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**MathsIsFun****Administrator**- Registered: 2005-01-21
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A new page: Differential Equations - Introduction

Could you please go over this with a fine-tooth comb and find any inaccuracies. In my attempt to simplify I may have gone too far.

Suggestions and comments also welcome.

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**ganesh****Moderator**- Registered: 2005-06-28
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Hi MathsIsFun,

The page on Differential Equations is fabulous; the diagrams and literature are immaculate.

Thanks for the remarkable work!

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Hi MIF;

I thought the degree of an ODE was the power that the highest derivative was raised to. So the degree of

(near the bottom )would be 1 not 2. Unless I am wrong about the definition.

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**ShivamS****Member**- Registered: 2011-02-07
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Great page, albeit a bit too oversimplified (in my opinion) but good for introductory purposes.

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Nice one. Thanks for putting it up.

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**MathsIsFun****Administrator**- Registered: 2005-01-21
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Thanks Guys!

bobbym wrote:

I thought the degree of an ODE was the power that the highest derivative was raised to.

Yes, will fix.

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Hi;

You could use a good example problem?

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**MathsIsFun****Administrator**- Registered: 2005-01-21
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Got a good one have you?

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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I did, but I do not remember much about it. The question was if the earth stopped dead in its orbit and was allowed to fall into the sun how long would it take? I remember spending a lot of time on small handheld programmable calculators numerically solving the DE. It is all better done with Kepler's laws and no calculus at all. Maybe someone else has a good example?

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