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Introduction to partial differential equations that arise in applied mathematics, physics, biological science, commerce, and engineering. First-order PDEs: the linear wave equation, method of characteristics, traffic flow models, wave breaking, and shocks. Second-order PDEs: Classification of PDEs and characteristic curves; parabolic, elliptic, and hyperbolic equations; initial and boundary value problems; separation of variables techniques; D'Alembert's solution; orthogonal functions and Sturm-Liouville theory; fundamental solutions and Green's functions

Summary 2021

Unit name Partial Differential Equations, Applications and Methods 3
Unit code KMA354
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Natural Sciences
Discipline Mathematics
Teaching staff

Prof A Bassom

Level Advanced
Available as student elective? Yes
Breadth Unit? No



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  • KMA252 or KME271


Teaching Pattern

3x1-hr lectures, 1-hr tutorial weekly


2-hr exam (70%), assignments (20%) and project (10%)

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