Office Hours: Wednesday 14:00-15:00, Thursday
11:00-12:00 or by appointment.
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 28, Withdraw
deadline: March 15
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 Feb
28 (Thursday), and the take-home part will also due at the
same time (3:30pm, Feb 28). The final exam will be given on
April 30 (Tuesday) 2-5pm, and the take-home part will be due
at the same time (5pm, April 30).
Homework: Homework will be assigned every week, and
it will be available from http://jxshix.people.wm.edu/schedule-math442-spring2019.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
Grading: Your final grade is calculated as follows:
Homework 40%; 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 > F
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code since at least 1779. Academic integrity is at the heart
of the university, and we all are responsible for upholding
the ideals of honor and integrity. The student-led honor
system is responsible for resolving any suspected violations
of the Honor Code, and I will report all suspected instances
of academic dishonesty to the honor system. The Student
Handbook (www.wm.edu/studenthandbook) includes your
responsibilities as a student. Your full participation and
observance of the Honor Code is expected. To read the Honor
Code, see www.wm.edu/honor
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and university policy. Any student who feels they may need
an accommodation based on the impact of a learning,
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