MATH 240 – Differential Equations


Certainly, here’s a sample high school Differential Equations syllabus. Please note that this is a general example, and you may need to adapt it to meet the specific requirements and standards of your school or district:

Course Title: Differential Equations (High School Level)

Course Description: Differential Equations is an advanced mathematics course that introduces students to the concepts of differential equations and their applications. This course covers topics such as first-order differential equations, second-order differential equations, and systems of differential equations.

Course Objectives: By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Understand the concept of differential equations and their classifications.
  2. Solve first-order differential equations using separation of variables, integrating factors, and other techniques.
  3. Solve second-order linear differential equations with constant coefficients.
  4. Analyze and solve systems of linear differential equations.
  5. Apply differential equations to real-world scenarios and scientific problems.


  • [Insert Differential Equations Textbook Title and Author(s)]


  • Notebook or binder for class notes and assignments.
  • Graphing calculator (if required by the school or teacher).
  • Pencils, erasers, and a ruler.


  • Homework/Classwork: XX%
  • Quizzes: XX%
  • Tests: XX%
  • Projects: XX%
  • Final Exam: XX%

Course Outline:

Unit 1: Introduction to Differential Equations

  • Understanding differential equations and their significance.
  • Classification of differential equations (ordinary vs. partial, linear vs. nonlinear, etc.).

Unit 2: First-Order Differential Equations

  • Separable differential equations.
  • Exact differential equations.
  • Integrating factors and linear differential equations.

Unit 3: Second-Order Differential Equations

  • Second-order linear homogeneous differential equations.
  • Second-order linear nonhomogeneous differential equations.
  • Constant coefficient differential equations.

Unit 4: Systems of Differential Equations

  • Introduction to systems of differential equations.
  • Solving systems of first-order linear differential equations.
  • Applications of systems of differential equations.

Unit 5: Review and Final Exam Preparation

Note: This is a general example of a high school Differential Equations syllabus. It’s important to adapt it to meet the specific needs and standards of your school or district. The percentages for grading, the textbook, and materials may vary. Additionally, consult with your school’s curriculum guidelines and any state or district standards that may apply. Differential Equations is typically a college-level course, so the level of rigor and depth may vary based on the high school’s curriculum.

Free Textbooks

There are several free textbooks and open educational resources (OER) available for studying college-level differential equations. Here are a few options:

  1. Paul’s Online Math Notes – Differential Equations:
    • Paul’s Online Math Notes provides free notes and tutorials on differential equations. While it’s not a traditional textbook, it covers a wide range of differential equations concepts and is a valuable resource.
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  2. MIT OpenCourseWare (OCW):
    • MIT OCW offers free access to course materials from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) courses, including differential equations. You can find lecture notes, assignments, and exams that cover differential equations topics.
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  3. OpenStax Differential Equations:
  4. Online Mathematics Textbooks – Differential Equations:
  5. Paul’s Online Notes – Differential Equations Cheat Sheet:

While these resources are primarily designed for college-level differential equations courses, they can be useful for self-study as well. Always ensure that the content aligns with your specific course or curriculum, as differential equations courses may vary in content and depth from one institution to another.


As of my last knowledge update in January 2022, several Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) platforms offer free courses on differential equations. These courses are typically designed for college-level differential equations. Please keep in mind that course offerings on MOOC platforms can change, and while auditing the courses may be free, receiving a certificate or additional support may involve a fee. Here are some platforms where you can explore free differential equations courses:

  1. Coursera:
    • Coursera offers college-level courses on differential equations. Some of these courses can be audited for free, but you may need to pay for a certificate or access to certain features.
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  2. edX:
    • edX provides college-level courses on differential equations from universities and institutions. You can audit courses for free, but there may be a fee for certificates or advanced features.
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  3. MIT OpenCourseWare (OCW):
    • MIT OCW offers free access to course materials from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) courses, including differential equations. While you won’t receive a certificate, you can access the course content for self-study.
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  4. Khan Academy:
    • Khan Academy provides free math courses, including topics related to differential equations. While it may not be a traditional MOOC, it offers video lessons, practice exercises, and assessments that cover differential equations concepts.
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  5. Coursera Specializations:
    • Some Coursera specializations in mathematics and engineering may include courses on differential equations. These specializations often offer free trials, allowing you to access course content for a limited time.
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While these platforms offer courses on differential equations, be sure to explore the course descriptions and offerings on each platform to find the one that aligns best with your learning objectives and needs. Additionally, verify the availability of free auditing options for the courses you are interested in.

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