Course Information
Instructor  Dr. Changhui Tan 
Lectures  Tu Th 1:15pm  2:30pm, at LeConte 310 
Office  LeConte 422 
Office Hours  Tu Th 11:00am  12:00pm, or by appointment 
Textbooks  Walter A. Strauss, Partial Differential Equations: An Introduction. (ISBN: 9780470054567) 
References  Lawrence C. Evans, Partial Differential Equations. (ISBN: 9780821849743) 
J. David Logan, Applied Partial Differential Equations. (ISBN: 9783319124933) 
Course Description
 A partial differential equation (PDE) is an equation that contains unknown multivariable functions and their partial derivatives. PDEs can be used to describe a wide variety of phenomena such as sound, heat, electrostatics, electrodynamics, fluid flow, elasticity, or quantum mechanics. In this course, we will address many of the mathematical issues on various types of PDEs. We will also discuss boundary value problems on PDE, and related applications in physics and other natural sciences. A brief outline of topics to be covered is as follows.
 List of Topics:
 An introduction to PDEs and associated applications.
 Firstorder linear and nonlinear PDE:
 Linear transport equations, the Burgers equation, and other firstorder nonlinear PDE.
 Local existence theory on initial/boundary value problems of firstorder PDE.
 Method of characteristics.  Secondorder linear PDE, 3 basic equations:
 The wave equation and the heat equation (diffusion).
 Boundary conditions, the Fourier method.
 The Laplace equation: fundamental solution, Green's function in unbounded and bounded domains.  Other selected topics will be covered if time permits.
Homework Assignments
 Homework assignments will be assigned and collected each week. The tentative due date is on Tuesday in class.
 The homework is not pledged. You are encouraged to discuss the problems. However, each student is responsible for the final preparation of his/her own homework papers.
 Last update: 1/22, Homework 1 is available. It is due on Tuesday 1/29 in class.
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Exams
 There will be a 75 minutes inclass midterm exam. The tentative date will be on March 5th.
 There will be a 150 minutes takehome final exam.
 In both exams, you can use the textbook, your own lecture notes, and your own homework assignments. Other communications and help are not allowed.
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Grades
 Your grade is distributed as below:

Class Participation » 10% Homework » 40% Midterm exam » 20% Final exam » 30%
Contact Information
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