# Fall 2020 Math 53: Partial Differential Equations

### MWF: 1:10 pm to 2:15 pm

Office: Kemeny 206

Office hours: TBA
### Texts & Materials

Main textbook
W. A. Strauss, Partial Differential Equations: An Introduction
Other references include
J. D. Logan, Applied Mathematics (Chapters 6-8; easier than the main textbook)
L. C. Evans, Partial Differential Equations (graduate-level standard textbook)
V. I. Arnold, Lectures on Partial Differential Equations (for very serious students)
### Assessment & Grading

The homework and tests include problems to measure quantitative (calculation-style) and qualitative (proof-style) understanding of the materials. The grading will base on the following contributions:
Six homework assignments 25%,
Midterm 25%,
Final 40%.
Participation 10%
### Course Schedule and Topics

#### Introduction

Day 01: Introduction to PDEs (1.1)
Day 02: PDE modeling (1.2, 1.3)
Day 03: Review of ODEs, series solutions (Chapter 5 of Boyce and DiPrima, Elementary Differential Equations and Boundary Value Problems 10th ed.)
#### Classification of PDEs

Day 04: First-order equations (1.2)
Day 05: Initial and boundary conditions, well-posed problems (1.4, 1.5)
Day 06: Types of second-order equations (1.6)
#### Wave Equations

Day 07: Vibrations of a drum (1.3, 2.1); Homework 1 due
Day 08: Causality and energy (2.2)
Day 09: Reflections of waves (3.2), waves with a source (3.4)
#### Diffusion Equations

Day 10: Diffusion on the whole line (2.3, 2.4); Homework 2 due
Day 11: Diffusion on the half-line (3.1),
Day 12: Diffusion with a source (3.3); Homework 3 due
#### Boundary Value Problems

Day 13: Separation of variables, boundary conditions (4.1)
Day 14: Fourier transforms - orthogonality and completeness (5.1, 5.3, 5.4)
Day 15: Laplace's equation, Poisson's equation (6.1, 6.2, 6.3)
#### Eigenvalue Problems

Day 16: Computation of eigenvalues (11.2, 11.3)
Day 17: Symmetric differential operators (11.4)
Day 18: Asymptotics of eigenvalues (11.6)
#### Distributions and Weak Formulation

Day 19: Green's functions (7.1, 7.2, 7.3)
Day 20: Distributions (12.1, 12.2); Homework 4 due
Day 21: Weak solutions, FEM (8.5)
#### Function Spaces

Day 22: Hilbert space
Day 23: Lax-Milgram theorem
Day 24: Banach space; Homework 5 due
#### Abstract Formulation

Day 25: Second-order elliptic equations
Day 26: Second-order linear evolution equations
Day 27: Semigroup theory
#### Review

Day 28: Review; Homework 6 due