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## MA50059: Mathematical methods 2

Owning Department/School: Department of Mathematical Sciences
Credits: 6
Level: Masters UG & PG (FHEQ level 7)
Period: Semester 2
Assessment Summary: CW 25%, EX 75%
Assessment Detail:
• Coursework (CW 25%)
• Examination (EX 75%)
Supplementary Assessment: MA50059 Mandatory extra work (where allowed by programme regulations)
Requisites:
Description: Aims & Learning Objectives:
Aims:
To introduce students to the applications of advanced analysis to the solution of PDEs.
Objectives: Students should be able to obtain solutions to certain important PDEs using a variety of techniques e.g. Green's functions, separation of variables. They should also be familiar with important analytic properties of the solution. They should be able to demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the subject.

Content:
Topics will be chosen from the following: Elliptic equations in two independent variables: Harmonic functions. Mean value property. Maximum principle (several proofs). Dirichlet and Neumann problems. Representation of solutions in terms of Green's functions. Continuous dependence of data for Dirichlet problem. Uniqueness. Parabolic equations in two independent variables: Representation theorems. Green's functions. Self-adjoint second-order operators: Eigenvalue problems (mainly by example). Separation of variables for inhomogeneous systems. Green's function methods in general: Method of images. Use of integral transforms. Conformal mapping. Calculus of variations: Maxima and minima. Lagrange multipliers. Extrema for integral functions. Euler's equation and its special first integrals. Integral and non-integral constraints.
Programme availability:

#### MA50059 is Optional on the following programmes:

Department of Mathematical Sciences

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