Discrete Population Models: Why They Belong in a Differential Equations Course

2018-07-03T17:53:32Z (GMT) by Z. Kadas

We make a case for including difference equations, in particular the discrete logistic equation, in basic differential equations courses. Contrasting the behavior of discrete and continuous models enriches students’ understanding of both modeling and differential equations. To facilitate sharing discrete population models with students, some materials including class handouts and an “exploratory” computer assignment are provided.