MATH 238 Differential Equations • 5 Cr.


Uses tools from algebra and calculus in solving first- and second-order linear differential equations. Students focus on applying differential equations in modeling physical situations, and using power series methods and numerical techniques when explicit solutions are unavailable. May include work with Laplace Transforms and systems of differential equations. Fulfills the quantitative or symbolic reasoning course requirement at BC. Prerequisite: Placement by assessment or MATH& 152 with a C or better. Recommended: MATH& 153 and MATH 208.


After completing this class, students should be able to:

  • Solve linear and non-linear first order ordinary differential equations.
  • Solve second order linear ordinary differential equations.
  • Apply ordinary differential equations to model physical situations and interpret solutions.
  • Apply numerical and graphical techniques to analyze solutions to ordinary differential equations.