Math 2214 - Introduction to Differential Equations

Traian Iliescu

Department of Mathematics
428 McBryde Hall
Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, VA 24061

Class Meeting Time:
Monday, Wednesday, Friday 12:20pm - 1:10pm, McBryde 212

Office Hours:
Monday, Wednesday 4:00pm - 5:00pm,

Course Objectives:
Math 2214 is a unified course in ordinary differential equations. It covers first-order equations, second- and higher-order linear equations, systems of first-order linear equations, and numerical methods.

Elementary Differential Equations with Boundary Value Problems, 2nd Edition, by W. E. Kohler and L. W. Johnson.

The syllabus can be viewed at

Math 1114 and Math 1206.

Evaluation Criteria and Grading:
There will be two course exams and a final exam. The CTE will take place on December 15 at 7:00pm. The course exams will each count 25 % and the final exam will count 30 %. There will be quizzes and homework assignments, which will count 20 %. A score of 90% will guarantee an A-, 80% a B-, 70% a C-, and 60% a D-.

Missed Work:
If a student fails to take an exam or quiz, his/her score is zero unless the reasons for the failure are serious and beyond the student's control (``subc''). The instructor reserves the right to verify that the reasons are serious and beyond the student control. It is to the student's advantage to inform the instructor of such reasons before missing the work. When work is missed for ``subc'' reasons, the instructor, after consultation with the student, will decide how to handle the missed work.

Students work on in-class exams and the final exam alone. There will be NO books, notes, calculators, etc. allowed on the exam. The honor code applies to all graded work in this course. The Undergraduate Honor Code pledge that each member of the university community agrees to abide by states: “As a Hokie, I will conduct myself with honor and integrity at all times. I will not lie, cheat, or steal, nor will I accept the actions of those who do.” Students enrolled in this course are responsible for abiding by the Honor Code. A student who has doubts about how the Honor Code applies to any assignment is responsible for obtaining specific guidance from the course instructor before submitting the assignment for evaluation. Ignorance of the rules does not exclude any member of the University community from the requirements and expectations of the Honor Code. For additional information about the Honor Code, please visit:

Special Needs:
If you need adaptations or special accommodations because of a disability (learning disability, attention deficit disorder, psychological, physical, etc.), if you have emergency medical information to share with me, or if you need special arrangements in case the building must be evacuated, please make an appointment with me as soon as possible.

If you are not on the class roll that comes out after the last add date, immediately check your schedule at a terminal and start attending the proper section. For no foreseeable reason (computer and registrar personnel mistakes included) will you be allowed to stay in the wrong section or to drop a section for which you are actually enrolled after the last drop date. By simply attending a section you will not be placed on its roll.

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