Spring 2015 MATH 224B 001 LEC

Mathematical Methods for the Physical Sciences
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Additional Information: 

Prerequisites: Math 104 (analysis), Math 185 (complex analysis), Math 110 (linear algebra). 224A is not a prerequisite.

Syllabus: The course will survey basic theory and practical methods for solving the fundamental problems of mathematical physics. It is intended for graduate students in applied mathematics, physics, engineering or other mathematical sciences. The overall purpose of the course will be to develop non-numerical tools for understanding and approximating solutions of differential equations. A rough outline for 224B is:

  • Linear and Nonlinear Waves (KdV, NLS, the inverse scattering method). (refs 1-2)
  • Potential theory, integral equations, compact operators. (refs 3.4)
  • Euler equations, potential flow, water waves, conformal mapping methods, stability of traveling waves. (refs 5-6)
  • Stokes equations, Lam'e equations, weak solutions, Lax-Milgram theorem, Korn's inequality, saddle-point problems, inf-sup conditions. (refs 7-8)
  • Semigroup theory, parabolic equations, porous medium equation. (refs 9-10)
  • asymptotic behavior of solutions of ordinary differential equations, WKB theory. (refs 11-12)
  • asymptotic behavior of integrals, method of steepest descent, method of stationary phase. (ref 12)
  • asymptotics behavior of elliptic systems near corners, Mellin transform. (ref 13)
  • singular perturbation theory and boundary layer theory. (refs 14-15)

Office:  1051 Evans

Office Hours: Mon 11:10-11:55, Wed 2:15-3:30

Required Text: I will post excerpts from the following books and papers on bCourses.

Recommended Reading:

  1. G. B. Whitham, Linear and Nonlinear Waves
  2. Novikov, Manakov, Pitaevskii, Zakharov,  Theory of Solitons, The Inverse Scattering Method
  3. G. B. Folland,  Partial Differential Equations
  4. R. Kress,  Linear Integral Equations 
  5. R. S. Johnson,  A Modern Introduction to the Mathematical Theory of Water Waves
  6. Dyachenko, Kuznetsov, Spector, Zakharov, Analytic description of the fres surface dynamics of an ideal fluid, Phys. Lett. A, 221:73-79, 1996.
  7. L. C. Evans  Partial Differential Equations 
  8. D. Braess,  Finite Elements: Theory, Fast Solvers, and Applications in Solid Mechanics 
  9. Robert Richtmyer, Principles of Advanced Mathematical Physics, Volume I
  10. F. Otto,  The Geometry of Dissipative Evolution Equations: the Porous Medium Equation, Comm. Partial Diff. Eq., 26, 101-174, (2001).
  11. F. W. J. Olver,  Asymptotics and Special Functions
  12. C. Bender and S. Orszag,  Advanced Mathematical Methods for Scientists and Engineers 
  13. Kozlov, Maz'ya, Rossmann,  Elliptic Boundary Value Problems in Domains with Point Singularities 
  14. Kevorkian and Cole,  Multiple Scale and Singular Perturbation Methods 
  15. J. Neu,  Singular Perturbation Theory (unpublished notes)

Grading: 100% homework

Homework: 6-7 assignments, due roughly every two weeks. The lowest homework score will be dropped.

Course Webpage: http://math.berkeley.edu/~wilken/224B.S15, http://bcourses.berkeley.edu