**Get inspired:**

Not sure if differential equations really matter? I promise you, they do. There’s a decent web feature called “17 Equations that Changed the World.” Not all of the examples are differential equations, but a few are:

- The wave equation
- The Navier-Stokes equations for fluids
- Maxwell’s equations for electromagnetism
- Schrodinger’s equation for quantum states
- The logistic model for population growth (not technically a differential equation, but close)
- The Black-Scholes model for pricing financial derivatives

**Before class:**

- Read the course syllabus.
- Read the group work policy.
- Read the problem set guidelines.

**In class:**

- Enough about you, let’s talk about me for a minute.
- Discuss our approach to learning.
- Discuss course syllabus.
- Enough about me, let’s talk about you for a minute.
- Answer any questions you may have.
- Do a test login to Moodle.
- Get a jump start with LaTeX.