Math 515

Partial Differential Equations, Spring 2014

Basic Information

Instructor: Ari Stern
Office: Cupples I, 211B
Office Hours: TuTh 10:30am-12pm


Lectures will be held MWF 10-11am in Rudolph Hall 102. The first class will be on Monday, January 13, and the last will be on Friday, April 25. Class will be canceled for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (Monday, January 20) and Spring Break (week of March 9-15).

Homework Assignments

Problem sets will be posted here approximately weekly, and will be collected at the beginning of class on the due date. You are encouraged to discuss the homework with your fellow students, and to collaborate on problems, but your final write-up must be your own. Please make sure that your solutions are written clearly and legibly. (Typing up solutions in LaTeX is encouraged, and is valuable practice for mathematical writing later in your career.)

Final Project

In lieu of exams, each student will give a final presentation on a topic in nonlinear PDEs. A short summary (1-2 pages) of the proposed topic is due Wednesday, March 26. Final presentations will be given in class during the final week of the term.


Grades will be based on a weighted average of homework (50%, lowest score dropped), final project proposal (10%), and final presentation (40%).

Required and Supplemental Texts

The required textbook for this course is Partial Differential Equations, by Lawrence C. Evans (second edition, AMS, 2010). Evans maintains a list of errata [pdf] for this text.

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