Instructor: Professor Andrew Belmonte
Contact info: 302 McAllister Building, telephone: 865-2491, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Office hours: Wednesdays 3:30-4:30, and by appointment.
Class location: 104 McAllister Bldg.
Prerequisites: Math 230 or 231; Math 250 or 251.
Web Page: http://www.math.psu.edu/belmonte/math412.html
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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
The material we will cover can be divided into three topics:
I. The physical origins of PDEs
II. PDEs on unbounded domains
III. PDEs on bounded domains
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
Midterm I:   Monday, October 16th (in class).
Midterm II:   Monday, November 20th (in class).
Final Exam:   Wednesday, December 13th, 2:30-4:20 p.m.