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MA20223: Partial differential equations and continuum mechanics

Owning Department/School: Department of Mathematical Sciences
Credits: 6
Level: Intermediate (FHEQ level 5)
Period: Semester 2
Assessment Summary: EX 100%
Assessment Detail:
• Examination (EX 100%)
Supplementary Assessment: MA20223 Mandatory extra work (where allowed by programme regulations)
Requisites: While taking this unit you must take MA20219 and before taking this unit you must take MA10207 and take MA10208 and take MA10209 and take MA10210 and take MA20216 and take MA20218 and take MA20220
Description: Aims:
To introduce three basic classes of linear PDEs as characterised by the Laplace, heat and wave equations and the method of separation of variables for their solution. To introduce basic concepts and methods of continuum mechanics and to illustrate the significance of PDEs in this context.

Learning Outcomes:
After taking this unit, students should be able to:
* Demonstrate familiarity with the basic properties of Fourier series.
* Solve the Laplace and Helmholtz equations, the wave equation and the heat equation in simple domains using separation of variables or Laplace transform.
* Show familiarity with basic concepts and equations of continuum mechanics and be able to solve the latter in certain idealised situations involving solids and fluids.
* Write the relevant mathematical arguments in a precise and lucid fashion.

Skills:
Numeracy T/F A
Problem Solving T/F A
Written and Spoken Communication F (in tutorials).

Content:
Fourier series: Formal introduction of Fourier series, Fourier convergence theorem; Fourier cosine and sine series.
Partial differential equations: classification of linear second order PDEs; Laplace and Helmholtz equations in simple 2D and 3D domains (e.g. rectangular, circular, cylindrical); heat equation and wave equation in one space dimension; solution by separation of variables; solution of the heat equation by Laplace transform.
Continuum mechanics: deformation and flow; Lagrangian and Eulerian specifications; material time derivative, acceleration; constitutive equations; balance laws, the continuity equation, equations of motion and equilibrium; simple examples including potential flow and homogeneous deformations.
Programme availability:

MA20223 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

Department of Mathematical Sciences
• USMA-AFB13 : BSc(Hons) Mathematics (Year 2)
• USMA-AAB14 : BSc(Hons) Mathematics with Study year abroad (Year 2)
• USMA-AKB14 : BSc(Hons) Mathematics with Year long work placement (Year 2)
Department of Physics
• USXX-AFB03 : BSc(Hons) Mathematics and Physics (Year 2)
• USXX-AAB04 : BSc(Hons) Mathematics and Physics with Study year abroad (Year 2)
• USXX-AKB04 : BSc(Hons) Mathematics and Physics with Year long work placement (Year 2)
• USXX-AFM01 : MSci(Hons) Mathematics and Physics (Year 2)
• USXX-AAM01 : MSci(Hons) Mathematics and Physics with Study year abroad (Year 2)
• USXX-AKM01 : MSci(Hons) Mathematics and Physics with Year long work placement (Year 2)

MA20223 is Optional on the following programmes:

Department of Mathematical Sciences
• USMA-AFB15 : BSc(Hons) Mathematical Sciences (Year 2)
• USMA-AFB15 : BSc(Hons) Mathematical Sciences (Year 3)
• USMA-AAB16 : BSc(Hons) Mathematical Sciences with Study year abroad (Year 2)
• USMA-AAB16 : BSc(Hons) Mathematical Sciences with Study year abroad (Year 4)
• USMA-AKB16 : BSc(Hons) Mathematical Sciences with Year long work placement (Year 2)
• USMA-AKB16 : BSc(Hons) Mathematical Sciences with Year long work placement (Year 4)
• USMA-AFM14 : MMath(Hons) Mathematics (Year 2)
• USMA-AFM14 : MMath(Hons) Mathematics (Year 3)
• USMA-AAM15 : MMath(Hons) Mathematics with Study year abroad (Year 2)
• USMA-AKM15 : MMath(Hons) Mathematics with Year long work placement (Year 2)
• USMA-AKM15 : MMath(Hons) Mathematics with Year long work placement (Year 4)
• USMA-AFB01 : BSc(Hons) Mathematics and Statistics (Year 2)
• USMA-AFB01 : BSc(Hons) Mathematics and Statistics (Year 3)
• USMA-AAB02 : BSc(Hons) Mathematics and Statistics with Study year abroad (Year 2)
• USMA-AAB02 : BSc(Hons) Mathematics and Statistics with Study year abroad (Year 4)
• USMA-AKB02 : BSc(Hons) Mathematics and Statistics with Year long work placement (Year 2)
• USMA-AKB02 : BSc(Hons) Mathematics and Statistics with Year long work placement (Year 4)
• USMA-AFB05 : BSc(Hons) Statistics (Year 2)
• USMA-AFB05 : BSc(Hons) Statistics (Year 3)
• USMA-AAB06 : BSc(Hons) Statistics with Study year abroad (Year 2)
• USMA-AAB06 : BSc(Hons) Statistics with Study year abroad (Year 4)
• USMA-AKB06 : BSc(Hons) Statistics with Year long work placement (Year 2)
• USMA-AKB06 : BSc(Hons) Statistics with Year long work placement (Year 4)

Notes:
* This unit catalogue is applicable for the 2014/15 academic year only. Students continuing their studies into 2015/16 and beyond should not assume that this unit will be available in future years in the format displayed here for 2014/15.
* Programmes and units are subject to change at any time, in accordance with normal University procedures.
* Availability of units will be subject to constraints such as staff availability, minimum and maximum group sizes, and timetabling factors as well as a student's ability to meet any pre-requisite rules.