Prerequisites: Qualifying math score and completion of AP Calculus BC. Completion of Linear Algebra or Multivariable Calculus preferred.
Course Format: Individually Paced
Course Length: Typically 6 months
Recommended School Credit: One full year of high school credit equal to or greater than an AP class or one semester of college credit
Course Code: DIF
Differential Equations is an online and individually-paced course equivalent to the final course in a typical college-level calculus sequence. This course is a broad introduction to Ordinary Differential Equations, and covers all topics in the corresponding course at the Johns Hopkins Krieger School of Arts and Sciences.
The course is based on a required textbook and around student-instructor interaction where CTYOnline instructors provide individual feedback on tests, answer questions about the course material, and hold live review sessions in an online virtual classroom as needed. Computer based interactives, homeworks and quizzes help to reinforce concepts taught in the class.
For a detailed list of topics, click the "List of Topics" tab.
A textbook purchase is required for this course:
Elementary Differential Equations by Boyce and DiPrima, 10th Ed.
For those students who plan to continue their studies of differential equations beyond this course, we recommend the text Elementary Differential Equations and Boundary Value Problems, which contains the entire content of the book listed above, as well as two extra chapters not covered in this course.
Only one of the textbooks listed on this page is required for this course.
Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to demonstrate mastery over the following topics:
CTYOnline courses require a properly-maintained computer with Internet access and a recent-version web browser (such as Firefox, Safari, or Internet Explorer) with the Adobe Flash plugin. Students are expected to be familiar with standard computer operations (e.g. login, cut & paste, email attachments, etc).
You may also need the Java Runtime Environment.