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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The 40th Virginia Tech Regional Math Contest will be held 9:00am -- 11:30am, Saturday October 27, 2018 in McBryde, room TBA. Students wishing to take part should give their email address to Peter Linnell by September 30. All Virginia Tech undergraduates (any major, not just Math) are eligible to take part, and there are cash prizes; $800 overall and a further $300 which is restricted to Virginia Tech students. Techniques involve material from the Freshman-Sophomore calculus sequences. More information can be found on the Math Department's WEB pages, specifically here and also in the September 2005 issue of "Math Horizons".

The Putnam Mathematical Competition will be held Saturday December 1, 2018, 10:00 am--1:00 pm (part A), and 3:00 pm-- 6:00 pm (part B). Students wishing to participate can sign up at McBryde 472, or should send an e-mail to Martin Klaus. The deadline for signing up is Friday October 12. There will be practice sessions (dates TBA) before the exam and there will be cash prizes. More information can be found on the Math Department's webpage here.

 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 or weekend deadlines will have their deadline postponed to Monday, October 22. If there is another quiz the following week, it will start on Tuesday, October 23.

    Thanksgiving break: Quizzes with weekend deadlines will have their deadlines postponed to Monday, November 26. If there is another quiz the following week, it will start on Tuesday, November 27. Quizzes with weekday deadlines which start the week before the break will be available for two weeks.

     Pathways assessment

    For the first time this fall, we have to assess pathways goals in this course. The online quiz system will be used for this purpose. If your instructor gives graded online quizzes, three quizzes during the semester will be set by the course coordinator using questions chosen for this purpose. They will be given on the same schedule as your other quizzes and will be graded the same way. If your instructor does not give his/her own online quizzes, you will be given only the pathways quizzes with a deadline on a Wednesday. These quizzes will count for a total of 5% of the grade.

     Final exam schedule:

    11:05 am - 1:05 pm, Wednesday, December 12, 2018. 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. Rooms will be announced near the end of the semester.

     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 in McB 240 Sunday through Thursday 5-9 pm. The lab provides help with 1000 and 2000 level VT math courses on a walk-in basis and is staffed by undergraduate and graduate student tutors. Students requesting help should bring a laptop, printed questions, their textbook, or their class notes with them. See this web site for further information. 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 2018:

  • 85814: Renardy
  • 85815: Galinaitis
  • 85816: Rappold
  • 85817: St. Clair
  • 85818: Chung
  • 85819: Zietsman
  • 85820: St. Clair
  • 85821: Cerezo
  • 85822: Zachrich
  • 85823: Klaus
  • 85824: Cerezo
  • 85825: Zachrich
  • 85826: Rappold
  • 85827: Chung
  • 85828: Iliescu
  • 89557: Hammer
  • 89558: Hammer
  • 89559: Cerezo
  • 89560: St. Clair