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MA455A: Partial Differential Equations (Fall 2017)

Calendar Description

Hyperbolic, parabolic and elliptic differential equations; boundary value problems of applied mathematics including such partial differential equations as the heat equation, the wave equation and Laplace’s equation. Techniques will include separation of variables, canonical transformations and integral transform methods.


MA104 or MA200, MA201 and MA205, and a 0.5 MA credit at the 300 level.


Professor Shengda Hu (PhD)
Office location: LH3036 (Lazaridis Hall)
Office hours: Monday, Thursday 8:30 a.m. - 9:20 a.m., Wednesday 10:30 a.m. - 11:20 a.m., or email for an appointment.
Email: shu@wlu.ca
Telephone: x2223


Monday, Wednesday and Friday 9:30 a.m. - 10:20 a.m. in BA112 (Bricker Academic Building)


Peter J. Olver, Introduction to Partial Differential Equations, Springer, 2014.


Materials related to this course and the full course outline will be posted on the MA455 MyLearningSpace website. You are responsible for checking here on a regular basis for important announcements.


A final mark out of 100 will be calculated as follows:

  • Assignments (Four sets, submitted on Wednesday of weeks 4, 7, 10, 13): 20%
  • Midterm Test (Friday, Nov. 3, 2017, in class): 35%
  • Final Exam (Cumulative, 2.5 hours, exact date, time and location to be announced): 45%

The final mark will be reported as a letter grade in accordance with the conversion table of the current undergraduate calendar.

This document is a summary of the course outline for MA455 and is provided for the convenience of students.