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Topic: Is ODEs essential to majors?
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Murphy Waggoner

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Is ODEs essential to majors?
Posted: Jan 12, 1997 5:41 PM
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Our department is in the midst of a review of our mathematics program
(major courses and service courses). Simpson College is a small (1700
students) liberal arts college. We looked at the catalogs of other liberal
arts colleges in Iowa and found that only 2 out of 16 of those colleges
required ODEs for the mathematics major. (We are one of those 2 schools.)

Should ODEs be required for mathematics majors (non-engineering students)?
Why or why not? What post-calculus, sophomore courses should be required
for majors (if any)?



Murphy Waggoner
Department of Mathematics
Simpson College
701 North C Street
Indianola, IA 50125

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