Course Information

Partial differential equations (PDE) are ubiquitous in mathematics, science, engineering and physics. A brief list of applications includes diffusion of heat, propagation of waves, optimal control theory, fluid dynamics, computer vision, and image processing. This course is a rigorous graduate level introduction to partial differential equations. The first part of this course will study the three classical linear PDE: Laplace's equation, the wave equation, and the heat equation. Then we will move on to nonlinear PDE, and we will cover the method of characteristics, Hamilton-Jacobi equations, and conservation laws. In the final part of the course we will study Sobolev spaces and general techniques for second-order elliptic equations. Other topics we may touch on include Fourier and Laplace transform techniques, and separation of variables.

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Instructor Jeff Calder (Office: 1053 Evans, Email: jcalder at berkeley dot edu)
Lectures Mon, Wed, Fri, 10am-11am in 2 Evans
Office Hours Mon, Wed, Fri, 11:30am-12:30pm in 1053 Evans
Textbook Evans, L.C. Partial Differential Equations (1st or 2nd Edition)
Grades Your grade will be based on homework (20%), a midterm exam (30%), and the final exam (50%). The exams will be take-home exams and dates will be announced in the first week of classes. Homework will be assigned on a weekly basis.
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