ACMS 20550: Applied Mathematics Method I, Fall 2022

Textbook: "Mathematical Method in the Physical Sciences" by Mary L. Boas, Third Edition 2006, Wiley, ISBN 13-978-0-471-19826-0.

Reference book: Math 10560 textbook: "Calculus 7E", by Steward.

Software: Matlab is required. Notre Dame students may install this software on any computers they own. Please visit the website for more information.

Pre-requisite: AP Calculus BC a score of 5, or Math 10560 "Calculus II", or Math 10860 "Honor Calculus II". If you only have Math 10360 or lower, you are required to make up the missing prequisite materials. Here is a MATH 10560 final exam, you can see how much is needed. The answers will be posted by your tutorial instructors.

LectureSection 1 Bei Hu, MWF - 9:25 - 10:15A, Bond Hall 104
Section 2 Catie Acitelli, MWF - 10:30 - 11:20A, Hayes-Healy 231
Tutorial Section 1 Rentian James Hu, T - 12:00 - 12:50P, Geddes Hall B036
Section 2 Rentian James Hu, rhu@nd.eduT - 1:00 - 1:50P, Hayes-Healy 231
Section 3 Rentian James Hu, T - 2:00 - 2:50P, Hayes-Healy 231

Syllabus: Click here for the syllabus.

Office Hours and announcement from each instrcutor and TA: Click to see.

Bei Hu, Catie Acitelli, Rentian James Hu,
Office hours MW 3 - 4P, 174A Hurley MW 1 - 2P, 240 Hayes-HealyT 3 - 3:50P, 208 Crowley
W 12 - 12:50P, Zoom

The office hours of any instructors and TA are open to all students in both sections.

Exams: There will be 3 midterm exams as well as one final exam. Your final grade is based on the total points you receive as an indication of your performance

HomeworkDue Wednesdays online at Canvas100
Mid-term 1Thursday, Sept 15, 8 am - 9:15 am Both sections: E720 Corbett Family Hall 100
Mid-term 2Thursday, Oct 13, 8 am - 9:15 am Both sections: E720 Corbett Family Hall 100
Mid-term 3Thursday, Nov 17, 8 am - 9:15 am Both sections: 102 DeBartolo Hall 100
FinalTuesday, Dec 13, 1:45 pm to 3:45 pm Section 1 (Hu): 155 DeBartolo Hall
Section 2 (Acitelli): 129 DeBartolo Hall
Your course grade is based on a total of 550 points. All grades are kept at

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Policy on the course grade: After each exam, a cutoff will be announced as an indication on how well your performance is on the exam. The final exam is cumulative, and if you do very well in the final exam, the final exam score, rescaled by 100/150, will replace one of your lowest mid-term scores. The course grade will be based on a total score of 550.

Homework: Homework problems will be assigned here well in advance of the due date and will be collected online on Canvas. Most of the homework are due on Wednesdays, exceptions are noted in the homework webpage. The main purpose of the homework is to help you learn the material. Experience shows that students who take their homework seriously do very well in the course because they have a better understanding of the material. Each homework set is worth 10 points. The lowerst 3 scores of your homework will be droppped from calculation. Unexcused late homework carries a penalty of 0.5 points per day, so a homework which is late for 20 days or more will not be credited. Questions regarding homework grading should be addressed to your tutorial instructor.

Here are some Matlab instructions: Matlab Lesson #1, Matlab Lesson #2,  Matlab Lesson #3,  Matlab Lesson #4. 

Attendance policy: We do not track attendance, but you are required to attend all lectures and tutorials.

Missed exams: A student who misses an examination will receive zero points for that exam unless he or she has written permission from the Dean's Office/Office of Student Affairs/Sara Bea Accessibility Service/Health Services/Atheletic Department. We honor all official written requests from Notre Dame; emails sent from these offices are considered written permissions. If you have a valid excuse (illness, excused athletic absence etc) for missing an exam, please see your instructor ASAP (preferably before the exam) and a makeup exam will be scheduled.

Exam conflicts: The exam conflicts are governed by Academic Code. Students with 2 exams at the same time, or 3 or more exams in one day, or 4 or more exams in a 24 hour period, may negotiate to change the time of one of these exams. If you intend to request a change of time for your regular exam, please see your instructor as soon as possible. If you intend to request to have the time of your ACMS 20550 final changed, you must talk to your instructor by Nov 26.

Honor Code: Both examinations and homework are conducted under the honor code. While discussion in small groups in doing homework is permitted (and strongly encouraged) in this course, the work should be your own. Exams are closed book and are to be done completely by yourself with no help from others.