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In the following module, you will learn the mathematics behind differential equations—specifically those describing exponential and logistic growth. You will also study a system of differential equations describing an infectious disease.

The module is divided into three sections: Exponential Growth, Logistic Growth and Infectious Disease. Each section contains a few pages. Please read and complete the activities on each page before moving on to the next.

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