• Offered by Department of Mathematics
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Course subject Mathematics
  • Areas of interest Mathematics
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Linda Stals
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2015
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In physics, economics and engineering, we frequently encounter quantities (for example energy) that depend on many variables (such as position, velocity, temperature). Usually this dependency is expressed through a partial differential equation, and solving these equations is important for understanding these complex relationships.


In this course we will study first and second order partial differential equations. The solution methods studied in this course will include the method of characteristics, separation of variables, Fourier series and Fourier transforms.


This course will be useful for majors in economics, mathematical finance, engineering and physics. We will illustrate the theory with examples from these disciplines.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

On satisfying the requirements of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

1. Apply a range of techniques to find solutions of standard Partial Differential Equations (PDE)

2. Understand basic properties of standard PDE's.

3. Demonstrate accurate and efficient use of Fourier analysis techniques and their applications in the theory of PDE's.

4. Demonstrate capacity to model physical phenomena using PDE's (in particular using the heat and wave equations).

5. Apply problem-solving using concepts and techniques from PDE's and Fourier analysis applied to diverse situations in physics, engineering, financial mathematics and in other mathematical contexts.

Indicative Assessment

Assessment will be based on:

  • Assignments (30%; LO 1-5)
  • Mid Semester (25%; LO 1-5)
  • Final examination (45%; LO 1-5)

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Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have successfully completed MATH2305 or MATH2405. You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed MATH2406.

Majors

Specialisations

Fees

Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
2
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $3096
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $4146
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
1783 20 Jul 2015 07 Aug 2015 31 Aug 2015 30 Oct 2015 In Person N/A

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