MATH 580: Introduction to Applied Mathematics I

Penn State University,   Fall 2004

TR 9:45-11:00 AM

Schedule Number # 338641

Instructor: Professor Andrew Belmonte

Contact info: 004E Thomas Building, telephone: 865-2491, email:

Office hours: Wed 2-3, Thurs 2-3, and by appointment.

Class location: TUESDAY -  018 Henderson Bldg. / THURSDAY -  221 Hammond Bldg.

Grader:   Bin Zheng (

Prerequisites: differential vector calculus, linear algebra, differential equations (including separation of variables), eigenvalues, Fourier series, complex numbers. For more information, contact the instructor.

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Textbooks (required):

Additional Texts:

Updated Course Information:

  Sections of texts covered     A session focusing on Prob Sets 7, 8, and 9 will be held
FRI 12/10, 10-11 AM in 122 Thomas  

  Review of some aspects of matrix theory  

  N. Handzy's MATH 580 page     Course Syllabus     Problem Sets  

The Course:

This graduate course covers some of the techniques in applied mathematics that are not necessarily included in regular courses, but are essential to the fields of physics, chemistry, engineering, and other sciences. Its purpose is to introduce graduate students with diverse backgrounds to several fundamental ideas in applied mathematics, in order to prepare them for graduate work that involves the use of advanced mathematics.

This two semester course is the result of a collaborative effort between several departments. During the first semester the emphasis will be on the physical and mathematical notions of vectors and tensors, and also on the following unifying concepts:

Exam Schedule:

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