Course Information

Lectures: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday; 1:20 pm -- 2:25 pm, Kresge Clrm 321

Instructor:  Abhishek Halder (

Teaching Assistants (TAs): Bethany Johnson (, and George Labaria (

Office hours: 

George Labaria, Monday, 4 pm - 5 pm, Baskin Engineering 312C/D

Bethany Johnson, Tuesday, 2 pm -- 4 pm, Baskin Engineering 312C/D

Abhishek Halder, Wednesday, 3 pm -- 5 pm, Baskin Engineering 365B

Learning Support Services (LSS) Tutoring: 

Tutor: Maxwell Angel (

Information on MSI (Modified Supplemental Instruction)

MSI schedule



There are four mandatory computer lab/discussion sections led by the TAs. Students are required to attend one of these four weekly sections. Lab/discussion sections will be used to held quizzes (one every week), learn MATLAB programming for the course, review lectures, and solve practice problems.

Section 01A: Monday 5:30 pm -- 7:00 pm, Baskin Engineering 109, Bethany Johnson

Section 01B: Tuesday 5:30 pm -- 7:00 pm, Baskin Engineering 109, George Labaria

Section 01C: Wednesday 5:30 pm -- 7:00 pm, Baskin Engineering 109, Bethany Johnson

Section 01D: Thursday 5:30 pm -- 7:00 pm, Baskin Engineering 109, George Labaria

No lab in the first week.



William Boyce and Ricard DiPrima, Elementary Differential Equations. Wiley, 10th edition.

You can get the UCSC custom version to save the cost.


grading Policy  

Rubric: Quizzes: 15%,       Homeworks: 20%,       Mid-term exam: 30%,       Final exam: 35%

Quizzes: Held weekly in the lab section. No make-up quizzes if you miss. Graded quizzes will be returned to you in the lab section.

Homeworks: Hard copy submission due weekly in the classroom right before the class starts. Late homework is NEVER accepted. Graded homeworks will be returned to you in the lab section. Please clearly print your name, lab section number, and student ID on the first page of your homework.

Exams: Both Mid-term and Final exams will be held in-class. These exams are closed-book, closed-notes, closed-electronic devices. No calculator allowed. No cheat sheets.

Passing grade: C or above.

Academic honesty (zero-cheating policy): Any form of cheating or dishonest academic activities (using notes, books, smartphones, tablet PCs, or other electronic devices; copying from someone else, etc.) during quizzes or exams will not be tolerated and such students will receive a failing grade. Any students with such activities, if caught by the instructor, TAs or classmates, will be reported to the department and her/his college provost.


Tentative schedule

  • Week 1: Introduction and basic mathematical models involving ODEs, First order linear ODEs, and integrating factor method
  • Week 2: Nonlinear separable equations, existence, and uniqueness of solutions 
  • Week 3: Homogeneous second order linear ODEs. Existence and Uniqueness, Principle of Superposition, Wronskian, fundamental Solutions
  • Week 4: Homogeneous linear ODEs with constant coefficients, nonhomogeneous linear ODEs, method of variation of parameters
  • Week 5: Method of undetermined coefficients, mechanical examples of second-order linear ODEs, high order linear equations
  • Mid-term Exam in-class (1:20 PM - 2:25 PM) on Monday, May 07, 2018
  • Week 6: Higher order linear equations
  • Week 7: Laplace transforms and initial value problems, discontinuous forcing functions, and review. Review of linear algebra
  • Week 8: Systems of first order linear ODEs. Homogeneous cases with constant coefficients: distinct real eigenvalues and complex eigenvalues
  • Week 9: Homogeneous cases with constant coefficients repeated eigenvalues
  • Week 10: Nonhomogeneous systems of first order linear ODEs, engineering applications
  • Final Exam at Kresge Clrm 321 on Monday, June 11, 2018, time: 7:30 PM - 10:30 PM


Students With Disabilities

UC Santa Cruz is committed to creating an academic environment that supports its diverse student body. If you are a student with a disability who requires accommodations to achieve equal access in this course, please submit your Accommodation Authorization Letter from the Disability Resource Center (DRC) to me privately during my office hours or by appointment, preferably within the first two weeks of the quarter. At this time, I would also like us to discuss ways we can ensure your full participation in the course. I encourage all students who may benefit from learning more about DRC services to contact DRC by phone at 831-459-2089, or by email at