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Here is an answer to a commonly asked question about the textbook.

HW is due at the BEGINNING OF CLASS each Wednesday. (You may also put it in my mailbox in Fenton hall if you don't come to class, but then you'll miss the quiz.)

I will be absent the week of 4/6. Class will be taught by a substitute. My office hours are cancelled that week.

Reading: Section 8.1 and Appendix D pages A32-33

Section 8.1: 8, 10, 12, 16, 18, 20, 22, 25, 29, 31, 34, 41, 50, 51, 52

Appendix D: 21 (use Wolfram alpha), 22, 24

Suggested practice (DO NOT TURN IN): Section 8.1, the remainders from 3-34.

Reading: Section 8.1 on recursive sequences, Section 8.2, Section 8.3 except comparison test.

Section 8.1: 48, 54, 56

Section 8.2: 12, 14, 16, 20, 23, 24, 30, 33, 34, 36, 42, 50

Section 8.3: 2, 12, 14, 18, 23

Suggested practice: many many problems in section 8.2.

Reading: Section 8.3, Section 8.4 except ratio test.

Section 8.3: 9, 15, 17, 19, 28, 30, 33, 35, 38

Section 8.4: 4, 5, 9, 13, 14, 19, 27, 31

Here is the first practice midterm. Solutions are here.

Reading: Section 8.4 ratio test, Section 8.5.

Section 8.4: 15, 21, 22, 23, 29, 30, 33, 35, 36, 37

Section 8.5: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

Reading: Section 8.6.

Section 8.5: 10, 11, 14, 17, 23, 26, 33, 34

Section 8.6: 4, 6, 8, 9, 14, 17, 27, 28

Suggested: Make sure that you fully understand 8.5: 25 and 8.6: 1,2. They are easy conceptual questions, so long as you understand what is going on.

Reading: Section 8.7.

Section 8.7: 2, 4, 6, 8, 9, 11, 14, 15, 17, 22, 24, 26, 28, 30, 43, 46

Suggested: Pretty much every problem from 1 to 50 is good (except 19, 20).

Reading: Section 8.8.

Section 8.7: 19, 20 (these have to do with error estimation!), 39, 42, 49, 50

Section 8.8: 3, 4, 6, 11, 12, 13, 14, 21, 22, 24, 25, 26

Here is the second practice midterm. Solutions are here. (There was a sign error on a previous version of the solutions, in problem 5c. It is fixed now.)

** Change of Schedule!! ** Homework 8 will be due Thursday 5/28 instead of the usual Wednesday. It will be posted by the end of the week. To hand in the homework on Thursday, place it in my mailbox, across from my office at Fenton 210, by 5PM. The Quiz will be on Friday 5/29 instead of the usual Wednesday.

Here is a scan of some chapters from the MAT256 textbook, on power series methods towards solving differential equations. This textbook is also in the library.

Here is a link to a free online ODE textbook and its chapter on power series methods. It may also be helpful to read their introduction to ODEs.

For both of these, really focus on following the examples. Some of the stuff in the text won't make sense without the background, but the examples are something I want you to be able to imitate.

Reading: Chapter 5.2 from here or Chapter 7.2 from here. Also, practice recognizing common Taylor series being evaluated.

Section 8.7: 59, 60, 61, 64, 65

Chapter 5.2 from scan: 15(a), 16(a), 17(a), 18(a), 1(abd), 2(abd).

Chapter 5.2 from scan: 3(abd), 5(abd), 6(abd), 11(abd), 14(abd).

Crap! I didn't notice that the problems were worded the way they were. Here is some clarification. The number *x _{0}* that they give you is the center! In part (b) they ask about two solutions

Also, if you want to redo some of the problems from Chapter 5.2 from HW 8 that you got wrong, you will get credit.

Schedule for the last week and final week:

Tuesday: go over Midterm 2.

Wednesday: Additional review. Final list of topics is here.

Friday: Quiz! Additional review. Practice final is here.

Monday: Practice final solutions are posted here. I will hold office hours. Extra hours by appointment.

Tuesday: Office hours. Extra hours by appointment.

Wednesday: Extra office hours by appointment.

I just noticed a bad error in the (previous) solutions to the practice final. In problem 1(f), the value 7 is definitely not within the interval of convergence of the power series for ln(1+x). The series diverges (by a ratio test).

Another error was also noticed by a student. In 3(bc) I misread my own problem, and forgot about the extra 15. So a1 = 15 + 8a0 is correct. Consequently, the formula for a2 is wrong as well. So is the formula for the first three terms at the end. Sorry!

Both errors are now corrected on the solutions pdf.

Extra credit: confirm this.

Ben Elias

Department of Mathematics

Fenton Hall, Room 210

University of Oregon

Eugene, OR 97403

Phone: (541) 346-5629

Fax: (541) 346-0987

e-mail: bezzzzlizzzzas@uorezzzzgon.edu