Partial Differential Equations


Course Information



Lecturer: A. D. Stauffer

office: 223PS

phone: x77742





Lectures: MWF 14:30 - 15:30; 203 FC

Office Hours: MWR 12:00 - 13:00 or by appointment


Recommended Text:

Partial Differential Equations and Boundary Value Problems

Nakhle Asmar (Prentice Hall)



Required Background:



Some of the assignments will involve MAPLE programs. No previous knowledge is necessary.



Course Outline:


1. Fourier Series (Chapter 2)

2. PDEs in Rectangular Co-ordinates (Chapter 3)

3. Orthogonal Curvilinear Co-ordinate Systems (Chapter 4 plus additional material)

4. PDEs in Polar and Rectangular Co-ordinates (Chapter 4)

5. PDEs in Spherical Co-ordinates (Chapter 5)

6. Sturm-Liouville Theory (Chapter 6, sections 1 and 2)

7. Special Functions (Chapter 11, section 4 if time permits)




Marking Scheme:




Two term tests

40% (20% each)

Final exam



The term tests will be held on Friday, Oct. 17 and Wednesday, Nov. 19.

Please let me know if these dates will cause problems for you.


Makeup tests will not be given. If you miss a test for a valid reason your mark will be calculated on the remaining work in the course.


Course information will be mounted on my website. In particular, assignments, solutions to assignments and tests and copies of previous tests and assignments will be posted there.




Drop date:


The last day to withdraw from this course without receiving a grade is

Friday, Nov. 7.




Computer accounts:


Students should get a computer account for ACADLABS or AML Arts/Advanced Multimedi Labs through PASSPORT YORK ( This will allow you to access MAPLE via ACADLABS in the Jupiter Lab (226 Petrie) or PSII or via AML in the Gauss Lab (S110 Ross). If you have any problems with regard to obtaining or accessing a computer account, please contact me.



Please note that the assignments must be entirely your own work. Any collaboration or copying will be treated as a case of academic dishonesty and pursued according to faculty regulations.