Mathematics 2Z03: Engineering Mathematics III
(Fall, 2019)

Course Information

Topics: The course provides an overview of first-order and second-order ordinary differential equations, the Laplace transform, and elementary partial differential equations.

Instructors and hours:
Section 1:
Dmitry Pelinovsky, HH-422, ext. 23424, e-mail:
Lectures: Monday, Thursday (12:30-13:20); Tuesday (13:30-14:20); TSH-120
Office hours: Tuesday, Thursday (16:30-17:20); HH-422
Section 2:
Erin Caulfield, HH-409, ext. 27031, e-mail:
Lectures: Tuesday, Thursday, Friday (11:30-12:20); CNH-104
Office hours: Monday, Thursday (14:30-15:20); HH-409

Teaching Assistants:
Szymon Sobieszek, HH-403, ext. 24411, e-mail:
Tutorial 1: Wednesday (9:30-10:20); TSH-B128
Tutorial 2: Friday (10:30-11:20); MDCL-1305

Computer Labs and Marking:
Afroja Parvin, e-mail:
Avesta Ahmadi, e-mail:
Chenxi Yu, e-mail:
Aigerim Madiyeva, e-mail:
Alec Mitchell, e-mail:
Ashleigh Robson-Petch, e-mail:
Mohammad Hashemi, e-mail:

"Advanced Engineering Mathematics", 6th edition by D.G. Zill (Jones and Bartlett Learning, 2018), ISBN 978-1-284-10590-2

Reference text for MATLAB:
"Numerical Mathematics" by M. Grasselli and D. Pelinovsky (Jones and Bartlett, 2008), ISBN 978-0-763-73767-2

Tutorials: Students are expected to attend one tutorial session each week. Tutorials will be used to address questions of the textbook and problems that the students have with these questions. The list of questons will be posted on the course webpage. Answers to selected problems are in the back of the textbook. Separately, there are drop-in labs in the days prior to each lab assignment that is due. Tutors will be present in the lab to answer questions on programming in MATLAB.

Assignments: Six optional home assignments will be available online using the internal assignment system with specific due dates. Peformance of students at these assignments will not be counted towards the final mark.

Labs: Five required computer lab assignments will be available online using the internal assignment system with specific due dates. Computer labs involve the use of MATLAB to answer problems related to the course materials. No late assignments will be accepted. Four out of five best marks will be counted in the marking scheme.

Mid-Term Tests: There will be two mid-term tests tentatively scheduled on Thursdays October 10 and November 14 in the evening times. More information, including the topics covered, will be announced on the course webpage. Only the McMaster standard calculator Casio fx-991 (MS or MS Plus) is allowed on the tests. You must bring your student ID to the test room. In case of a missed test, its percentage will be transferred and added to that of the final exam. No MSAF forms are required to be completed by students who miss the test(s).

Final Exam: The course is completed by a 2.5-hour final examination. Only the McMaster standard calculator Casio fx-991 (MS or MS Plus) is allowed on the final exam. The final exam will be scheduled and administered by the registrar's office.

Marking scheme and Alternative marking scheme (the best result is used for each student):
Final exam 50% 90%
Mid-term tests (2) 40% 0%
Labs (4) 10% 10%

Important message: The instructors and University reserve the right to modify elements of the course during the term. The University may change the dates and deadlines for any or all courses in extreme circumstances. If either type of modification becomes necessary, reasonable notice and communication with the students will be given with explanation and the opportunity to comment on the changes. It is the responsibility of all students to check their McMaster email accounts and course webpages weekly during the term and to note any changes.

Academic Dishonesty: Your attention is drawn to the documents "Senate Statement on Academic Ethics" and "Senate Resolutions on Academic Dishonesty" which you have received during registration and which can be obtained from the Senate Office. Infringements on the rules and principles in these documents will be dealt with in the manner stated therein.

Academic dishonesty is to knowingly act or fail to act in a way that results or could result in unearned academic credit or advantage. This behaviour can result in serious consequences, e.g., the grade of zero on an assignment, loss of credit with a notation on the transcript (notation reads: "Grade of F assigned for academic dishonesty"), and/or suspension or expulsion from the university.

It is your responsibility to understand what constitutes academic dishonesty. For official information on what constitutes academic dishonesty please refer to the written copy of the document Academic Integrity Policy. The following illustrates only three forms of academic dishonesty:
(i) Plagiarism, e.g., the submission of work that is not one's own or for which other credit has been obtained.
(ii) Improper collaboration in group work.
(iii) Copying or using unauthorized aids in tests and examinations.

Additional information: Discussions about computer lab assignments are allowed and are generally beneficial. However, you must write up the solutions of the assignment problems by yourself and in your own words. Copying with minor changes (e.g. with symbols changed, or with slightly different wording) from solutions prepared by another person, publication, or website, in whatever format, will be dealt with as an act of plagiarism.