School of Mathematics School of Mathematics
Course 419 - Partial Differential Equations 2008-09 (JS & SS Mathematics
SS Theoretical Physics )
Lecturer: Dr. John Stalker

Requirements/prerequisites: 216

Duration: 19 weeks

Number of lectures per week: 3

Assessment: Assignments will count for 10% of the mark for 419.

End-of-year Examination: 3-hour annual examination in May/June (will count for 90the mark).


More or less everything worth describing can be described by partial differential equations. While there is not much useful that one can say about partial differential equations in general, one can say a fair amount about broad classes of partial differential equations, and a great deal about some particular partial differential equations. Luckily these include the differential equation most relevant to physics.

The course will cover standard introductory material from the theory of partial differential equations. The approach will be fairly standard, except that I will emphasise the role of symmetry groups somewhat more than is usual.

Textbooks: The text for the course is Partial Differential Equations, An Introduction by Walter Strauss. You don't need to buy it immediately, but you should do so eventually.

Dec 10, 2008

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