SIMIODE EXPO 2021 - (B1-MR) How do I Cover the 'Normal' Stuff?
Using a Modeling First Approach and Maple in a Traditional Differential Equations Class
Rosemary Farley, Manhattan College, Riverdale NY USA
This was a presentation made at the SIMIODE EXPO 2021 - see program.
Abstract: Our differential equations course is required of every student in the School of Engineering. As a required course, there is a syllabus with topics that have to be covered in preparation for a cumulative final. All the traditional methods of solving differential equations by hand must be covered.We will explain how we incorporated the modeling first approach into our differential equations classroom while still covering the traditional topics required. We will explain how we managed to devote one-third of our class time to the use of a modeling first approach together with the extensive use of the computer algebra system Maple while still preparing students for a traditional common final. We will provide several examples of modeling problems from the SIMIODE scenarios that we adapted to our needs and time restrictions. We will give examples of how we created test questions that reflected ideas from our modeling first scenarios.
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