The base of the natural logarithm function, e, is called Euler's number, in honor of Leonhard Euler, a great Swiss mathematician. (Continued. See "before the activity.")
Before the Activity
While studying calculus, Euler wondered about graphical and numeric solutions to differential equations that cannot be solved symbolically through elementary methods such as separation of variables.
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During the Activity
Follow the procedures outlined in the activity.
Learn how to user Euler's method to solve differential equations that cannot be solved symbolically.
After the Activity
Review student results
As a class, discuss questions that appeared to be more challenging
Re-teach concepts as necessary