Math 415: Partial Differential Equations

Lecture: Tuesday and Thursday, 11:30 am - 1:00 pm in Cupples 2 L001

Instructor: Michael Hartz,, Cupples 1 Room 107A.

Office Hours: Monday 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm, Wednesday 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm, and by appointment

Textbook: Partial Differential Equations, An Introduction (second edition) by Walter A. Strauss

Prerequisites: Math 217 and Math 309

Content: I plan to cover the first six chapters of the textbook.

Exams: There will be one midterm and one final:
Midterm: Tuesday, October 11, in class
Final: December 19, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Homework: There will be weekly homework, due on Thursday at the beginning of class. All but your worst homework will count towards your homework grade.

Grading Scheme: Homework: 30%, Midterm: 30%, Final: 40%.

Collaboration: You are allowed to discuss homework problems with other students provided that you have already made a serious attempt to solve the problem yourself. You must write up your solution on your own.

Academic Integrity: All students are expected to adhere to the University's academic integrity policy.


Assignment 1 due Thursday, September 8
Assignment 2 due Thursday, September 15
Assignment 3 due Thursday, September 22
Assignment 4 due Thursday, September 29
Assignment 5 due Thursday, October 6
Assignment 6 due Tuesday, October 25
Assignment 7 due Thursday, November 3
Assignment 8 due Thursday, November 10
Assignment 9 due Thursday, November 17
Assignment 10 due Thursday, December 1
Assignment 11 due Thursday, December 8

Other material

Mark Kac, "Can one hear the shape of a drum?"
Animation of drums
Partial sums of the Fourier sine series of the constant function 1