MATH304 Partial Differential Equations
Differential equations are a fundamental mathematical tool for the study of systems that are either in equilibrium or change over time, and are used in most areas of science, engineering, and mathematics. This paper gives an introduction to the theory of partial differential equations by discussing the main examples (Laplace's equation, Poisson's equation, transport equation and wave equation) and their applications.
This paper is particularly relevant for students majoring in mathematics, statistics, zoology, economics, design or any other field where the natural world is being modelled by differential equations.
MATH 202 (Linear Algebra), MATH 203 (Calculus of Several Variables), COMO 204 (Ordinary Differential Equations).
The paper will cover the following topics:
- Laplace's equation and Poisson's equation (harmonic functions, mean value theorem for harmonic functions, maximum principle, Green's function, boundary value problem)
- The transport equation (initial value problem, characteristics)
- The wave equation (d'Alembert formula, energy methods, domain of dependence, finite propagation speed, initial boundary value problem)
- Non-linear first order PDE (characteristics, shocks)
Dr Florian Beyer, room 218.
There will be five marked assignment, five unmarked assignments and a midterm test.
Lecture Notes: Will be made available chapter by chapter during the semester on the resource webpage. These lecture notes are the main reference for this paper.
Book: Partial differential equations / Lawrence C. Evans (soon on course reserve in the library).
A good book on ordinary differential equations can be downloaded here for free (if you are on the university network).
Your final mark F in the paper will be calculated according to this formula:
F = 0.2A + 0.2T + 0.6E
- E is the Exam mark
- A is the Assignments mark
- T is the Tests mark
and all quantities are expressed as percentages.
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