Differential Equations - The Modern Approach

Differential Equations is a sophomore-level course in the calculus sequence, taken after the Calculus II course (integration theory with Taylor Series, Sequences, et al.)

Classical Differential Equations is all about being presented with a type of differential equation, and then learning the paper and pencil techniques to solve the given type differential equation. Classically, you run out of easy differential equations very quickly, and the second half of the course is usually tasked with generalizing functions to Power Series representations, and finding - by hand! - the power series definitions that solve the next level of more difficult differential equation types.

A modern approach to differential equations is forget all of that paper and pencil classical technique - after all, is it really important to learn how to calculate the square root of 3 by hand? Our Modern approach to Differential Equations via the Calculus&Mathematica curriculum is to look at differential equations as what they mean - not how to solve the (rather trivial) cases you can do by hand. Having a powerful tool like Mathematica means you can obtain the solution of a differential equation (if there is one!), but what does the solution mean? How do you interpret it? What does its graph mean? What if the differential equation changes just slightly? What is a driving term?

This modern approach to Differential Equations is a superior approach for physics, economics, and data science. Instead of having a bag of "here's how you solve this differential equation by hand", students leave the course with an appreciation to engage against any differential equation!

Here is a video on the Differential Equation course:

Differential Equation Course



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Distance Calculus - Student Reviews

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Date Posted: Feb 28, 2020
Review by: Teddy M.
Courses Completed: Precalculus, Calculus I
Review: Pros: once you get going, you can go really fast. The visual textbook is pretty cool. The instructors were very responsive. Cons: the movies are great, but the software crashes more than it should. Sometimes it is just a hassle doing things in the software instead of on paper, but once I got used to the software, it was ok.
Transferred Credits to: Texas Christian University



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Date Posted: Jan 12, 2020
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Courses Completed: Calculus I, Calculus II
Review: I needed to brush up on my high school calculus and finally take Calc II before starting a graduate program that needed them as prereqs. This was perfect choice to fit in that summer. Got done at fast pace that I wanted and needed. Also had added bonus of one on one feedback and help when needed. Video lessons were better than many on campus instructors in large lecture settings. Recommend for anyone needing to satisfy prereqs at home institution.
Transferred Credits to: University of Michigan



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Date Posted: Jan 13, 2020
Review by: Janice Flores
Student Email: jflores35@knights.ucf.edu
Courses Completed: Calculus II
Review: I highly recommend this course! Dr. Curtis is the best teacher and is ALWAYS willing to work with you to make sure you understand the subject. It was definitely a positive experience and the credits were transferred to my University with no problems! I definitely do not regret it and I had doubts in the beginning but if I had to, I would do it all over again!
Transferred Credits to: University of Central Florida