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MATH 204 Elementary Differential Equations

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    May 19, 2017
    | Probably wouldn’t recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    The material was relatively easy however, the math department's grading policy is outrageous. They unnecessarily dock points on exams and, frankly, test on material that was never taught.

    Course highlights:

    I did learn how to solve differential equations. However, one of the highlights was them giving an exam on Linear Algebra which we were never taught. To curve this exam, we were tested on it again during the final.

    Hours per week:

    12+ hours

    Advice for students:

    Take it at another campus and transfer the credit. Avoid this math department at all costs.

    • Fall 2014
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    • Math-heavy Many Small Assignments A Few Big Assignments
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    Oct 10, 2016
    | Probably wouldn’t recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    Like many of the math courses at S&T, the course is very difficult and will likely lower your GPA. The exams pull a lot of integration and derivation from Calc 2 and Calc 3 that the grades will take away a good portion of the points for not answering correctly. I would recommend taking the course somewhere else.

    Course highlights:

    The course can seem very abstract and difficult to apply to actually situations. However it does model exponential population growth and simultaneous inflow and outflow of a system.

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    For this course at S&T they go through the first 2 chapters very fast. However once I got those chapters it gets much easier. Do not try and learn from the book as they tend to tell you a lot of information that you don't need to know and it will distract you from what you are actually trying to accomplish with the equation. The course is not particularly difficult because of the differential equations portion as much as it is the Calc 2 and 3 integration that not everyone remembers very well. Solving the differential equations is not hard, most people lost the most points failing to integrate properly on the exam. But, if you are confident in your Calc 2 and 3 knowledge, then you should be fine.

    • Fall 2016
    • Wenquing Hu
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    • Math-heavy Background Knowledge Expected Lots of Writing
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    Mar 05, 2016
    | Would recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    I learned a lot from DiffEq, which is applicable to many advanced courses in various engineering fields. As an Electrical Engineer, I find it very useful.

    Course highlights:

    I found that the responses of a differential system can be used as a model for many different situations, from circuits to springs to bridges.

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    DO THE HOMEWORK. If you don't you won't know how to apply all those equations on your crib sheet during the test. and then you're hosed.

    • Spring 2015
    • Akin
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    • Math-heavy Always Do the Reading Participation Counts

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