MATH 412: Partial Differential Equations

Penn State University,   Fall 2000

MWF 2:30-3:20

Course # 664341

Instructor: Professor Andrew Belmonte

Contact info: 302 McAllister Building, telephone: 865-2491, email:

Office hours: Wednesdays 3:30-4:30, and by appointment.

Class location: 104 McAllister Bldg.

Prerequisites: Math 230 or 231; Math 250 or 251.

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  • Applied Partial Differential Equations, by J. D. Logan (Springer 1998), ISBN 0-387-98439-9.

  • Partial Differential Equations of Mathematical Physics and Integral Equations, by R. B. Guenther and J. W. Lee (Dover 1996), ISBN 0-486-68889-5.

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    The Course:

    Insofar as the book of nature is written in the language of mathematics (as Galileo once said), most of the sentences are partial differential equations. The purpose of this course is to introduce you to these important equations - their origins, applications, and how to solve them. In addition to being ubiquitous, many partial differential equations (PDEs) are difficult to solve. We will develop the mathematical theory of PDEs, and systematically explore several of the most well-known cases. Throughout the course I will attempt to strike a balance between the mathematical properties of the equations or their solutions, and the physical implications; in many instances your physical intuition corresponds to mathematical facts - and vice versa!

    The material we will cover can be divided into three topics:

    In addition we will cover expansions in orthogonal functions, in particular Fourier Series. These four main subjects correspond to the four chapters of Logan, which we will essentially be following.

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