Mathematica Material for Differential Equations

In summer 2009, I attended the Advanced Mathematica Summer School at Wolfram Research. While there, I began to develop some course materials, demonstrations, and labs for our Math 2420 Differential Equations course. I am still working on much of this material, but will start posting it here as I begin to get it whipped into shape. Where possible, I have tried to program most of this material in such a way that it can be either used with a full (or student) version of Mathematica or, with somewhat diminished functionality, with the free, downloadable Mathematica Player software. I will be uploading more of these (and tweaking the ones here) over the course of the summer and this coming fall. If you have any comments, thoughts, or suggestions about these, please feel free to contact me. I hope you find these useful.


These are widgets (demonstrations, manipulates?) that teachers can use in class to demonstrate various topics or that students can use to learn more about those topics (can be useful for some homework assignments...).

If you open these files in the full version of Mathematica, it will allow you to enter your own system of equations to try and to make changes (it will warn you that you need to "convert this into a notebook" first, but just answer "Yes" and remember to save as some new filename). If you open the file in the free, downloadable Mathematica Player software, you will be restricted to the equations I have already entered for you and cannot make any changes to the widget, but will otherwise be able to make use of it normally (hey, it's free...).


These can be assigned by teachers or just worked through by anyone interested in the topic. My plan is to eventually have two versions of each lab: one version can be worked entirely with the included widgets in the free Mathematica Player software and will require little or no knowledge of Mathematica to use. The second version will require you to use a full version of Mathematica and to have some knowledge of actually working with Mathematica to solve them.



I would particularly like to express my thanks to the following people and institutions for helping me develop this material in various ways:

This webpage was created by Marcus McGuff.
It was last updated on August 1, 2012 .