Math 2930: Differential Equations for Engineers
Spring 2018

Lecture times & Locations:
                MWF 11:15-12:05 in OLH 155
                MWF 12:20-1:10 in OLH 155


Course Information

Instructor: Jason Manning
Office: 573 Malott
email: jfmanning at math dot cornell dot edu
Office hours: F9-10 in 102 Thurston, T4-5 in 573 Malott.

Boyce, DiPrima, and Meade, Elementary Differential Equations and Boundary Value Problems, 11th Edition

We will be covering most of
Chapters 1-4 and Chapter 10 (and a little of chapter 5). There is an enhanced version of the text available through Blackboard. Look for "Instant Access".

Prelims and Final

There will be two evening prelims and one final exam. As the dates near, more information, including the location of the prelims, can be found here.

Prelim 1 — Thursday, February 22nd
Prelim 2 — Thursday, April 19th
Final Exam — Tuesday, May 15th, 2pm-4:30pm

It is the student's responsibility to resolve any prelim or exam conflicts well in advance of the test. In such cases an earlier exam is given on the same day at the department pre-arranged conflict time, 5:00 PM. Conflicts that aren't resolved by this rescheduled time will be considered on a case by case basis. Talk to your TA about conflicting exams. Fill out the conflict form on Blackboard.

There will be no make-up prelims given after the original scheduled time.

If you are very ill or have a serious emergency on a the day of a prelim or the final exam, you should contact the head TA, Fred De Keersmaeker (fd242), as soon as possible. (You risk getting an 'F' on a prelim (or the exam) if you miss the prelim for any reason and then try to explain later.)


Your final grade will be based on the midterms, final, and recitation as follows:

Prelim 1 22.5%
Prelim 2 27.5%
Recitation 15%
Final 35%

Your recitation grade will be based on your homework and quizzes.


We will use Gradescope this semester to grade homeworks and quizzes. You will receive an invitation at the start of the semester to make an account. Homework is always due at 5pm. Late homework will not be accepted. You can hand in your assignment on Gradescope anytime. There is really no reason why you should wait till right before the deadline.

Your recitation TA will upload your quizzes to Gradescope and grade them there. When you log into your account, you will be able to see your graded quizzes. Uploading homework to Gradescope will be your responsibility. Please read the following pdf or consult the Gradescope help website for information on how to do that. The document you upload should be a high quality scan. Either use a scanner or take a picture with one of your devices using one of the recommended apps to enhance its quality.

Important: notify the head TA, Fred De Keersmaeker (fd242), immediately when you change recitation sections. Your recitation TA will not be able to upload quizzes to your account or grade your homework if you are still registered in the wrong section on Gradescope.

Gradescope Homework Submission Checklist:

Take a look at the Homework Submission Video.

Email Policy

The number of students in this course means that emailing the instructor is not the best mode of communication for most matters. For most issues (including questions about grading, test conflicts and accomodations, missing class) you should first talk to your TA. If this fails, try next to resolve your issue with the Head TA (Fred De Keersmaeker, fd242). Math questions are almost always better to ask in person. If the instructor is the only one who can help you please send a short clear email explaining the issue, or just talk to the instructor in person in office hours.

Disability Services

Students with Disabilities: Your access in this course is important. Please give your TA your Student Disability Services (SDS) accommodation letter early in the semester so that we have adequate time to arrange your approved academic accommodations. If you need an immediate accommodation for equal access, please speak with me after class or send an email message to me and/or SDS at If the need arises for additional accommodations during the semester, please contact SDS. Fill out the accommodation form on Blackboard.

SDS is located on level 5 of Cornell Health, 110 Ho Plaza, 607-254-4545,

Academic Integrity

Each student in this course is expected to abide by the Cornell University Code of Academic Integrity. Any work submitted by a student in this course for academic credit will be the student's own work. More information about this code is at