Math 342A - Methods of Applied Mathematics
Fall Semester, 2004
Course Information for Math 342A

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Course Information for Math 342A

Joseph Mahaffy
Professor, Biomathematics
Lectures: 11:00-11:50 MWF in GMCS 308 Office phone: 619-594-3743
Office Hours: TTh 9-10, M 12-1, W 1-2 Fax: 619-594-6746
Office location: GMCS 593 E-mail:

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.

This page serves as an introduction to this website.

  1. The Homework Assignments will be updated regularly and listed on the Homework Assignment Page.
  2. There will be 3 Exams and a Final, and more information about the grading policy can be found of the Exam and Grading Page.
  3. If need arises for special material, then a Supplemental Index to the Lectures will be provided.