Making the Difference in Differential Equations

A colorful sphere in graphed in 3 dimensions.

A graphic from the video Tumbling Box. (Image by The MathWorks.)

By Joe Pickett, OCW Publication Director

Among OCW’s most popular courses are 18.06SC Linear Algebra and 18.03SC Differential Equations. They are regulars on OCW’s most visited courses list.

OCW has just published a new video series designed to give math learners a more in-depth exploration of these subjects: Learn Differential Equations: Up Close with Gilbert Strang and Cleve Moler.

MIT Professor Gilbert Strang needs no introduction to people familiar with OCW’s math offerings. His videos have received scores of thousands of viewings over the years and have made him a kind of mathematical phenomenon. His Highlights of Calculus videos, for instance, are favored feature of OCW’s Highlights for High School site.

Cleve Moler has been a professor of mathematics at University of Michigan, Stanford University, and the University of New Mexico, although these days he wears the hat of chief mathematician and cofounder of The MathWorks®. He is the creator of the software program MATLAB®, which is widely used in science and engineering.

Screenshot of the course introductory video, with Cleve Moler and Gilbert Strang.

You can meet both of these math makers by watching the course introductory video.

The 68 videos in this new series are all fairly short (usually around 15 minutes, sometimes much shorter) and targeted at specific topics like vector spaces and eigenvalues. Gilbert Strang’s videos are designed to supplement his 2014 textbook Differential Equations and Linear Algebra. In his own videos, Cleve Moler introduces computation for differential equations, explains the MATLAB® ODE (Ordinary Differential Equations) suite, and takes learners through hands-on MATLAB exercises.

Viewers are already raving about this new video series. It is but another of OCW’s many Supplemental Resources.

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