Introduction to Partial Differential Equations

Animated image of spherical waves coming from a point source.

Spherical waves coming from a point source. The solution of the initial-value problem for the wave equation in three space dimensions can be obtained from the solution for a spherical wave. (Image by Oleg Alexandrov on Wikimedia, including MATLAB source code.)


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Fall 2011



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This course introduces three main types of partial differential equations: diffusion, elliptic, and hyperbolic. It includes mathematical tools, real-world examples and applications.

Speck, Jared . 18.152 Introduction to Partial Differential Equations, Fall 2011. (MIT OpenCourseWare: Massachusetts Institute of Technology), (Accessed). License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA

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