
Math 342A  Methods of Applied Mathematics 



San Diego State University  This page last updated 01Oct04 
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Course Information for Math 342A
Joseph Mahaffy
Professor, Biomathematics 

Lectures: 11:0011:50 MWF in GMCS 308  Office phone: 6195943743 
Office Hours: TTh 910, M 121, W 12  Fax: 6195946746 
Office location: GMCS 593  Email: mahaffy@math.sdsu.edu 
Methods of Applied Mathematics
This course is designed to provide a variety of mathematical techniques for the Physical Sciences. The first semester is divided fairly evenly between sections on Vector Calculus and Functions, Linear Algebra and Matrices, and Elementary Differential Equations. The second semester continues techniques of differential equations, introduces special functions, has some complex variables, teaches transform methods, and shows some techniques for partial differential equations.
The text for this course is Mathematical Methods for Scientists and Engineers by Donald McQuarrie (available at the bookstore). The course will begin at Chapter 5 in the text and follow the text fairly closely. A downloadable syllabus for this course is available (soon), but subject to change as time and needs occur during the semester. Throughout the semester, I will be using Maple, a symbolic math language, and MatLab. So there will be a component of this course, learning to use the computer as a tool to solve problems. For those interested, you might want to consider taking the 1 unit workshops on Maple and MatLab listed under Math 241. There is information on the Lecture supplemental page on how to get free access to Maple from home.
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