Partial Differential Equations
Spring 2008
MATH 467.01 (3 credits), Tu_Th, 1:00PM-2:15PM, Wickersham 219


A grade of C- or better in MATH 365 (Ordinary Differential Equations) is the prerequisite for this course.


Dr. Buchanan
Office: Wickersham 216, Phone: 872-3659, FAX: 871-2320
Office Hours: 10:00AM-10:50AM (MTu_ThF), or by appointment
Course URL:


The partial differential equations material in the textbook below will be supplemented with handouts generated by the instructor and Dr. Zhoude Shao.

Elementary Differential Equations and Boundary Value Problems, 8th edition, William E. Boyce and Richard C. DiPrima, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., New York, NY (2004) ISBN: 0-471-43338-5


MATH 467 provides an introduction to partial differential equations and their applications. Upon completion of this course the student will:

Course Contents:
Topics covered in this course may include the following. The material will be presented in a logical order, though not necessarily in the order shown below. Other topics will be added as time and interests allow.


Students are expected to attend all class meetings. Much of the material presented in class supplements the textbook, therefore it is very important for students to be in class every day. If you must be absent from class you are expected to complete class requirements (tests and/or homework assignments) prior to the absence. Students who miss a test should provide a valid excuse, otherwise you will not be allowed to make up the test. Tests should be made up within one week of their scheduled date. No final exam exemptions.


Students are expected to do their homework and participate in class. Homework problems will be collected frequently and graded. Complete solutions to the homework exercises will be posted on the web at the course URL.: Late homework will not be accepted without a valid excuse. In no cases will late homework be accepted after an assignment has been graded and returned to the students. In addition to the written homework there will be a course project on a topic from PDEs. The project will have a written component (a short paper) which you will hand in to me. There will also be a brief (approximately 10 minutes) public presentation of your work to other interested students during Math Awareness Week (during April 2008). You will be graded on both your written work and public presentation.


There will be two tests which are tentatively scheduled for

The final examination (Monday, May 5, 2008 from 12:30P-2:30P) will be comprehensive.

If you feel that an error was made in the grading of a test or homework assignment, you should explain the error on a separate sheet of paper and return both it and the test to me within three class periods after the test or homework is returned to you.


Course grade will be calculated as follows.

Tests 35%
Homework 35%
Project 10%
Exam 20%

I keep a record of students' test, homework, and exam scores. Students should also keep a record of graded assignments, tests, and other materials. The course letter grades will be calculated as follows. I will not ``curve'' course grades.

90-92 A$-$ 93-100 A    
80-82 B$-$ 83-86 B 87-89 B$+$
70-72 C$-$ 73-76 C 77-79 C$+$
60-62 D$-$ 63-66 D 67-69 D$+$
    0-59 F    

Course Repeat Policy

An undergraduate student may not take an undergraduate course of record more than three times. A course of record is defined as a course in which a student receives a grade of A, B, C, D, (including $+$ and $-$) F, U, Z or W. The academic department offering a course may drop a student from a course if the student attempts to take a course more than three times.1

The last day to withdraw from a course (receiving the W grade) is March 28, 2008.

Inclement Weather Policy:

If we should miss a class day due to a school closing because of weather, any activities planned for that missed day will take place the next time the class meets. For example, if a test is scheduled for a day that class is canceled on account of snow, the test will be given the next time the class meets.

Final Word:

Mathematics is not a spectator sport. What you learn from this course and your final grade depend mainly on the amount of work you put forth. Daily contact with the material through homework assignments and review of notes taken during lectures is extremely important. Organizing and conducting regular study sessions with other students in this class will help you to understand the material better.

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