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Partial Differential Equations I (21732) M,W,F 9:30 10:20, Wean 8201 Ian Tice (iantice@andrew.cmu.edu) 7206

Course description: This is the first course in a two-semester sequence on partial differential equations. We will primarily be interested in three main issues: 1) the well-posedness of equations, which requires the existence and uniqueness of solutions as well as their continuous dependence on data; 2) qualitative properties of solutions; 3) explicit representation of solutions, typically via an integral or series. We will explore these issues through the study of the three canonical examples of second-order linear equations: Laplace's equation, the heat equation, and the wave equation. We will also study first order equations in both a linear and nonlinear setting. Prerequisites: Multi-variable calculus, ordinary differential equations, basic real analysis, some knowledge of Fourier series. An undergraduate PDE class is helpful but not essential. Co-requisites: Students intending to take the second semester should enroll in (if not already taken) Measure and Integration as well as Sobolev Spaces. Course requirements: There will be a midterm exam and a comprehensive final exam at the end. Homework will be assigned weekly. Late assignments will not be accepted. The grades will be weighted as follows: homework 30%, midterm 30%, final 40%. Exam dates: Midterm: October 12th, in class Final: To be announced Primary text: L. C. Evans, Partial Differential Equations Suggested secondary texts: 1) G. Folland, Introduction to Partial Differential Equations. This is a great book with a very different approach than the one used by Evans. 2) M. Taylor, Partial Differential Equations, Vol. I: Basic Theory. This is the first of a three-volume collection on PDE. It's a good place to look if you're interested in PDE and geometry. 3) W. Strauss, Partial Differential Equations: An Introduction. This is a standard undergraduate PDE book. Take a look in here if you have no experience with PDE.