MATH 263

Welcome to the homepage for McGill MATH 263 Ordinary Differential Equations for Engineers (Fall 2016) taught by Prof. Xinyang Lu and Prof. Jacques C. Hurtubise, at Jacob’s Math Help Desk!

Register for MATH 263 Sessions

  • Any one of the Final Mastery Sessions: $100$90.*
  • Any two of the Final Mastery Sessions:$170$120.*
  • Complete set of 3 final Mastery sessions: $190$149.*

*for registration before 6:30PM Sunday, November 27; See session descriptions below for complete details.

† for registration before 6:30PM Sunday, November 27, $100 afterwards (space permitting).
‡ for registration before 6:30PM Sunday, November 27, $190 afterwards.
N.B. An email with instructions for confirming your registration will be sent to the address provided above shortly after submission.

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About MATH 263 Final Mastery 1

Friday, 2 December, 5:15 PM (~4h), M3-37A (McLennan 3rd): This session will cover the foundations of the course as well as a few special cases that usually make an appearance on the final. Topics will include (G)ERF, Linear D.E., Bernoulli, Undetermined Coefficients, Variation of Parameters, Reduction of Order, Series Solutions, Cauchy-Euler Equations etc. Summaries of the theory will be provided in the notes; however, the session itself will focus primarily on solving exam-level problems, so students should review the basics prior to the session in order to get the most benefit.

The session is limited to ~20 students, and includes detailed, colour-coded notes, with fully worked explanations and examples, so that you can focus on understanding the material instead of trying to copy everything down. Exam-level practice problems taken from (or based on) previous finals are included so that you’ll have the chance to actually apply the concepts to highly-representative problems.

Cost &nd Payment Info: Discounts are automatically applied upon registration. A confirmation email with the total and information about payment options will be sent to the email address provided during registration.

  • Any one of the Final Mastery Sessions:$90, for registration before 6:30PM Sunday, November 27, $100 afterwards.
  • Any two of the Final Mastery Sessions:$120 for registration before 6:30PM Sunday, November 27; $170 afterwards. Includes 2 x 4h lecture, notes and practice problems.

Special Offer: complete set of 3 final Mastery sessions $149 for registration before 6:30PM Sunday, November 27; $190 afterwards. Includes 3 x 4h lecture, notes and practice problems.

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About MATH 263 Final Mastery 2

Saturday, 3 December, 6:15 PM (~4h), M3-37A (McLennan 3rd): This session will pick up where the first session left off, with a focus on the “advanced methods” of the 2nd half of the course. Topics covered will be the balance of what was not covered in the first session: Frobenius Series; Laplace Transforms; Fourier Series & Systems of Differentical Equations. Summaries of the theory will be provided in the notes; however, the session itself will focus primarily on solving exam-level problems, so students should review the basics prior to the session in order to get the most benefit.

The session is limited to ~20 students, and includes detailed, colour-coded notes, with fully worked explanations and examples, so that you can focus on understanding the material instead of trying to copy everything down. Exam-level practice problems taken from (or based on) previous finals are included so that you’ll have the chance to actually apply the concepts to highly-representative problems.

Cost &nd Payment Info: Discounts are automatically applied upon registration. A confirmation email with the total and information about payment options will be sent to the email address provided during registration.

  • Any one of the Final Mastery Sessions:$90, for registration before 6:30PM Sunday, November 27, $100 afterwards.
  • Any two of the Final Mastery Sessions:$120 for registration before 6:30PM Sunday, November 27; $170 afterwards. Includes 2 x 4h lecture, notes and practice problems.

Special Offer: complete set of 3 final Mastery sessions $149 for registration before 6:30PM Sunday, November 27; $190 afterwards. Includes 3 x 4h lecture, notes and practice problems.

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About MATH 263 Final Mastery 3

Tuesday, 6 December, 5:40 PM (~4h), M3-37A (McLennan 3rd): the third Final Mastery Session will be a problem-solving session that brings together the material from the entire course in the form of a mock final exam. We will recreate an exam-like setting with the similar conditions so students can get a sense of where they ought to focus their studying efforts in the last days before the exam.

The session will be broken up into two or three parts. You’ll receive the exam and will have a limited amount of time to solve the first section. The amount of time provided will be unrealistically short, to reproduce the stress experienced during the final, so the emphasis will be on identifying relevant methods and implementing them quickly. After each section, we will go over the solutions togther. Related problems will be recommended, wherever relevant, and variations on the problems will be provided for additional practice. By the end of the session, you should have a good idea of which topics require additional attention and what to expect from the final.

Cost &nd Payment Info: Discounts are automatically applied upon registration. A confirmation email with the total and information about payment options will be sent to the email address provided during registration.

  • Any one of the Final Mastery Sessions:$90, for registration before 6:30PM Sunday, November 27, $100 afterwards.
  • Any two of the Final Mastery Sessions:$120 for registration before 6:30PM Sunday, November 27; $170 afterwards. Includes 2 x 4h lecture, notes and practice problems.

Special Offer: complete set of 3 final Mastery sessions $149 for registration before 6:30PM Sunday, November 27; $190 afterwards. Includes 3 x 4h lecture, notes and practice problems.

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About the Weekly Sessions for McGill MATH 263 (Fall 2016)

The weekly sessions for Math 263 are 2-3h, small-group, sessions that aim to clarify the concepts and theory presented in the class lectures in an easy-to-understand approach that will help you both master the content throughout the semester, so that you have a solid understanding of the material, and make it much easier to succeed on your quizzes, WebWork and final exam.

The sessions include detailed, fully-developed solutions, meant to illustrate different aspects of the material in a systematic, structured way that makes it really easy for you to focus on understanding (instead of just copying notes), so they can identify and understand the core concepts. Solutions are even colour-coded to make it easy for you to see through the barrage of symbols and focus on the key elements. It’ll also help you learn to structure your answers efficiently and effectively, so that the logic of the solution is clear to you (and the marker!), and you won’t have to spend as much time at the end of the semester re-learning material before the final.

The sessions are also designed with a view of the entire course in mind with the goal of helping students know where to invest their time both in terms of success in this class, as well as in terms of the topics that will have the greatest application outside of this course.

In general, students attend weekly tutorials for a variety of reasons including:

    • Time Management: although able to learn and understand the material on their own, many students attend the weekly tutorials because it is simply a better use of their time. The notorious level of difficulty of McGill classes is, generally, not inherent to the content itself; rather, it is the sheer volume of material which makes the classes difficult. Better to spend 2h in a weekly session that will help you really understand the concepts and complete assignments yourself than to spend 8-10+h banging your head against the textbook and trying to decipher online resources only to get answers that don’t really make much sense to you and have it haunt you later in the semester.
    • Maintaining Commitment: despite the best of intentions to keep up with material and not use Wolfram for Webworks, Montreal has its way of always offering up absolutely, totally, 100% legitimate reasons that derail the best laid plans. So you make a financial commitment to a weekly session that helps you reach your goal. Knowing that you need help to reach a goal (& acting on it!) is knowing how to find the success you want.
    • Math Therapy: I believe that anyone who wants to learn math, can. You may be terrible at math, true – but there’s probably a list of bad math teachers somewhere in your past that would go a long way to explaining the difficulties you have, & no one wants to spend their time feeling like they just can’t get it. However, if you’re motivated and willing to do the work and practice, then you can definitely succeed. I’ve seen it hundreds of times: students go from failing in a fantastically impressive way to acing the class. The weekly tutorials will go a long way to rehabilitating your relationship with math.
    • Top of the Class: a large number of the students who attend weekly sessions don’t want to just pass the class, they want to understand the material at an intuitive level, & they want to ace the class. The weekly tutorials provide a wealth of information that help you develop general, transferable skills in mathematical literacy and reasoning, and I work hard to help students do their very best (and many have both aced their classes and finished very top of the class).

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Cost & Payment Structure for Weekly Mastery Lectures

If you have never attended one of my sessions previously, you can check out a Weekly Mastery Lecture for only $20*. Simply fill out the registration form above, or get in touch by emailing Help@Math263.com – you’ll be glad you did!
*for 2h Mastery Lectures; $30 for a 3h Mastery Lecture.

  • Full 6-Week Membership: prepay for the entire set of 6 sessions (16h) and get the lowest price ever offered for the Math 263 sessions: $280 for everything you need to master the material and succeed in your class.

    Weekly member will also receive priority registration and discounted rates for WebWork Workshops, Quiz Prep and Final Mastery Sessions; as well as pre-session exercises; recommended problems and feedback on solutions shared through the group FB page.

    This option is only available for the total set of 6 sessions. So if you join during the 2nd or 3rd session, the price is still $280, and you’d receive all the previous notes and still qualify for all the benefits.

    My goal in offering this lowest price is to encourage students to join the sessions early, so that they can establish a strong foundation right from the start so they will be less stressed for the final and do better in the class, overall.

  • Prepay Remaining Tutorials: if you decide to wait it out and join later in the semester for the remaining sessions it is $20/h for the remaining sessions (including notes). Students opting for this option will receive priority registration for all other Math 263 sessions. Full details will be provided when you register.
  • Individual Sessions: $25/h ($50 for 2h sessions, $75 for 3h sessions), subject to available space. Cancellations must be made min. 48h prior to the session. For additional information, get in touch using the contact form, above.

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MATH 263: The Long View

This is one of my favourite courses to teach: the material can appear so intimidating if it isn’t presented properly, but once you understand it, it really isn’t that difficult and is absolutely fascinating.

This course emphasizes the benefits of an understanding-based approach to mastering the material more than many others: there is simply too much material for students to succeed without really understanding the content. My advice is to get started early: the course starts off easy, but those easy topics are the foundation of later, more complicated material, so you need to aim for a high level of mastery right from the start, not just applying an algorithm for solving problems. Simple theory that seems superfluous at the start of the course turns out to be critical when you reach more advanced topics at the end of the semester (when it’s too late to back track).

Don’t take my word for it though – ask anyone who’s taken the class! Being able to solve the problems isn’t enough, you need to really understand what is going on if you don’t want to get caught off guard later in the class.

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Upcoming Sessions For MATH 263 ODEs for Engineers Fall 2016:

The first sessions will be posted as soon as we have a minimum of 9 students. Be sure to RSVP if you’re interested using the contact form at the top of the page.

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 What others are saying about our sessions:

Finding the right teacher is really important, but it’s not easy to know what to expect. Here are some unsolicited comments from recent students in MATH 263 at McGill. You can find more reviews from past students on the tutorials page. Ask around: we work hard to make sure that all of our students do the best they can!

“I know most people are probably Grieve-ing for their grades right now but I found the final difficult but manageable.

Just wanted so say thanks for the help this semester with ODES. The emphasis you put on theory was extremely useful for this class especially on the final.

Thanks again Bro-dry for the time and effort you put into the sessions and I’ll definitely recommend you to anyone looking for a math tutor. Also quiz apparently went better than I originally thought: I got 100%!”

– Laurent G. MATH 263 Fall 2014

“Thanks again for all the work you’re putting into these tutorials. It’s really making a difference as far as learning and really understanding the material goes … Jacob is an excellent instructor. He takes care to ensure we truly understand the material and can derive the equations needed on our own.

His sessions are clear, concise, and engaging, much better than any materials supplied by the professors or math texts.

I highly recommend him to anyone having issues intuitively understanding the materials in class.”

  – Zachary K.MATH 263 Fall 2014

“Just wanted to keep you updated as you asked about my grade! I ended up getting an A- which I am extremely happy about so thank you again so much for your help, would have never been able to do so well without it!”

  – Cassie E.Winter 2014

“Got an A! Thanks for the help I’m so relieved woooooow!”

  – J. ArnetteWinter 2014

“Comparing my Calc 1 results (C) and Calc 2 results (B+) all I can say is you saved by butt! and I am very grateful for that. Thank you!!!!”

  – Dana M.Winter 2014

“I passed. Literally almost threw my computer in the air I was so relieved. I’m pumped – Thanks so much.”

  – A. SinghWinter 2014

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