Math 307 – Syllabus

Course: Math 307 (

Title: Linear Algebra and Differential Equations

Credit Hours: 3

Prerequisite: 242 or 252A, or consent.

Catalog Description: Introduction to linear algebra, application of eigenvalue techniques to the solution of differential equations. Students may receive credit for only one of 307 or 311.

Textbook: Linear Algebra and Differential Equations, by Gary L. Peterson and James S. Sochacki (ISBN-13 9780201662122).

Subject Material: We will cover chapters 1, 2, 5, and 6 of the textbook.

Instructor: Evan Gawlik

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Format: This course will be in person with lectures on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00-10:15AM in Kuykendall 210.

Calculators: Calculators are not allowed on any exam.

Attendance: All students are expected to each lecture on Tuesday and Thursday.

Out-of-class work: For a 3-credit-hour course, you are expected to spend at least 6 hours each week outside of class on work related to this course.

Exams: We will have 2 midterms and one final exam.

  • Note the date and time of the exams:

    • Midterm 1: Thursday, September 29, 9:00-10:15AM

    • Midterm 2: Thursday, November 10, 9:00-10:15AM

    • Final: Thursday, December 15, 9:45AM-11:45AM

  • Taking the exams on these dates is compulsory; otherwise, a grade of zero will be recorded. Any student who has an excused, documented conflict with a test time must inform their instructor within the first two weeks of the semester when possible. Late requests will either be denied or will result in an automatic deduction from the exam score.

  • For those students with an excused absence for a midterm, there will be a make-up exam which must be taken within two working days of the scheduled exam time (before or after). If you are unable to take a midterm for a valid reason, the score you attain in the final will count towards the missed midterm. The final exam cannot be taken before the scheduled time for any reason.

  • Conflicts arising from work or social obligations, or from personal travel plans do not qualify as excused absences. By registering for this course, you are agreeing to take all exams at the scheduled times.

Homework: Homeworks will be due at the beginning of lecture on the dates specified on the homework page.

  • Late homework will not be accepted.

Grading: The overall grade will be assigned according to the following weights:

  • 20% Homework, 20% Midterm 1, 20% Midterm 2, 40% Final Exam

  • The following table gives a minimum grade for each score. For example, an overall score of 83% is guaranteed to earn at least a B grade.

A+ A A- B+ B B- C+ C C- D+ D D-
99 93 90 87 83 80 77 73 70 67 63 60

Sources of help: All students are encouraged to attend office hours to discuss homework questions or material from class.

Academic integrity: All students are expected to abide by the university's Conduct Code. Academic sanctions for dishonesty may include receiving an F in the assignment or receiving an F in the class. There may be additional administrative sanctions. Click here for more information.

Kokua: Any student who feels s/he may need an accommodation based on the impact of a disability is invited to contact me privately. I would be happy to work with you, and the KOKUA Program (Office for Students with Disabilities) to ensure reasonable accommodations in my course. KOKUA can be reached at (808) 956-7511 or (808) 956-7612 (voice/text) in room 013 of the Queen Lili'uokalani Center for Student Services. All course modifications must be arranged through KOKUA. You are encouraged to start this process as early as possible.