Not too easy. Not too difficult.
Course Overview:
Differential equations is not an easy course, especially when taken online, but Dr. Vaz made it bearable. For the online course, Dr. Vaz does not lecture in the videos. Lecture videos are taught primarily by Dr. Rochus Boerner (Dr. Vaz actually provides the lecture videos for MAT 343--Linear Algebra). As an online instructor, however, Dr. Vaz is very fair. He provides good feedback on the Piazza forum, allows you to drop your lowest of the six lab grades, provides a small bit of extra credit, and provides detailed information on the final exam.
Course highlights:
Differential equations is a fascinating course that explains the motion or movement of more complex functions or systems involving more than one variable. This class also has a lab in which students use Matlab to model functions or use matrix algebra functions (honestly, if you have a TI-89 or use Wolfram Alpha, they will be able to handle most of the equations and problems covered in class a lot faster and easier than programming them into Matlab, but it's still good to know how to use Matlab. Matlab can certainly handle very complex scenarios that go beyond the calculator.)
Hours per week:
12+ hours
Advice for students:
Do the reading and practice the problems. Also, there are plenty of good YouTube videos that will explain how to use Matlab. Finally, review integrals, integrating logs, and trig. You'll use it a lot!
This class was tough.
Course Overview:
Absolutely, professor Tracogna actually aspires to help students learn and understand the material. Plenty of homework but she is more than willing to help you just about anytime you need assistance.
Course highlights:
The class is based on differential equations so it basically enhances your understanding and knowledge of Calculus and expands the material into real life situations.
Hours per week:
12+ hours
Advice for students:
Show up to class is number 1. She works out tons of problems and elaborates on every step to ensure you know the why. Second would be to start the homework early and practice the problems more than once before the exams.
This class was tough.
Course Overview:
Dr. Kim is a great professor, with his PhD in Physics he has a great understanding of differential equations and how those equations can be applied to something real within the world. He like relating subjects to students that are physics and engineering majors and he is there to help. His lectures can be fast paced but the notes are clear and straightforward. He provides many examples as well.
Course highlights:
Great teacher, fast paced class that forces you to pay attention, many examples for in class concepts, office hours right before and after class.
Hours per week:
12+ hours
Advice for students:
Definitely go to every class, take notes and stay off your phone. Dr. Kim's classes move quickly and you can fall behind really fast. If you anticipate falling behind, just go to his office hours - show him you care and he will help you out. Also, practice as much as possible. The test questions are hard because they aren't cookie cutter questions, Kim forces you to think about the problem and apply it a way you might not have expected. Like creating a DE for a mixture problem then putting that information into a matrix. Also, the school's page for DE isn't great. The videos are super long and aren't always clear. I used http://www.mathispower4u.com/diff-eq.php - James Sousa is a great teacher and he works for Maricopa Community College. He has been using the stylist before Sal Khan and he's a pro. His videos helped me get through DE with a really good understanding of the material.