MAP 4341

Partial Differential Equations

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Professor: Dan Dreibelbis

Office: Department of Mathematics and Statistics, Building 14, Room 2709
Office Phone: 620-3718
Office Hours: TR 11:45-1:35, M 6:00-7:15, W 11:45-1:15, 6:00-7:15, or by appointment
Web Site:

Text: Partial Differential Equations, Asmar, 2nd edition

Prerequisite: MAC 2313, MAP 2302

Software: Maple (the lab currently has version 11, though it might be updated before the course is over)

Tentative List of Topics:


Homework will be assigned every week on Thursday and then collected on the following Thursday. Assignments will be listed on the web site.  The only way to learn this material is through doing lots of problems. If you don’t learn the material, then you will probably fail the exams, and thus fail the course. Moral of the story: DO THE HOMEWORK!


There will be one midterm and the final:

Midterm:          Thursday, October 14
Final:                Tuesday, December 7, 1:00-2:50

Exams will consist of an in-class portion and a take-home portion.  Exams will not be cumulative. Of course, there are no excuses for missing an exam.

Grades: The grades will be worked out as follows:

Homework:              30%
Midterm:                  35%
Final:                        35%

Important Dates:

November 11:         Veteran's Day - No class
Novebmer 25:         Thanksgiving - No class
November 5:            Last day to Withdraw

Office Hours:

My office hours are Monday and Wednesday 6:00-7:15, Tuesday and Thursday 11:45-1:35, or by appointment. Take that "by appointment" seriously: If you cannot make my scheduled office hours, I am more than willing to meet with you at other times.  I have no pity for people who did poorly in my class, but never came to talk to me outside of class. My office is Room 2709, second floor in Building 14. I am a big, big fan of office hours, you are strongly encouraged to come to visit me.

Course Disrpution Policy:

In the event of disruption of normal classroom activities due to an emergency such as hurricane, pandemic or other unforeseen event or combination of events, the format of this course may be modified in order to enable completion of the course requirements.  In that event, you will be provided an addendum to this syllabus that will supersede this version.  It is your responsibility as a student participant to be proactive during any emergency to find instructions that I will post  on the webpage and/or be sent through email as determined by the instructor as appropriate for the circumstances.