MATLAB is high-level language and interactive environment for numeric computation created by Cleve Moler in the 1970s. It was initially designed to give students access to the LINPACK and EISPACK linear algebra libraries without having to learn to code in Fortran. MATLAB has now evolved into one of the most widely used numerical computation tools for research and data visualization in math, engineering and science.
MATLAB contains a sophisticated suite of tools for solving differential equations. Though MATLAB has a learning curve for students to overcome, since it is so widely used it can be beneficial to students to learn how to use MALAB.
There are many books on how to use MATLAB to solve differential equations, but perhaps the most authoritative is Solving ODEs with MATLAB, by Shampline, Gladwell and Thompson.
Link to MATLAB at the Mathworks site: http://www.mathworks.com/products/matlab/