Math 3150-002 Partial Differential Equations for Engineers

Christopher Cashen, Ph.D.
Email: cashen AT math * utah *edu
Office: JWB 126
Web page:
Office Hours: TBD

Time: MW 8:35-09:25
Location: LS 102

MATH 2250 and either 1260 or 2210.

Partial Differential Equations with Fourier Series and Boundary Value Problems, second edition by Nakhlé H. Asmar.

There are also supplements to the book, including a Student Solution Manual, on the author's webpage.

Fourier Series, wave equation, heat equation, Laplace's equation, Fourier transform. In the text: Chapters 1, 2.1-4, 3.1-9, 4.1-4, 7.1-4

Course announcements may be made via email. You are responsible for monitoring your University assigned email address. You are also responsible for monitoring the course webpage. Homework assignments will appear on the course webpage, they will not be announced in class. Some homework assignments will require you to use a computer mathematics program and print your results. This can be achieved using Maple in the computer lab in the Math Learning Center.

Quality of Work:
You are expected to conduct yourself in a professional manner. This includes classroom etiquette, email correspondence, and written submissions (homeworks, quizzes and exams).

Anything that you submit should be neat, legible, and clearly written.

There will be weekly homework assignments. Homework will be due Wednesdays at 3pm. Late homework will not be accepted. You may submit homework to me personally in class or during office hours, or put it in my mailbox, on the main floor of JWB. You may also email scanned or typed assignments. However, be aware that email does not always transmit instantaneouly. Your email must be received by 3:00. Also, do not send attachments in proprietary formats unless so directed. You may work together to solve homework problems, but the write-ups must be independent.

Each problem should be formatted:
Problem number and statement of the problem.
Argument leading to the solution.
Space between problems.

Your submissions should look nice: no ragged spiral notebook edges, no messy erasures, etc. You should be submitting your final draft, not your first draft. You will probably have to write more than one.

If you fail to follow these instructions your assignment will be rejected.

Midterm Exams:
There will be three midterms.
Exam 1: Monday, September 21 on 1.1-2 , 2.1-4
Exam 2: Wednesday, October 21 on 3.1-6
Exam 3: Monday, November 23 on 3.7-9, 4.1-4

Final Exam:
There will be a mandatory final exam on Wednesday, December 16 from 8am to 10am. The final exam will be comprehensive. The final will be in the usual classroom.

Homework 25%, Midterm 3 @ 15%, Final 30%

For Additional Help:
Tutoring Lab: T. Benny Rushing Mathematics Student Center
Private Tutoring: University Tutoring Services
There is also a list of tutors at the Math Department office, JWB 233

Students with Disabilities:

The University of Utah seeks to provide equal access to its programs, services and activities for people with disabilities. If you will need accommodations in the class, reasonable prior notice needs to be given to the Center for Disability Services, 162 Olpin Union Building, 581-5020 (V/TDD). CDS will work with you and the instructor to make arrangements for accommodations.

All written information in this course can be made available in alternative format with prior notification to the Center for Disability Services.

This syllabus is subject to change. You will be notified of any changes via email.