me, please make an appointment, either when you see me in class or in the hallways or in my office (WL120), or by email (, or by voice mail message (x1333).

Homework Day!

Homework is due on Thursdays!


Honor Code

The Honor Code applies to all examinations and written work produced in this course. Plagiarism is copying or imitating the language and thoughts of others, whatever the medium (written papers or computer programs). All work on the examinations must be done individually.


Attendance is required and is an important factor in doing well in the class. All assignments must be completed, and the student is responsible for making up any work missed due to absence. Late work will be accepted ONLY if appropriate arrangements have been made with the instructor PRIOR to the due date. The Dean's Office may be notified after two absences.