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UA Course Catalog Prerequisites:
MATH 238 and MATH 486 or permission of instructor
Math 541, and Math 486 or 586
Course Description and Credit Hours
This is an introductory course in partial differential equations. It covers the theory, methods of solution as well as applications related to the three main equations of mathematical physics, namely the Laplace’s equation, the heat equation and the wave equation. This course serves as the second part of the sequence for the qualifying exam in partial differential equations.
This is an introductory course in partial differential equations. It covers the classical theory of the three important second order partial differential equations (Laplace's equation, the heat equation, and the wave equation), and the basic theory of nonlinear first order partial differential equations, especially conservation laws. This course serves as the second part of the sequence for the qualifying exam in partial differential equations.
This course is taught completely online via zoom meetings. The zoom info will be posted on blackboard. All students are required to attend every lecture, unless pre-approved by the instructor.
During the zoom meetings, all students are required to turn on their videos, and show their faces.
Office Hours: via Zoom and by appointment.
Required Texts from UA Supply Store:
- EVANS (RENTAL) / (RENTAL) PARTIAL DIFFERENTIAL EQUATIONS (V19)* (RENTAL)
- EVANS / PARTIAL DIFFERENTIAL EQUATIONS (V19)* (Required)
- EVANS / (eBook) Partial Differential Equations (E - Book)
Student Learning Outcomes
Students will solve the Laplace and Poisson equations using various techniques.
Students will analyze properties of harmonic functions.
Students will solve the heat and wave equations and analyze their properties.
Students will solve first order partial differential equations using the method of characteristics.
Students will analyze properties of conservation laws.
If time permits, students will analyze properties of some other nonlinear PDEs.
Other Course Materials
Outline of Topics
Chapter 2. Four important linear PDE
Chapter 3. Nonlinear first order PDE
Chapter 4. Other ways to represent solutions
Exams and Assignments
ASSIGNMENTS: Homework will be assigned weekly. Students should scan and email their homework to the instructor.
EXAMS: There will be one midterm test and a comprehensive final exam.
Exams will be online. Students need to have a desktop or laptop computer with camera. I will email students the exams 10 minutes before the start time, and I will give them 10 minutes after the end time, for them to scan and email their solutions to me. During the exams, students need to keep zoom on, with video on. The video should capture the student's face. The exam will be recorded.
It is the students' responsibility to find the best way for them to scan and email documents. My suggestion is to use their smart phones and some apps. In my experience for iPhones, the built-in Notes app works great. I have no experience with Android phones.
Midterm: March 17, Wednesday 10:00-10:50 in class
Final Exam: April 27, Tuesday 11:30-2:00.
Grades will be determined by homework (20%), midterm test (40%), and the final examination (40%).
Policy on Missed Exams and Coursework
A makeup exam may be given in the following cases subject to verification: a serious illness or medical emergency, a University-sponsored event, a religious event, a family emergency, or recalled to active military duty. A makeup exam should be scheduled at least one week in advance, unless it is due to emergency situations. You must email the documentation either before the exam or as soon as you return to class.
Students who miss the final will be given an incomplete and the date for completing the final will be agreed upon by the instructor and student, but at a date no later than the first week of Fall semester, 2021.
There will be no extensions of the deadline for homework, unless in the same situations that grant makeup exams.
Attendance is required.
Notification of Changes
The instructor will make every effort to follow the guidelines of this syllabus as listed; however, the instructor reserves the right to amend this document as the need arises. In such instances, the instructor will notify students in class and/or via email and will endeavor to provide reasonable time for students to adjust to any changes.
Department of Mathematics Academic Misconduct Policy
- During tests you may only use a calculator that has been specifically approved by the instructor. Using or being in possession of an unauthorized calculator will be considered academic misconduct.
- Taking a test for another student will be treated as academic misconduct by both parties. In particular, showing an instructor a fake ID or another student’s ACT card will be treated as academic misconduct.
- Receiving or providing assistance of any kind during an exam will be treated as academic misconduct by both parties.
- Cellphones must be turned completely off and placed with other belongings on the floor. All watches must be taken off and put away. DO NOT put your phone or watch in your lap or on your chair or desk. Physically holding or concealing on your person a phone, watch or other unauthorized technological device (including but not limited to headsets, earphones, earbuds, microphones, cameras, or scanning pens) will be treated as academic misconduct.
- If you are seen using an unauthorized device, the instructor may request that you turn it over. It will be returned at the end of the exam. However, the instructor does not have to request your device in order to charge you with academic misconduct.
- If for any reason you must have access to your phone while taking a test, you must inform an instructor prior to accessing your phone. The instructor must be present while you use the phone. Failure to do so will be treated as academic misconduct.
- If necessary, scratch paper will be provided. No other paper is allowed; being in possession of any unauthorized papers will be treated as academic misconduct.
- You may review your test before leaving the exam. You may not photograph your exam or write down or copy any information pertaining to the test, nor may you share any information about the test with anyone by any means. This includes sharing information by word of mouth, written correspondence, electronic device or any type of social media. Providing information about the test to other students will be treated as academic misconduct. Also, having in your possession information about any test prior to the test that was not given to you by the instructor will be treated as academic misconduct.
- You may not leave your place during a test for any reason. This includes getting water or going to the restroom. You must take care of these things before the start of the test. If you leave your test without permission, your test will be collected and you will not be allowed to continue working on it.
- Interrupting the exam or creating a disturbance to cause a distraction during the exam will be treated as academic misconduct.
- In order to enforce these rules, an instructor may require you to do any of the following. Failure to comply will be treated as academic misconduct.
- Remove hats, hoods, scarves, or other head coverings.
- Remove bulky coats, sweaters or other over-garments.
- Roll up sleeves.
- Remove anything seen in your ears or on your person.
- Empty your pockets and display the contents.
- Sit in assigned seats prior to the start of the exam.
- Require you to move to a new seat during the exam.
If you wear a hat, head covering or long-sleeved garment for religious reasons, the instructor may still request to examine under them. If you would prefer to have this done privately, or by an instructor or staff member of the same sex, you will be accommodated. To ensure accommodation, you must discuss this with your instructor prior to the test.
If you use a hearing aid or other adaptive technology that could be mistaken for an earbud or other unauthorized electronic device, please notify your instructor prior to the test. You may be asked to provide documentation of your need to use such a device.
MTLC Specific Policies
- In the MTLC, you may only use either the Casio fx-SOLAR SCHOOL or the Casio fx-260 SOLAR II.
- In the MTLC, swiping another student’s ACT card will be treated as academic misconduct.
- In the MTLC having any other website other than the test open during a test will be treated as academic misconduct.
- In the MTLC, if you leave your computer during a test without permission, your exam will be closed and you will forfeit any remaining exam time.
Statement on Academic Misconduct
Students are expected to be familiar with and adhere to the official Academic Misconduct Policy provided in the Online Catalog.
Statement On Disability Accommodations
Contact the Office of Disability Services (ODS) as detailed in the Online Catalog.
Severe Weather Protocol
Please see the latest Severe Weather Guidelines in the Online Catalog.
Pregnant Student Accommodations
Title IX protects against discrimination related to pregnancy or parental status. If you are pregnant and will need accommodations for this class, please review the University’s FAQs on the UAct website.
Under the Guidelines for Religious Holiday Observances, students should notify the instructor in writing or via email during the first two weeks of the semester of their intention to be absent from class for religious observance. The instructor will work to provide reasonable opportunity to complete academic responsibilities as long as that does not interfere with the academic integrity of the course. See full guidelines at Religious Holiday Observances Guidelines.
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