Math 142
Ordinary and Partial differential equation
Fall 2014-2015
MWF 2:00 PM // 159 Sloan
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Instructor: Prabath Silva, 274 Sloan, 626-395-4346
Office Hours: TBA

Course Description

A partial differential equation (PDE) is a differential equation that contains unknown multivariable functions and their partial derivatives. They are used to describe a wide variety of phenomena such as sound, heat, electrostatics, electrodynamics, fluid flow, or elasticity.

In this course, we begin by discussing three model cases in detail: the Laplace equation, the heat equation and the wave equation. We will then introduce distributions and discuss the notion of a `fundamental solution'. Finally, we introduce Sobolev spaces, investigate their properties and use them to solve general second order elliptic equation.



  • Partial Differential Equations by Lawrence C. Evans, ISBN 0-8218-0772-2
    (recommended but not required)


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