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Do you want a rigorous book that remembers where PDEs come from and what they look like? This highly visual introduction to linear PDEs and initial/boundary value problems connects the math to physical reality, all the time providing a rigorous mathematical foundation for all solution methods. Readers are gradually introduced to abstraction – the most powerful tool for solving problems – rather than simply drilled in the practice of imitating solutions to given examples. The book is therefore ideal for students in mathematics and physics who require a more theoretical treatment than given in most introductory texts. Also designed with lecturers in mind, the fully modular presentation is easily adapted to a course of one-hour lectures, and a suggested 12-week syllabus is included to aid planning. Downloadable files for the hundreds of figures, hundreds of challenging exercises, and practice problems that appear in the book are available online, as are solutions.Read more
- Online resources include full-colour and three-dimensional illustrations, practice problems and complete solutions for instructors
- Includes a suggested twelve-week syllabus and lists recommended prerequisites for each section
- Contains nearly 400 challenging theoretical exercises
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'I love this bare-handed approach to PDEs. Pivato has succeeded in creating a deeply engaging introductory PDE text; confidence building hands-on work and theory are woven together in a way that appeals to the intuition. Add to that the truly reasonable price, and you have the hands down winner in the field of introductory PDE books. The next time I teach introductory PDEs, I will use Pivato's new text.' Kevin R. Vixie, Washington State UniversitySee more reviews
'… the framework of its content is clear and firm … extensive and insightful analysis of issues regarding … different systems of coordinates … an excellent reference for anyone concerned with scientific, informational, or research subjects … The book gives the student most that one could require or even imagine.' Contemporary Physics
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- Date Published: January 2010
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9780521136594
- length: 630 pages
- dimensions: 245 x 173 x 27 mm
- weight: 1.22kg
- contains: 150 b/w illus. 380 exercises
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
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Suggested twelve-week syllabus
Part I. Motivating Examples and Major Applications:
1. Heat and diffusion
2. Waves and signals
3. Quantum mechanics
Part II. General Theory:
4. Linear partial differential equations
5. Classification of PDEs and problem types
Part III. Fourier Series on Bounded Domains:
6. Some functional analysis
7. Fourier sine series and cosine series
8. Real Fourier series and complex Fourier series
9. Mulitdimensional Fourier series
10. Proofs of the Fourier convergence theorems
Part IV. BVP Solutions Via Eigenfunction Expansions:
11. Boundary value problems on a line segment
12. Boundary value problems on a square
13. Boundary value problems on a cube
14. Boundary value problems in polar coordinates
15. Eigenfunction methods on arbitrary domains
Part V. Miscellaneous Solution Methods:
16. Separation of variables
17. Impulse-response methods
18. Applications of complex analysis
Part VI. Fourier Transforms on Unbounded Domains:
19. Fourier transforms
20. Fourier transform solutions to PDEs
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