18.303 Linear Partial Differential Equations: Analysis and Numerics


Class Info

Provides students with the basic analytical and computational tools of linear partial differential equations (PDEs) for practical applications in science and engineering, including heat/diffusion, wave, and Poisson equations. Analytics emphasize the viewpoint of linear algebra and the analogy with finite matrix problems. Studies operator adjoints and eigenproblems, series solutions, Green's functions, and separation of variables. Numerics focus on finite-difference and finite-element techniques to reduce PDEs to matrix problems, including stability and convergence analysis and implicit/explicit timestepping. Some programming required for homework and final project.

This class has 18.06, and 18.700 as prerequisites.

18.303 will be offered this semester (Fall 2017). It is instructed by S. G. Johnson.

Lecture occurs 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays in 4-159.

This class counts for a total of 12 credits.

In the Fall 2015 Subject Evaluations, 18.303 was rated 7.0 out of 7.0. You can find more information at the 18.303 Class Site site or on the 18.303 Stellar site.

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