Joseph M. Mahaffy SDSU
Math 531: Partial Differential Equations Spring 2016
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Course Information for Math 531

Course Description

This course introduces students to differential equations. Computers are used for  modeling examples with MatLab, Maple, and Excel, being the primary computer tools demonstrated.

Details of the course and timelines are available on the HW Assignment page.

Math 531 - Spring 2016

Joseph Mahaffy
Professor, Biomathematics
Lectures: 13:00-13:50 in GMCS 325 Office phone: 619-594-3743
Office Hours: MW 14:00-16:00 Fax: 619-594-6746
Office location: GMCS 593 E-mail:


Math 252 and 337


Haberman: Applied Partial Differential Equations with Fourier Series and Boundary Value Problems

(Either the 4th or 5th Edition should be fine.)

or Haberman

Alternate resources (Add later)

Lab Manual (MatLab and Maple) and Lab Manual (Excel and Maple) are being developed with much of the first part completed and online.

Course Assessment and Grading

  • Grading:
    • Homework assignments, including WeBWorK (28%)
    • 2 Midterms (42%) (most likely a Take-Home exam (7%) preceding the In-Class Exam (14%))
    • Final (30%) (most likely a Take-Home final (10%) preceding the In-Class Final (20%))

The Syllabus has details on course policies.

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