**Instructor:** Jon Wilkening

**Lectures:** MWF 10-11 AM, 4 Evans

**Course Control Number:** 54245

**Office:** 1051 Evans

**Office Hours:** Monday 4-5 PM, Wed 2:15-3:45 PM

**Prerequisites:** Math 53 and 54 or equivalent

**Required Text:** * Partial Differential Equations, An Introduction *,
Walter Strauss

**Syllabus:** This course will cover the basic mathematical theory
of partial differential equations and describe some of the most useful
techniques that have been developed for solving them. My tentative plan
is to cover chapters 1-4, 6, 7, 9 and 14 of Strauss' book. The chapter
titles of these sections are:

- Where PDEs Come From
- Waves and Diffusion
- Reflections and Sources
- Boundary Problems
- Harmonic Functions
- Green's Identities and Green's Functions
- Waves in Space
- Nonlinear PDEs

**Course Webpage:** I will post handouts and assignments on
B-Space.
Please e-mail me if you do not have access to the B-Space page.

**Grading:**

homework: | 25% | |

Midterm 1: | 20% | Friday, Oct 5, in class |

Midterm 2: | 20% | Friday, Nov 9, in class |

Final exam: | 35% | Monday, Dec 10, 8-11 AM |

**More Details:** 11 homework assignments, 2 lowest scores
dropped. My grade cutoffs are usually around 90 A, 85 A-, 80 B+, 75
B, 70 B-, 65 C+, 60 C, 50 D. Scores on exams are often curved upward
to fit these grade boundary guidelines. Your midterm grade will be
replaced by your grade on the final if you do better on the final. If
you miss the midterm for any reason (illness, family emergency, didn't
study, etc.), the final will count for both. Homework is due at the
beginning of class. Late assignments and missed midterms cannot be
made up. Collaboration is encouraged in discussing ideas, but you are
not allowed to share written solutions of homework.