Math 119A: Ordinary Differential Equation

Winter Quarter, 2008

Instructor  Dianwen Zhu  Jie (Vivian) Zhang (TA)  Kristin Lui (TA)
Office  MSB 3145  MSB 2129  MSB 3229
Office hours  M 2-4 and by appointment  Th 3-4pm & F 8:50-9:50am  W 3-5pm
Email  dzhu at  jvzhang at  kdlui at
Tel  754-9383

Textbook: Nonlinear Dynamics and Chaos by Steven H. Strogatz (Westview Press)


Prerequisites: Linear Algebra 22A & Differential Equations 22B, or equivalent courses.

Lecture time: MWF 1:10--2 PM & Place: HARING 1204

Important Dates: Holidays: Jan 21, Feb 18, Midterm: Feb 8, Final: Mar. 22, 08:00-10:00AM

Grading Policy: Homework will be assigned weekly and is due in class one week after it has been assigned (with some exceptions). The lowest homework score will be dropped. You are encouraged to discuss your homework assignments with other students in the class, however please make sure the final write-up is done on your own. Homework will consist of required problems (typically 5-8) and recommended problems (also 5-8). Solutions will be posted later.

There will be a midterm and a final exam and no make-up exams.

Final Grade: Midterm 30%, Homework 20%, Final 50%.

Homework Assignments: The homework is due in class on the due date. Problems are taken from Strogatz unless otherwise indicated. In case matlab is needed, you can create a Matlab account at:

Previous Final exam from the department:

You can create a Matlab account at:

Students with Disabilities: Any student with a documented disability (e.g. physical, learning, psychiatric, vision, hearing, etc.) who needs to arrange reasonable accommodations must contact the Student Disability Center (SDC).  Faculty are authorized to provide only the accommodations requested by the SDC. If you have any questions, please contact the SDC at  530/752-3184 or

Last updated Mar. 17, 2008