Not too easy. Not too difficult.
Course Overview:
Differential equations has countless applications in the world of finance, robotics, physics, and so on. Without even an elementary introduction, many problems will seem much more overwhelming or confusing than they are. This course presents the material in such a way where you can see where the applications are used, and it also sets you up for further study in higher level courses. It is also a fairly straightforward course, so there is no reason differential equations should be feared!
Course highlights:
A majority of the course is spent learning how to solve first order differential equations, so this is essentially the highlight, as there are so many applications. One could model growth of a system, or the transfer of heat over time, and etc. Obviously, the material studied in the course is the first level of a much more intricate subject, so most modeling is fairly basic, but nonetheless useful for a rough idea of how some system operates.
Hours per week:
6-8 hours
Advice for students:
Do the homework (which isn't mandatory). Bin Zhao is also around in office hours a decent amount during the week, so use this to your advantage. The course material is by no means difficult, but it isn't a course you want to breeze through by simply knowing how to solve a problem, you want to understand WHY the way you solve a problem works. Without this level of understanding, higher level courses will require catch up, and this is never pleasant. Utilize office hours after doing some homework problems, and pay attention to the lectures as material is often presented more simply than books or alternative resources may present. The material in the course is by no means difficult to understand with a very good grasp, so spend the extra hour or so a week and do some extra problems and studying so you complete the course feeling a sense of satisfaction and comprehension!
Not too easy. Not too difficult.
Course Overview:
Great teacher, very helpful and easy going. Works with students well and is always available to answer questions or even just to talk!
Course highlights:
Learned different ways to solve differential equations
Hours per week:
0-2 hours
Advice for students:
Do the homework that is optional it really helps especially with the quizzes he gives.