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Published on 07/19/2006

Activity Overview

This activity is an application of differential equations and slope fields. Students first go through the traditional paper and pencil method of solving a differential equation.

Before the Activity

Students then use the symbolic capacity of their calculator and calculus to solve the equation more easily. At the end they use the calculator's differential equation solver and slope field procedure.
See the attached Activity PDF file(s) for detailed instructions for this activity.

During the Activity

Follow the procedures outlined in the activity.
Students will:

  • Solve a differential equation and verify the solution using Slope Fields.
  • After the Activity

  • Review student results:
  • As a class, discuss questions that appeared to be more challenging
  • Re-teach concepts as necessary