Introduction to differential equations

Course provided by Open University

Summary overview

• Online anytime

• 18 hours study time

• Cross-sector

• Free

• Level 1

Differential equations are any equations that include derivatives and arise in many situations. This free course, Introduction to differential equations, considers three types of first-order differential equations.

Summary overview

• Online anytime

• 18 hours study time

• Cross-sector

• Free

• Level 1

Learning outcomes

1. Recognise differential equations that can be solved by each of the three methods – direct integration, separation of variables and integrating factor method – and use the appropriate method to solve them.
2. Use an initial condition to find a particular solution of a differential equation, given a general solution.
3. Check a solution of a differential equation in explicit or implicit form, by substituting it into the differential equation.
4. Understand the terms ‘exponential growth/decay’, ‘proportionate growth rate’ and ‘doubling/halving time’ when applied to population models, and the terms ‘exponential decay’, ‘decay constant’ and ‘half-life’ when applied to radioactivity.
5. Solve problems involving exponential growth and decay.