Course Policies and Information
642:528–Spring 2017
 Instructor: Professor Eugene Speer
 Hill Center 520
 8484457974
 speer at math.rutgers.edu
 Office hours:
 Monday 1:40–3:00 PM, Hill Center 520
 Tuesday 10:20–11:40 PM, Hill Center 520
 Thursday 9:00–10:00 AM, Hill Center 520
 Or by appointment or chance in Hill Center 520
 General: This is the second semester of a graduate sequence
oriented primarily toward students in mechanical and aerospace engineering.
Approximately the first five weeks of the course will be devoted to the
theory of complex variables, with the remaining time divided, roughly
equally, between the calculus of variations and perturbation theory.
 Texts:
 Complex variables: Greenberg, Michael, D.,
Advanced Engineering Mathematics (second edition). Upper Saddle
River: Prentice Hall, 1998.
 Calculus of variations:Various books will be placed on reserve in
the Math library.
 Perturbation theory: Bender, Carl M and
Orszag, Steven A, Advanced Mathematical Methods for Scientists and
Engineers. New York, Springer, 1999.
 Homework: Homework problems will be assigned weekly through
postings on the web page. Assignments will normally be due on Tuesdays;
the first assignment will be due Tuesday, January 24.
 Academic integrity: You are strongly encouraged to discuss homework
problems with me or with other students. On the other hand, after you have
finished discussing a problem, you must write your solution
independently, not in concert with others. If you consult any source (such
as a web page, solutions from a previous semester, etc.) in the preparation
of homework, you must acknowledge this by citing that source;
moreover, the work you turn in must be written up in your own words,
not copied from a source. Failure to observe these restrictions will be
treated as a violation of the Rutgers Academic Integrity Policy.
 Exams: There will be two inclass exams, tentatively scheduled for
Tuesday, February 28 and Tuesday, April 4. The final exam is
(again tentatively) scheduled for Friday, May 5, 12:003:00 PM.
Makeup exams will be given only in the case of welldocumented illness or
major emergency or (only with permission in advance) of a major outside
commitment.
 Grading: Grading will be based on a
weighted average of homework and exams:
Homework 

20% 
Class exams 
20% each 
40% 
Final exam 

40% 
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Last updated 1/16/2017.