Office Hours: TWR 14:00-15:15pm, or by
Textbook: Partial Differential Equations: An
Introduction, 2nd Edition Walter A. Strauss
of the book)
An introduction to partial differential equations. Waves,
diffusion, and boundary value problems; Fourier analysis;
harmonic functions; Greenís function and Greenís identity;
computation of solution; . Introduction to numerical methods
for approximating solutions. We will cover selected sections
from Chap 1-8, 10, 12 and 14 (and also Appendix 1-3) in the
Prerequisites: Math 111, Math 112, Math 211, Math
212/213, Math 302.
Add/drop deadline: January 26, Withdraw
deadline: March 16
Computer and Calculators: Computer demonstrations
will be given in classes sometimes. Computer software
Matlab/Mathematica (Wolfram Alpha) will be used in some
homework assignments and midterm exams.
Midterm and Final Exam: Both the midterm and the
final exam have two parts: in-class and take-home. The exams
must be completed by the students individually. Books, notes
and calculator/computers can be used in both in-class and
take-home exams. The in-class midterm will be given on March
1 (Thursday), and the take-home part will be given on same
day and it is due March 13 (Tuesday) 5pm. The final exam
will be given on May 7 (Monday) 2-5pm, and the take-home
part will be due May 7 (Monday) 5pm (and it will be given to
you on April 30, Monday).
Homework: Homework will be assigned every week, and
it will be available from http://jxshix.people.wm.edu/schedule-math442-spring2018.html.
Homework will be collected weekly and usually they are due
on Friday 5pm. You can request extension for 2 homework
without any penalty. The problems are from textbook or from
the instructors, and some problems may involve writing
simple Matlab programs. Students are encouraged to discuss
homework problems with each other or with the instructor. No
late homework will be accepted for any reason.
Math 300: Student can write an additional essay to
fulfill Math 300 requirement. You have to register for it
before Add/Drop deadline.
Attendance: Regular attendance is critical for your
success in this course. I expect your presence at every
Honor Code: Students will uphold William and Mary's
stated honor code as it is written, any infractions will be
referred to the Honor Council.
Grading: Your final grade is calculated as follows:
Midterm Exam 30% (15% in class, 15% take home)
Final Exam 30% (15% in class, 15% take home)
The letter grade is assigned using the scale:
A > 93 > A- > 90 > B+ > 87 > B >
83 > B- > 80> C+ > 77 > C > 73 > C-
> 70 > D+ > 67 > D > 63 > D- > 60