

Associate
Professor
Office: 204 Lockett Hall
Phone: (225) 5782657
Email: pcnguyen@math.lsu.edu
Webpage:
www.math.lsu.edu/~pcnguyen


Mathematics Methods in Engineering
MATH 4038  Fall 2017
(CrossListed with ME 4563)
Last updated: September 22, 2017.
Required supplies: You must purchase 5 examination
blue books of the type that are normally sold at LSU
bookstore to write your exam solutions in. Here 5 is
an estimated number.
Class Key for
selfenrollment in WebAssign: lsu
6134 2945. Each student needs to
selfregister with WebAssign
via the site www.webassign.net using the Class Key
above.
TA's information : Keng Ooi. Office hours: Thursdays 25pm at 109 Lockett Hall. Email: kooi1@lsu.edu
Course webpage : www.math.lsu.edu/~pcnguyen.
Please check the course webpage regularly for updated
information.
Textbook: Advanced Engineering Mathematics, 6^{th}
Edition (with WebAssign)
by Dennis G. Zill. We will
cover Chapters 5, 1215 of the text. The last section of
Chapter 15 will be dropped. Make sure to purchase the WebAssign as the
homework assignments will be given there. Use the Class
Key lsu 6134 2945 to selfenroll
from the site www.webassign.net.
Course Description: Power
series solutions to linear differential equations
and special functions such as Bessel and Legendre
functions. Fourier
analysis, SturmLiouville problems and orthogonal
function series.
Separation of variables for partial differential
equations with boundary and initial conditions.
Prerequisite : One of MATH 2065, 2070 or 2090; and
MATH 2057 or MATH 2058.
Lectures:
Time: MWF 1:302:20pm.
Place: 113 Lockett Hall.
Office Hours:
MWF 12:3001:30pm, or by appointments at 204
Lockett Hall.
Exams:
There will be three onehour inclass midterm exams and
one twohour comprehensive final exam. No makeup exams
will be given, except in extreme cases. If you must miss
an exam, it is your responsibility to notify the
professor as soon as possible. The tentative exam
dates are as follows:
Test 1: Monday, Sep. 25
Test 2: Monday, Oct. 23
Test 3: Monday, Nov. 20
Final Exam: Saturday, Dec. 9 from
3:005:00pm
Homework/Quizzes:
Homework will be assigned regularly via WebAssign. Quizzes
may also be given in class and they will be announced
in class at least one day in advance.
Grade: 550 pts in total: 

Webassign Homework/Quizzes 
100 pts (scaled to 100 pts) 

Tests 1, 2, and 3 
100 pts each 

Final Exam 
150 pts 
Grades will be assigned on a cumulative semester basis as
follows: 9093.9% =A, 9497.9% =A, 98100%
=A+, 8082.9% =B, 8386.9% =B, 8789.9%
=B+, 7072.9%=C, 7376.9%=C, 7779.9%=C+, 6062.9%=D,
6366.9%=D, 6769.9%=D+, and 59.9%
or less=F.
Important Dates:
Final date for dropping courses without receiving a
grade of "W": Tuesday, Aug. 29,
2017.
Final date for adding courses for credit and making
section changes: Wednesday, Aug.
30, 2017.
Final date for resigning from the University and/or
dropping courses: Friday, Nov.
3, 2017.
Labor Day holiday: Sep. 04; Fall holidays: Oct. 19Oct.
22;
Thanksgiving holiday: Nov. 22 (noon)Nov. 26.
Final examinations: Dec. 0409, and final grades
(degree candidate) due: Dec. 12, 9:00am
Students with disabilities:
If you have a disability that may have some impact on
your work in this class and for which you may require
accommodations, please see a staff member in the Office
of Disability Services (112 Johnston Hall) so that such
accommodations can be considered. Students that receive
accommodation letters, please meet with me to discuss
the provisions of those accommodations as soon as
possible.
Syllabus
It is your responsibility to stay informed on the progress
of the class and important dates. The following schedule
might change.
Lecture 
Date 
Section 
Remarks


1

M, Aug. 21

5.1.1, 5.1.2



2

W, Aug. 23

5.1.2 cont.



3

F, Aug. 25

5.2








4

M, Aug. 28

5.2 cont.



5

W, Aug. 30

5.3.1



6

F, Sep. 01

5.3.2














M, Sep. 04

Labor Day



7

W, Sep. 06

12.1



8

F, Sep. 08

12.2













9

M, Sep. 11

12.3



10

W, Sep. 13

12.4



11

F, Sep. 15

12.5













12

M, Sep. 18

12.5. cont.



13

W, Sep. 20

12.6.1



14

F, Sep. 22

Review








15

M, Sep. 25

Exam 1

5.1.112.4


16

W, Sep. 27

12.6.2



17

F, Sep. 29

13.1













18

M, Oct. 2

13.2



19

W, Oct. 4

13.2 cont.



20

F, Oct. 6

13.3













21

M, Oct. 09

13.4



22

W, Oct. 11

13.5



23

F, Oct. 13

13.6













24

M, Oct. 16

13.7



25

W, Oct. 18

Review




F, Oct. 20

Fall holiday








26

M, Oct. 23

Exam 2

12.513.6


27

W, Oct. 25

13.8



28

F, Oct. 27

13.8 cont.













29

M, Oct. 30

14..1



30

W, Nov. 01

14.2



31

F, Nov. 3

14.2 cont.








32

M, Nov. 6

14.3



33

W, Nov. 08

15.1



34

F, Nov. 10

15.2








35

M, Nov. 13

15.3



36

W, Nov. 15

15.3
cont.



37

F, Nov. 17

Review








38

M, Nov. 20

Exam 3

13.715.3



W, Nov. 22

Thanksgiving




F, Nov. 24

Thanksgiving








39

M, Nov. 29

15.4



40

W, Dec. 1

15.4
cont.



41

F, Dec. 3

Review









Sat, Dec. 9

Final

3:005:00pm 

