MATH 4220/5220

Instructor: Theodore Kolokolnikov
Course webpage:
Office: Chase building, 304
Email: tkolokol at mathstat period dal period ca
Office hours: MWF 12:35-1:30 or drop by anytime I'm in my office. You can also email me to set up an appointment.


Textbook: Walter A. Strauss, Partial Differential Equations, an introduction

Course outline: We will cover Chapters 1,2,4,5,6,14.1 which cover the fundamental PDE's (Laplace, heat and wave equations, shocks). After that, a selection of topics from remaining chapters will be chosen depending on class interest and time constraints.

Evaluation: There will be bi-weekly homeworks worth 60% and a final exam worth 40%.

Grade conversion scale scale: [0-50) F, [50-55) D, [55-58) C-, [58-62) C, [62-65) C+, [65,70) B-, [70-75) B, [75-80) B+, [80-85) A-, [85-90) A, [90-100] A+.

Intellectual Honesty and Plagiarism: While collaborating on homework is allowed, you must write your own solutions! Example of good collaboration: do a question independently, then cross-check solution with your friend. Example of cheating: your friend writes the solution, you blindly copy it down without any acknowledgement. If you cheat, you will get into lots of trouble. Suspected cases of cheating will be referred to the Faculty Academic Integrity Officer. Punishments can include a suspension from university for a year! It is not worth it. For details, please read the section on academic honesty in the student calendar.

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