Rose-Hulman - Department of Mathematics - Course Syllabus
MA212 - Matrix Algebra and Systems of Differential Equations - 2010-11

Description & Prerequisites Course Goals Texts and Other Materials
Course Topics Course Policies Links
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Catalogue Description and Prerequisites

MA 212 (starting Fall 2010) Matrix Algebra and Systems of Differential Equations 4R-0L-4C F,W,S Pre: MA 113
Basic matrix algebra with emphasis on understanding systems of linear equations from algebraic and geometric viewpoints, and eigenvalues and eigenvectors. Solution of systems of first order linear differential equations by eigensystems and investigation of their solution structure determined by eigensystems. Phase portrait analysis and classification of the nature of the stability of critical points for linear and nonlinear systems. Fourier series. Introduction to complex arithmetic, as needed. Applications to problems in science and engineering.

Prerequisite: All of the topics in MA112, as well some topics in MA113, will be assumed. In addition, familiarity with some Maple commands from Calculus is assumed. The Maple files  MapleIntRGL.mws (introduction) and calcrev.mws (review for DE) may be helpful. These files are available on Angel in the (Rose-Only) Mathematics Course Information Repository.

Course Goals

  1. Develop a deeper understanding of systems of equations and their solutions, especially linear algebraic and differential equations.
  2. Provide an introduction to Fourier series.
  3. Develop a deeper understanding and appreciation of transformation and approximation methods by studying Fourier methods.
  4. Improve mathematical modeling and analytical problem solving skills.
  5. Develop ability to communicate mathematically.
  6. Improve skill using the computer as a tool for mathematical analysis and problem solving.
  7. Introduce applications of mathematics, especially to science and engineering.

Textbook and other required materials

Textbook: Text: Advanced Engineering Mathematics, 4th edition by Zill and Wright
Computer Usage:  Maple14 must be available on your laptop.

Course Topics

The topics below follow the approximate book order.

  1. Matrix algebra
  2. First order linear differential equations
  3. Systems of first order differential equations
  4. Orthogonal Functions and Fourier Series

Course Requirements and Policies

The following policies and requirements will apply to all sections and classes:

Computer Policy

A summary of the computer policy page: Students will be expected to demonstrate a minimal level of competency with a relevant computer algebra system. The computer algebra system will be an integral part of the course and will be used regularly in class work, in homework assignments and during quizzes/exams. Students will also be expected to demonstrate the ability to perform certain elementary computations by hand. (See Performance Standards below.)

Performance Standards

Paper and pencil
  1. Demonstrate skill with matrix arithmetic including
  2. Demonstrate skill using complex numbers
  3. Solve linear differential equations including
  4. Linearize systems of non-linear equations, determining and classifying critical points
  5. Sketch  phase portraits of simple systems 
  6. Compute Fourier coefficients of simple functions
  1. matrix algebra
  2. solve and plot differential equations

Final Exam Policy

The following is an extract from the final exam policy page. Consult the policy page for complete details. The final exam will consist of two parts. The first part will be "by hands" (paper, pencil). No computing devices (calculators/computers) will be allowed during the first part of the final exam. This part of the exam will cover both computational fundamentals as well as some conceptual interpretation, though the level of difficulty and depth of conceptual interpretation must take into account that this part of the exam will be shorter than the second part of the exam.  The laptop, starting with a blank Maple work sheet, and a calculator, may be used during the second part of the exam. No "cheat sheets", prepared Maple worksheets or prepared program on the calculator may be used. The second part of the exams will cover all skills: concepts, calculation, modeling, problem solving, and interpretation.

Individual Instructor Policies

Your instructor will determine the following for your class: *Note that most instructors will enforce some type of grade penalty for students with more than four unexcused absences.

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