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Math 322 Applied Mathematical Analysis II: Spring 2018

Lecture Room: B123 Van Vleck
Lecture Time: 11:00–12:15 TuTh
Lecturer: Jean-Luc Thiffeault
Office: 503 Van Vleck
Email: jeanluc@[domainname],
where [domainname] is math point wisc point edu
Office Hours: Tue 10:00–11:00, Thu 12:30–13:15


See the official syllabus.


The textbook for the class is Applied Partial Differential Equations by Richard Haberman.

The current edition is the Fifth, but you can use earlier editions if you find them for cheaper. (Earlier edition might be missing a bit of material, so you can use the copy on reserve in the library for reference in those cases.)


Math 319 and 321.


Every two weeks or so I will assign homework from the textbook (or other sources) and post it here. The homework will be due in class about two weeks later.

homework due date problems
1 02/08 1.2: 3,5; 1.3: 1,2; 1.4: 1(bceg),2,5,10; 1.5: 1,3,5,12,18,19,22,23.
2 02/22 2.2: 2,3,4; 2.3: 1(bd),2(aceg),3(ab),4,5,7,11; 2.4: 1,2,3,4.
3 03/08 2.4: 7(b); 2.5: 1(bg),2,3(a),5(b),8(b),12; 3.3: 2(c),4,5(a),7,15

Course Policy and Grading

There will be a midterm exam and a cumulative final exam. The final grade will be computed according to:

Midterm exam30%
Final exam35%

Exam Dates

The midterm exam will be given in class on the date below.

Midterm exam Tuesday March 13, 2018 at 11:00–12:15, room Van Vleck 123 (in class)
Final exam Monday May 7, 2018 at 14:45–16:45, room TBD


We'll use Piazza Q&A for discussions about the class and related topics. Feel free to post questions and answers there about homeworks and exams, logistics, or relevant interesting things you found on the web. Note that we will only use Piazza for the Q&A feature, not for posting the actual homeworks.

Schedule of Topics

Note: there is not necessarily a one-to-one correspondence between lectures numbers and dates.

lecture date(s) sections topic
1 01/23 1.1–1.2 Heat equation
2 01/25 1.2–1.3 Heat equation (cont'd); Boundary conditions
3 01/30 1.4–1.5 Equilibrium distribution; Higher dimensions
4 02/01 1.5; 2.1–2.2 Higher dimensions (cont'd); Linearity
5 02/06 2.3 Separation of variables
6 02/08 2.3 Separation of variables (cont'd)
7 02/13 2.4 Separation of variables (cont'd)
8 02/15 2.5 Laplace's equation
9 02/20 2.5.2 Laplace's equation in a disk
10 02/22 2.5.4 Mean value theorem; Maximum Principle; Uniqueness