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A Summary of Making Slope Fields

This procedure may be used to make pictures of slope fields by hand, however, a far less tedious option is to have the computer follow these steps for you.

  1. Put the differential equation in the form dy/dx = g(x,y)
  2. Decide upon what rectangular region of the plane you want to make the picture
  3. Impose a grid on this region
  4. Calculate the value of the slope, g(x,y), at each grid point, (x,y)
  5. Sketch a picture in which at each grid point there is a short line segment having the corresponding slope

Hopefully those steps make sense... Anyway, let's get back to the main introduction.

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ODE Laboratories: A Sabbatical Project by Christopher A. Barker

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