
Math 531  Partial Differential Equations 


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This page will give a complete listing of the reading and homework assignments that you are required to do. A link to WeBWorK is provide.
Week 1415: We finish Chapter 12 on the Method of Characteristics. The TakeHome Final hyperlink has the complete TakeHome Final with 8 Problems. This TakeHome Final will be due Wed., May 18 by 5 PM. HW8 Solutions, HW9 Solutions, HW10 Solutions, and HW11 Solutions are provided.
Week 13: We finish Chapter 10 on Fourier Transforms.
HW Assignment #10: 10.3.1, 10.3.5, 10.3.6, 10.4.1, 10.4.3, Computer Problem.
These problem are due Friday, May 6.
Assignments from Earlier:
Week 1: Read Chapters 1 and 2 from the text. The first
chapter introduces Partial Differential Equations and shows the
derivation of the Heat Equation. The second chapter shows separation of
variables and begins the process of solving the Heat Equation.
HW Assignment #1: Work the WeBWorK Problems, 1.2.9, 1.4.12.
These problem are due Friday, Jan. 28.
Week 2: Read Chapters 2 and 3 from the text. We
continue techniques of separation of variables and introduce Fourier
series.
HW Assignment #2: Work the WeBWorK Problems, 1.5.22, 2.2.4,
2.3.1(b,c,f), 2.3.8, 2.3.11 .
These problem are due Friday, Feb. 4.
Week 3: Read Chapters 2 and 3 from the text. We
continue techniques of separation of variables and introduce Fourier
series. HW1
Solutions are provided.
HW Assignment #3: 2.4.1, 2.4.2, Computer Problem .
These problem are due Friday, Feb. 11 .
Week 4: Continue with Chapters 2 and 3 from the text.
We continue techniques of separation of variables and introduce Fourier
series.
HW Assignment #4: Work the WeBWorK Problems, 2.5.1(d,g), 2.5.2,
2.5.6, 2.5.8(b), 2.5.10, 2.5.15(b) .
These problem are due Friday, Feb. 18.
Week 5: Read Chapter 3 from the text. We continue
Fourier series.
HW Assignment #5: Work the WeBWorK Problems, 3.3.1(c), 3.3.14,
3.4.1, 3.4.6, 3.4.11, Computer
Problem 2 .
These problem are due Friday, Feb. 25.
Week 6: Read Chapter 4 (through 4.4) and Chapter 5 from the text. We examine the Wave Equation and begin SturmLiouville Eigenvalue problems. HW2 Solutions and HW3 Solutions are provided.
HW Assignment #6: 4.2.1, 4.4.1, 4.4.3, 4.4.9, 4.4.10, 5.3.2, 5.3.3, 5.3.9, 5.4.5.
These problem are due Friday, Mar. 4.
Week 7: We continue SturmLiouville problems and start Chapter 7, higher dimensional PDEs. Read Chapters 5 and 7 from the text.
HW Assignment #7: 5.5.1(c,d), 5.5.5, 5.5.8, 5.5.11, 5.6.1, 5.8.3, 5.8.5 (for b numerically find first 5 e.v.s with h = 1 and L = 1), 5.8.8 (for c numerically find first 5 e.v.s), 5.8.11. Grades to date on HW. HW4 Solutions are provided.
These problem are due Friday, Mar. 11.
Week 8: We continue Chapter 7 with higher dimensional PDEs and Bessel's Differential Equation. There is a TakeHome Exam available, which will be due March 21 at class time. There will be an inclass exam on Wed. March 23, which will cover the same material (easier problems). The inclass exam is open book and notes, including integral tables and smart calculators. HW5 Solutions, HW6 Solutions, and HW7 Solutions are provided.
Week 9: The MidTerm Exam is on Wed. March 23. Meet in GMCS 422 for the exam. There are TakeHome Exam Solutions available. Also, there are Exam Solutions available. This exam will be open book and open notes, including integral tables and smart calculators. We continue Chapter 7 with higher dimensional PDEs, spherical problems and Legendre polynomials.
HW Assignment #8: 7.3.1 (b,d), 7.3.2a, 7.3.4a, 7.3.5, 7.5.1a, 7.5.2a, 7.7.1, 7.7.2a, 7.7.9a, 7.9.1c, 7.9.2b.
These problem are due Friday, Apr. 8.
Week 10: We finish Chapter 7 with higher dimensional PDEs (Legendre polynomials), then begin Chapter 8 on Nonhomogeneous problems.
HW Assignment #9: 7.10.1e, 7.10.2c, 7.10.8, 7.10.9a.
These problem are due Friday, Apr. 15.
Week 11: We finish Chapter 8 on Nonhomogeneous problems and may begin Chapter 10 on Fourier Transforms.
HW Assignment #10: 8.2.1b, 8.2.2b, 8.2.5, 8.3.1a, 8.4.2, 8.4.3 .
These problem are due Wednesday, Apr. 27.