Info Sheet and Syllabus





Fall 2012: MATH 464 Transformed Methods for Scientists and Engineers

Radu Balan
  • Office hours: Thur. 2:00-3:00 pm in CSIC 4131/MATH 2308
  • Email: rvbalan at
  • Office: CSCAMM 4131 / Math 2308
  • Office phone: 301 405 1217 / 301 405 5492

Lectures: 3:30pm-4:45pm on Tue., Thr., in CSIC 4122. Except: October 10, November 6, November 8; then in CSIC 1122

Prerequisites: MATH 246

Required Textbook: "A First Course in Fourier Analysis" by David W. Kammler, Cambridge University Press 2000 (1st Edition), or 2007 (2nd Edition).

Additional References:

  • Charles L. Epstein, "Introduction to the Mathematics of Medical Imaging", SIAM 2008.
  • Elliott H. Lieb and Michael Loss, "Analysis", AMS 2001.
  • John J. Benedetto, "Harmonic Analysis and Applications", CRC Press 1996.

Description: MATH 464 is an introduction to transformed methods used in science and engineering applications. Lectures will cover topics including: Fourier transform, Fourier series, discrete and fast Fourier transform (DFT and FFT), Laplace transform, Poisson Summation, and sampling. Optional Topics: Distributions and operational calculus, PDEs, Wavelet transform, Radon transforms. Applications: Imaging, Speech Processing, PDEs of Mathematical Physics, Communications, Inverse Problems.

Assignments: Homework must be submitted on the date assigned. Homework must be prepared without consulting any other person. You may however consult any written reference. In this case you should cite the reference. Results taken from the reference should be (re)stated to the notation used in the course. Explanation should be given in complete English sentences. Written work must be legible and clear.

Exams: Two tests will be scheduled during regular classes (1h15min long). Currently, the test are scheduled for October 9 (Tuesday), 2012, 3:30pm-4:45pm, and November 13 (Tuesday), 2012, 3:30pm-4:45pm. You are allowed with one-sided cheat sheet. The final exam will be 2-hour long, and currently it is scheduled for Wednesday, December 19, 2012, 10:30am-12:30pm. For the final exam you are allowed with a two-sided cheat sheet. Final exam will take place in CSI 2118.
Review Sessions: Before each test and final exam. For more information click on Exams link at left.


  • 20%: homeworks
  • 20%: test 1
  • 20%: test 2
  • 40%: final exam
Grades statistics are posted here.