Lecture 1 Notes

Lecture 1 Notes - Welcome to MATH 256 Differential...

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Welcome to MATH 256 Differential equations (for Chemical and Biological Engineering students) Instructor: Prof. Eric Cytrynbaum
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Course goals Primary: Learn to solve ordinary and partial differential equations (mostly linear first and second order DEs). Secondary: Learn to use DEs to model physical, chemical, biological systems (really just an intro to this skill).
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Prerequisites • First year calculus (MATH 100/101). • Linear algebra (MATH 152). • Multivariable calculus (MATH 200 or 253). • Talk to me if you aren’t sure that you’re prepared for this course.
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Tools we’ll be using this term • WeBWorK for homework assignments. • Piazza for online discussion. • Clickers for in-class responses. • Cell phones and facebook for getting distracted during lectures and while studying.
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Tools we’ll be using this term • WeBWorK for homework assignments. • Piazza for online discussion. • Clickers for in-class responses. • Cell phones and facebook for getting distracted during lectures and while studying. . .
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WeBWorK • Online homework system. • https://webwork.elearning.ubc.ca/webwork2/MATH256-201_2013W2 • Log in using your CWL.
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Why WeBWorK? • Automated marking (instant feedback). • Free for students (unlike hw systems provided by textbook companies). • Stable, open source, widely used at UBC and many other universities.
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Why WeBWorK? • Automated marking (instant feedback). • Free for students (unlike hw systems provided by textbook companies). • Stable, open source, widely used at UBC and many other universities. • Have you used WeBWorK previously? (A) Yes. (B) No.
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Piazza • Online discussion forum. • Sign up at https://piazza.com
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Why Piazza? • Get faster responses to your questions. • See what your classmates are asking about. • Connect with others in the class who are looking for study partners.
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Why Piazza? • Get faster responses to your questions. • See what your classmates are asking about. • Connect with others in the class who are looking for study partners. • Have you used Piazza previously? (A) Yes. (B) No.
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Clickers • Personal response system. • Register your clicker at https://connect.ubc.ca
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Why clickers? • Active learning - you should be thinking during class. • My goal is to make clicker Qs that many of you get wrong - they help us to target what you don’t understand yet. • Points are for (thinking and then) clicking, not for getting answers correct. • I don’t look at the results on an individual basis so they are effectively anonymous.
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Why clickers? • Active learning - you should be thinking during class. • My goal is to make clicker Qs that many of you get wrong - they help us to target what you don’t understand yet. • Points are for (thinking and then) clicking, not for getting answers correct.
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