"diffy Q" vs. "D.E." for "Differential Equations"
fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Mon Sep 4 20:39:02 UTC 2000
On Mon, 4 Sep 2000, Gerald Cohen wrote:
> A retired professor of Mathematics at my campus tells me he is
> familiar with the colloquial "Diffy Q" (for "Differential Equations") only
> from our campus (University of Missouri-Rolla). Elsewhere he has heard the
> reference only as "D.E."
> He has been retired for ten years.
> I told him I would ask ADS-L about this. Can anyone help? Is
> anyone familiar with "Diffy Q" at other universities?
I think this is probably widespread. I remember it being used at MIT in
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