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

Published online 20191209
DOI:https://doi.org/10.15414/meraa.2019.05.02.9397
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 nth 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