MATH 462, PARTIAL DIFFERENTIAL EQUATIONS FOR SCIENTISTS AND ENGINEERS

SPRING, 2009

Instructor: Konstantina Trivisa:
Office: 3307 Mathematics Bldg
Phone: (301) 405-6865
Office Hours: (Spring 2009) Tuesday, Thursday 9:30-10:20am.
Email: trivisa@math.umd.edu

Introduction to the subject of partial differential equations: first order equations (linear and nonlinear), heat equation, wave equation, and Laplace equation. Examples of nonlinear equations of each type. Qualitative properties of solutions. Method of characteristics for hyperbolic problems. Solution of initial boundary value problems using separation of variables and eigenfunction expansions. Some numerical methods.

Prerequisites:
MATH 241 and MATH 246

Main Text:
Class Times: Tuesday and Thursday: 11:00am - 12:15pm.
Location: MTH B0429
Final Exam: Thursday May 14, 2009 8:00-10:00am
Miterm 1: Thursday, March 12, 2009 (in class)
Miterm 2: Tuesday, April 28, 2009 (in class)


Homework and Quizzes: Homework will be assigned once a week. There will be given approximately ten homeworks during the semester from which only the best eight homeworks will count towards your grade.


Grading (approximate):