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An Introduction to Partial Differential Equations with MATLAB / Edition 1

An Introduction to Partial Differential Equations with MATLAB / Edition 1

by Matthew P. Coleman


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ISBN-13: 9781584883739
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 09/28/2004
Series: Chapman & Hall/CRC Applied Mathematics & Nonlinear Science Series , #27
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 688
Product dimensions: 6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.60(d)

Table of Contents


What are Partial Differential Equations?
PDEs We Can Already Solve
Initial and Boundary Conditions
Linear PDEs--Definitions
Linear PDEs--The Principle of Superposition
Separation of Variables for Linear, Homogeneous PDEs
Eigenvalue Problems

The Big Three PDEs

Second-Order, Linear, Homogeneous PDEs with Constant Coefficients
The Heat Equation and Diffusion
The Wave Equation and the Vibrating String
Initial and Boundary Conditions for the Heat and Wave Equations
Laplace's Equation--The Potential Equation
Using Separation of Variables to Solve the Big Three PDEs

Fourier Series

Properties of Sine and Cosine
The Fourier Series
The Fourier Series, Continued
The Fourier Series---Proof of Pointwise Convergence
Fourier Sine and Cosine Series
Solving the Big Three PDEs
Solving the Homogeneous Heat Equation for a Finite Rod
Solving the Homogeneous Wave Equation for a Finite String
Solving the Homogeneous Laplace's Equation on a Rectangular
Nonhomogeneous Problems
Characteristicsfor Linear PDEs
First-Order PDEs with Constant Coefficients
First-Order PDEs with Variable Coefficients
D'Alembert's Solution for the Wave Equation--The Infinite
Characteristics for Semi-Infinite and Finite String Problems
General Second-Order Linear PDEs and Characteristics

Integral Transforms

The Laplace Transform for PDEs
Fourier Sine and Cosine Transforms
The Fourier Transform
The Infinite and Semi-Infinite Heat Equations
Distributions, the Dirac Delta Function and Generalized Fourier
Proof of the Fourier Integral Formula
Bessel Functions and Orthogonal Polynomials
The Special Functions and Their Differential Equations
Ordinary Points and Power Series Solutions; Chebyshev, Hermite and Legendre Polynomials
The Method of Frobenius; Laguerre Polynomials
Interlude: The Gamma Function
Bessel Functions
Recap: A List of Properties of Bessel Functions and Orthogonal
Sturm-Liouville Theory and Generalized Fourier Series
Sturm-Liouville Problems
Regular and Periodic Sturm-Liouville Problems
Singular Sturm-Liouville Problems; Self-Adjoint Problems
The Mean-Square or L2 Norm and Convergence in the Mean
Generalized Fourier Series; Parseval's Equality and Completeness
PDEs in Higher Dimensions
PDEs in Higher Dimensions: Examples and Derivations
The Heat and Wave Equations on a Rectangle; Multiple Fourier
Laplace's Equation in Polar Coordinates; Poisson's Integral
The Wave and Heat Equations in Polar Coordinates
Problems in Spherical Coordinates
The Infinite Wave Equation and Multiple Fourier Transforms
Postlude: Eigenvalues and Eigenfunctions of the Laplace Operator;
Green's Identities for the Laplacian
Nonhomogeneous Problems and Green's Functions
Green's Functions for ODEs
Green's Function and the Dirac Delta Function
Green's Functions for Elliptic PDEs (I): Poisson's Equation in
Two Dimensions
Green's Functions for Elliptic PDEs (II): Poisson's Equation in
Three Dimensions; the Helmholtz Equation
Green's Function's for Equations of Evolution

Numerical Methods

Finite Difference Approximations for ODEs
Finite Difference Approximations for PDEs
Spectral Methods and the Finite Element Method
Uniform Convergence; Differentiation and Integration of Fourier Series
Important Theorems: Limits, Derivatives, Integrals, Series, and Interchange of Operations
Existence and Uniqueness Theorems
A Menagerie of PDEs
MATLAB Code for Figures and Exercises
Answers to Selected Exercises

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Guest More than 1 year ago
First, I have to say that I'm biased because I'm a former student of Prof. Coleman's (Multivariable Calc and ODE's). But I was happy to see that he had written a PDE book and I bought it so that I could relearn PDE's, since the PDE course I had wasn't so great. I haven't been disappointed. I've read most of the first six chapters so far - the book is easy to read and the explanations are clear. There are tons of homework problems and applications. However, I don't have access to MATLAB so I can't really comment on that aspect of the book. Also, I'm almost positive that Dr. Coleman is the sole author of this book.