Prerequisites: Qualifying math score and completion of 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 or one semester of college credit weighting equal to or greater than an AP class
Course Code: DIF
This course is equivalent to the final course in a typical college-level calculus sequence. It will cover all topics covered in JHU's Ordinary Differential Equations course. Applications include Newtonian physics, electrical circuits, and population dynamics.
Assignments are based on a textbook that is purchased separately by the student. Students are expected to read from the text regularly and are encouraged to attempt a few practice problems each day. Questions and hints can be obtained by direct weekly communication with instructors who provide continual feedback on their work. Students are strongly encouraged to work on the course at least 1 hour a day, 5 days a week, and email their instructors at least once per week.
Students explore autonomous differential equations with dfield. http://math.rice.edu/~dfield/dfpp.html
A textbook purchase is required for this course:
Elementary Differential Equations by Boyce and DiPrima, 9th Ed.
A graphing calculator is required, such as:
Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to demonstrate mastery over the following topics:
Students will also need:
This course uses an online classroom for individual or group discussions with the instructor. The classroom works on standard computers with the Adobe Flash plugin, and also tablets or handhelds that support the Adobe Connect Mobile app.