Linear Partial Differential Equations

Matlab plot showing time evolution of a temperature distribution.

Time evolution of the temperature distribution u(x,t) on a semi-infinite rod whose end (at x=0) is kept at 0. Initially (t=0), the temperature of the rod is 1 between x=0.5 and x=1.5, and is zero everywhere else. (Image by Dr. Matthew Hancock.)


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Fall 2006



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This course covers the classical partial differential equations of applied mathematics: diffusion, Laplace/Poisson, and wave equations. It also includes methods and tools for solving these PDEs, such as separation of variables, Fourier series and transforms, eigenvalue problems, and Green's functions.

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Matthew Hancock. 18.303 Linear Partial Differential Equations, Fall 2006. (Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare), (Accessed). License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA

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