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MA455A: Partial Differential Equations (Spring 2018)

Calendar Description

Hyperbolic, parabolic and elliptic differential equations; boundary value problems of applied mathematics including such partial differential equations as the heat equation, the weave 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: LH3036 (Lazaridis Hall)
Office Hours: Monday 9:30 a.m. - 10:20 a.m. and Wednesday 8:30 a.m. - 10:20 a.m., or by appointment via email.
E: shu@wlu.ca
Telephone: x2223


Monday and Wednesday 2:30 p.m. - 3:50 p.m. in DAWB 2-104 (Dr. Alvin Woods Building)


Students may only use the approved scientific calculator, Casio FX-300MS Plus, on course tests and the final examination. No other calculator is allowed. It is available for purchase at the campus bookstore.


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 in class on May 30, June 20, July 11, July 31): 20%
  • Midterm Test (Wednesday, June. 13, 2018, in class): 35%
  • Final Exam (Cumulative, 2.5 hours, exact date, time and location to be announced): 45%

Students must achieve a score of at least 40% of the marks available on the final examination to be eligible to pass the course. 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.