Department of Mathematical Sciences, Unit Catalogue 2011/12 

Credits:  6 
Level:  Masters UG & PG (FHEQ level 7) 
Period: 
Semester 2 
Assessment:  CW 25%, EX 75% 
Supplementary Assessment:  Likeforlike reassessment (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 indepth 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. Selfadjoint secondorder 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 nonintegral constraints. 
Programme availability: 
MA50059 is Optional on the following programmes:Department of Mathematical Sciences
