Virginia Tech Math Course

Math 2214 Course Homepage

This page is a collection of resources (handouts, software, helpful advice etc.) for students who are taking Math 2214. The page is meant to provide a reference to available resources; it is not meant to be a set of course notes, study guide or tutorial. The page is maintained by Michael Renardy.

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 List of suggested homework assignments.

Click here.

 Online quizzes


  • Online practice quizzes (if you are using a pop-up blocker, you may need to turn it off)
  • Graded quizzes: Some instructors will use the practice quizzes as a database for graded quizzes, which will be unproctored and can be taken anywhere. You must start a graded quiz by 11 pm on the day of the deadline.
  • List of practice quizzes: a table listing how practice quizzes correspond to sections in the text.
  • WHAT NOT TO DO: a list of rules to follow to avoid technical problems when taking a graded quiz.

    You log in to the practice quiz system with your Virginia Tech PID and Password, and log off when you are finished practicing. This server has no connection to the testing server, which means that you will not risk losing any graded work if you forget to quit your browser. It also means that these practice problems will not be available when you view past tests. If you want to review your practice quiz problems later, you can mark up to 30 individual problems using the link below each graded practice problem. There is a link to your list of marked problems available anytime you are in the practice problem system.

    Fall break: Quizzes with Friday, Saturday or Sunday deadlines will have their deadline postponed to Monday, October 16. If there is another quiz the following week, it will start on Tuesday, October 17.

    Thanksgiving break: Quizzes with weekday deadlines starting the week before the break will be available for two weeks. Quizzes with Saturday or Sunday deadlines will have their deadline postponed to Monday, November 27. If there is another quiz the following week, its start time is accordingly postponed to November 28.

     Final exam schedule:

    7:00 pm - 9:00 pm, Friday, December 15, 2017. The first half of this is the common time final and the second half is your instructor's part of the final exam. Please note that common time finals are usually not in the same room as your class. For room assignments click here.

     Why should I study this stuff?

    Click here for a list of courses which require either 2214 or more advanced differential equations courses such as 4544 and 4564 as a prerequisite.


    Tutoring is available at the Math Emporium. Check the Emporium web page for details. Note that the tutoring lab is not the same as floor help. See also this web site for additional information on tutoring.

      Recent common time finals in PDF format:

      Matlab resources for Math 2214.

     Useful Mathematica files.

    This link gives access to a few Mathematica notebooks which explain how to use Mathematica for solving differential equations. For example, direction fields, DSolve, numerical solutions etc.

     Other supplements.

    Provides links to other course supplements, e.g. handouts covering material that is useful in the course but not covered in the text.

     Web pages for individual sections during Fall 2017: