# Differential Equation

A differential equation is an equation that involves the derivatives of a function as well as the function itself.

Differential equation is a college-level concept that would be first encountered in a differential equations course. It is an Advanced Placement Calculus AB topic.

### Examples

Ordinary Differential Equation: | An equality involving a function and its derivatives. |

Partial Differential Equation: | A partial differential equation is an equation involving a function and its partial derivatives. |

### Prerequisites

Derivative: | A derivative is the infinitesimal rate of change in a function with respect to one of its parameters. |