Basic information about 427K-H Spring 2010
Professor: Karen Uhlenbeck
RLM 9.160 email@example.com
Secretary : Lizbeth Lynch RLM 9.158
512-471-6237 (use for messages for Dr. Uhlenbeck)
Office hours: Regularly M: 3-4 W 2:15-3:15 Th
11:30-12:30 and by appointment or drop-in. Feel free to make an
appointment in class, or by e-mail.
Teaching Assistant: Su Chen firstname.lastname@example.org 512-475-9133
The web site for this course is
Text: "Differential Equations with Boundary Value Problems" by
Polking, Boggess and Arnold. The solutions and matlab manuals are
Homework will be assisgned weekly and handed in during the TA session
on Wednesday. Late homework will not be graded. The
homework assignment will hopefully be posted at least a week in
advance. It will not be problems from the book.
About every other week there will be a computer assignment instead of a
set of problems to be worked by hand. If you are not already computer
savy, there will be instructions on the web page on how to work the
problems in matlab, although you can use any software you like to work
Course Material: We will cover Chapters 1-4.4,7-9.5 and parts of
Exams: There will be three hour exams and one two hour final. The
tentative dates for the exams are:
Thursday Feb 11
Wednesday March 31
Tuesday May 4
Project: There will be an optional project. This is a short paper
reporting on some subject not included in the course. It is
optionally done by a group of two or three students. Project
guidelines and references will be given. There are projects listed in
the text some of which will be on the lists of possible projects.
Also, another possible project would be the Laplace transform,
which will not be covered in the lectures. The project possibilities
will be more rigid than they have been in the past. The schedule for
completion of the project will be (at each stage, hand in one
copy of the required information):
March 2: Hand in project title, references and list of group members
April 4: Hand in outline and at least one a paragraph
introduction and a synopsis of the project
May 6: Hand in final project.
Extra Credit: Most weeks there will be an extra credit
problem. Most of the extra credit problems require more
mathematical sophistication than the regular problems. They will be
handed in separately to Professor Uhlenbeck on Thursdays (they are
graded by the professor, not the grader for the course). There will
also be an extra credit problem on each exam.
Grading: The homework, each hour exam, and the project each will
be worth 100. The final is worth 2 at 200. This gives
a total of 700 for 7 units. . You will be graded on the best 5,
out of 500. Extra credit can be added on top. So it is
poossible to get more than 500 points.
450-500 (+) A
Grades are high in the section, but the competition is fierce (this is
why the course is not graded on a curve). Students in this
section are very good, and they work hard. Be prepared.
Note: If there are students with special needs in the class, we
will make every effort to accomodate these students. Please see
Professor Uhlenbeck before the first exam. Also note that if you know
you have to be away, it might be a good idea to check with Professor
Uhlenbeck about your absence well ahead of time, especially if it
involves a deadline or an exam. We understand completely that illness
cannot be planned ahead of time. And, don't come to class or even an
exam if you have the flu.