Methods of Applied Math I

Math 761: Methods of Applied Math I

Days & Times       Room    Instructor      Meeting Dates
TR 4:30-5:45pm     AB206   Eric Olson      Aug 24 to Dec 8 2020

Course Information

Eric Olson
ejolson at unr edu
Through Zoom and by appointment.

Required Texts:
Michael Shearer and Rachel Levy, Partial Differential Equations: An Introduction to Theory and Applications, Princeton University Press, March 1, 2015.


[20-Jun-2020] Textbook

We will be using the book Partial Differential Equations: An Introduction to Theory and Applications by Shearer and Levy as the primary reference in our course. This book is We will cover chapters 1 through 9 including the topics
  1. Linear PDEs.
  2. Cauchy-Kovaleskaya Theorem.
  3. The Methods of Characteristics.
  4. Conservation Laws and Shocks.
  5. Energy and Uniqueness of Solutions.
  6. The Maximum Principle.
  7. Duhamel's Principle.
  8. Separation of Variables.
  9. Eigenfunctions for an ODE.
  10. Convergence of Fourier Series.
  11. Laplace's Equation.
  12. Harmonic Functions.
  13. Boundary Value Problems.
  14. Green's Functions.


    1 Midterm                 30 points
    4 Homework Assignments    20 points each
    1 Final Exam              30 points
      Participation           10 points
                             150 points total

This is an upper-division mathematics class class.  Exams and quizzes
will be interpreted according to the following grading scale:

    Grade        Minimum Percentage
      A                 85 %
      B                 70 %
      C                 60 %
      D                 50 %

The instructor reserves the right to give +/- grades and higher grades
than shown on the scale if he believes they are warranted.

Final Exam

The final exam will be held on XXXXXX, XXXXXXXX XX from XX:XX-X:XXpm in XXXXX.

Equal Opportunity Statement

The Mathematics Department is committed to equal opportunity in education for all students, including those with documented physical disabilities or documented learning disabilities. University policy states that it is the responsibility of students with documented disabilities to contact instructors during the first week of each semester to discuss appropriate accommodations to ensure equity in grading, classroom experiences and outside assignments.

Academic Conduct

Bring your student identification to all exams. Work independently on all exams and quizzes. Behaviors inappropriate to test taking may disturb other students and will be considered cheating. Don't talk or pass notes with other students during an exam. Don't read notes or books while taking exams given in the classroom. We will work on the programming assignments as a team--please turn in individually prepared reports. Homework may be discussed freely. If you are unclear as to what constitutes cheating, please consult with me.
Last updated: Sat Jun 20 13:37:36 PDT 2020