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Mathematics in Education, Research and Applications (MERAA), 2019(5), 2

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Published online 2019-12-09

Differential equations in mathematics education at the Faculty of Engineering SUA in Nitra

Tomáš Pechočiak
Slovak University of Agriculture in Nitra, Nitra, Slovak Republic

Article Fulltext (PDF), pp. 93–97

Some properties and relations can be described by functions and their derivatives, which can be written as an equation containing the variables x and y and derivatives. Such equations are called differential equation of n-th order, where the order of the differential equation is determined by the highest derivative present in that equation. Only students of the Faculty of the Engineering SUA in Nitra in the subject Mathematics for Technicians study the topic on differential equations in their first year of study. Since the scope of teaching in this subject is very small, so we deal only with certain types of differential equations. In this paper, we set a goal to verify the level of students’ knowledge about differential equations at this faculty. We used methods of mathematical descriptive statistics to analyze study outcomes. We found that if the student was successful in solving differential equations, he was also successful in the final test. It has not been confirmed that if a student is able to calculate one kind of differential equations, s/he can calculate another type.

Keywords: differential equations, average, correlation
JEL Classification: C02, C10, I21