May 19, 2024  
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog 
    
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog

MATH 542 - Elements of Partial Differential Equations


Theory of partial differential equations emphasizing the basic nature of solutions of hyperbolic, parabolic, and elliptic equations as represented, respectively, by the wave, heat, and Laplace equations. Solution techniques covered include the method of characteristics, separation of variables, generalized eigenfunction expansions, and the Fourier integral and transform. Theoretical approaches are presented for the following topics: convergence and uniform convergence of Fourier series, Bessel’s inequality, Green’s identities, Sturm-Liouville theory, uniqueness of solutions, existence of fundamental solutions, and the maximum principle.

Prerequisites & Notes
PRQ: MATH 232, MATH 240, and MATH 336; or consent of department.

Credits: 3