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Idiot's Guides: Calculus I by W. Michael Kelley

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CHAPTER17

Differential Equations

In This Chapter

  • What are differential equations?
  • Separation of variables
  • Initial conditions and differential equations
  • Modeling exponential growth and decay

Most calculus courses contain some discussion of differential equations, but that discussion is extremely limited to the basics. Most math majors will tell you that they had to suffer through an entire course on solving differential equations at some point in their math career. This is because differential equations are extremely useful in modeling real-life scenarios, and are used extensively by scientists.

A differential equation is nothing more than ...

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