Course Information

Course Number: MAT 2680

Course Title: Differential Equations

Course Outline: Official course outline prepared by the Mathematics Department.

Course Description: Topics include methods of solving ordinary differential equations and applications to various problems.

Credits / Hours: 3

Section Number: D772

Prerequisites: MAT 1575

Textbook: Elementary Differential Equations, Free Edition 1.01, William F. Trench, December 2013. The textbook is available to download for free (pdf) or in softcover format for a small fee. To obtain the textbook click here

Online Spaces

  • OpenLab: This website will be the online home for our class. The site contains important information about the course, and will be used in various ways throughout the semester.
  • WeBWorK:  Much of the homework for this class will be completed on the WeBWorK system.  The link to our WeBWorK section and login instructions will be posted on our OpenLab site.
  • Dropbox: CUNY has provided all students with Dropbox accounts with large storage limits. We may or may not use Dropbox. Information and a login link are posted here.
  • Blackboard: Grades will be posted in Blackboard’s gradebook.

Faculty Information

Professor Name:

  • Kate Poirier

Student Office Hours/Information: For information about student office hours, visit Contact Info & Communications.

Contact Information

  • Email:

Learning Outcomes

  1. Classify differential equations.
  2. Solve first and second order ordinary differential equations using various techniques.
  3. Use numerical methods to approximate solutions, when appropriate.
  4. Apply methods of solving differential equations to answer questions about various systems (such as mechanical or electrical)

Gen Ed Learning Outcomes

Students will be able to:

  1. Gather, interpret, evaluate, and apply information discerningly from a variety of sources.
  2. Understand and employ both quantitative and qualitative analysis to solve problems.
  3. Employ scientific reasoning and logical thinking.
  4. Communicate effectively.


A detailed schedule of topics can be found on the Schedule page.

Percent/Letter Grade conversion

A = 93.0 — 100
A- = 90.0 — 92.9
B+ = 87.0 — 89.9
B = 83.0 — 86.9
B- = 80.0 — 82.9
C+ = 77.0 — 79.9
C = 70.0 — 76.9
D = 60.0 — 69.9
F = 0 — 59.9
W = withdrawal up to Tuesday, May 16

Grading Policy

The grading policy for the course appears on the Grading Policy page.


Attendance at class sessions will be recorded. Periodically, one-on-one meetings with your professor may scheduled; you must arrive at the required time.


Participation makes up a component of your overall course grade. More information can be found on the Grading Policy page here.

College Academic Integrity Policy

Students and all others who work with information, ideas, texts, images, music, inventions and other intellectual property owe their audience and sources accuracy and honesty in using, crediting and citation of sources. As a community of intellectual and professional workers, the college recognizes its responsibility for providing instruction in information literacy and academic integrity, offering models of good practice, and responding vigilantly and appropriately to infractions of academic integrity. Accordingly, academic dishonesty is prohibited in The City University of New York and is punishable by penalties, including failing grades, suspension and expulsion. More information about the College’s policy on Academic Integrity may be found in the College Catalog

Please see the our class’s academic integrity policy here.


Students with disabilities recognized by the Center for Student Accessibility should coordinate arrangements for official accommodations with their instructor and with the Center. Other students with disabilities—visible disabilities or invisible disabilities such as chronic illnesses—are encouraged to discuss their situations with their instructor—if they are comfortable doing so—so that appropriate arrangements can be made.

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