‘18.032: Differential Equations’

Table of contents

  1. Course Info
  2. Realistic Prerequisites
  3. Subject Matter
  4. Course Staff
  5. Lectures
  6. Problem Sets
  7. Exams
  8. Resources
  9. Grading
  10. Advice to Future Students

Course Info

Class Size 27
Hours/Week 8.2 (21 responses)
Instructors Tristan Ozuch-Meersseman
Overall Rating 6.2/7.0

Realistic Prerequisites

  • The content of 18.02 was a helpful prerequisite.
  • Some students recommended taking this with real analysis, 18.100X.

Subject Matter

  • Students found the course to be very theoretical, with the end of the course being more applied.

Course Staff

  • The TA and the professor were both very approachable.
  • The course staff was very willing to answer questions from students.


  • Lectures were found to be fast-paced, but were crucial to understanding the content of the course.

Problem Sets

  • Students found problem sets to be the most helpful for their understanding.
  • The problem sets were challenging, but engaging.
  • Problem sets were posted every 2 weeks.


  • The exams were considered difficult to finish on time.
  • Students noted the first exam being much more difficult than the second.


  • Students used lecture notes posted on Canvas to clarify their understanding.
  • There was no textbook for the course.


  • Students felt that grading was fair and transparent.

Advice to Future Students

  1. “18.03 might be a better fit if your aim is to learn how to solve differential equations in practical applications.”