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materials for teaching modeling with differential equations

SIMIODE offers class materials and support for faculty who want to use modeling to motivate and teach differential equations. Everything in SIMIODE is FREE and all materials are offered according to a Creative Commons license.

An example of a first day project M&M Simulation of Death and Immigration will give you a good idea what to expect from a modeling scenario. This scenario has been used by thousands of students over many years as a first day activity introducing differential equation. After you have looked it over you might take a look at these other choices.

First Day Activities

Modeling Scenarios for Early Topics

Modeling Scenarios for Systems of Differential Equations

Modeling Scenarios for Second Order Differential Equations

Modeling Scenarios Involving Projectile Motion

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When you register, be sure to say why you are registering as we manually approve registrations to keep the community on-target and keep out spammers. Faculty will be placed into our Teachers Group so you may access the teacher's portion of all scenarios. Students can also register and participate in the community, but only have access to the statement of the modeling scenarios.