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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: ABCD

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.  Add link to OpenLab Course
  • WeBWorK:  Much of the homework for this class will be completed through WeBWorK, an online homework system hosted by Rederly.  You can sign up for a free account on Rederly with your City Tech email. Once you have an account, you can join our course on Rederly by clicking the enrollment link below.
    Rederly enrollment link(update with your course enrollment link from Rederly).
  • Add information about any video conferencing tools you will be using.

In-person Location:

  • N81x (update room or delete if not applicable)

Faculty Information

Professor Name:

  • Your Name Here

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

Contact Information

  • Email: youremail@citytech.cuny.edu
  • Phone: 123-456-7890

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.

Teaching/Learning Methods

Technology Requirements


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 11/6/20 (WF after 11/6/20)

Grading Policy

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

Class Etiquette & Netiquette

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Add attendance/participation policy. With online instruction the focus is on class participation, which depends on the structure of your course. For example, if you are offering synchronous classroom experiences (Zoom, Blackboard Collaborate, etc.) it would be participation in these meetings. For asynchronous courses, it is participation by the deadlines stated in your syllabus. As technology can be fickle, and life is far from normal, please exercise both compassion and common sense.

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

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