Marcelo Mendes Disconzi
Department of Mathematics, Vanderbilt University

email: marcelo.disconzi at vanderbilt.edu
office: Stevenson Center 1515
phone: (615) 322 7147   fax: (615) 343 0215
mail to: 1326 Stevenson Center, Vanderbilt University, Nashville TN 37240

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Marcelo Mendes Disconzi
MATH 3120 - Introduction to PDEs

General Information
For a description of the course, including the grading policy, consult the course syllabus. Students are responsible for reading the syllabus and being aware of all the course and university policies. Students taking this course for graduate credit should consult the MATH 5120 syllabus.

Textbook: No textbook will be adopted. Support references are given in the syllabus.

Classes meet on TR, 1:102:25pm at Stevenson Center 1432 (4th floor of the Mathematics Building).

Contact Information and Office Hours
Instructor's office: Stevenson Center 1515 (5th floor of the Mathematics Building).
Instructor's email: marcelo.disconzi@vanderbilt.edu.
Instructor's office hours: Tuesdays 35pm, Thursdays 34pm, or by appointment.
Instructor's office phone: (615) 322-7147.

Exams and assignments

Description % of the final grade Date
Location and Time
Remarks
Midterm 30% Thu, Feb 27 In class
Final 35% Wed, Apr 29
3pm, location TBA
HW assignments 35% on a regular basis (see below) posted on webpage


Schedule
Below is an ongoing schedule for the course (for the academic calendar, click here). This will be updated regularly and, therefore, students should check this webpage frequently. The due date for each assignment will be posted as the course progresses. Click here for the class notes (these will be updated on a regular basis).

Date Material covered Homework Remarks
Jan 7 Introduction. Examples of PDEs.
HW 1.
HW 1 Solutions.
HW 1 due on 1/16 at 5pm.
Jan 9 The Schrodinger equation and separation of variables.

Notes on the Schrodinger equation.
Jan 14 More on Schrodinger's equation. Separation of variables for the 1d wave equation.
HW 2.
HW 2 Solutions.
HW 2 is due on 1/23 at 5pm.
Jan 16 Fourier series.

Summary of theorems.
Jan 21 The 1d wave equation on the real line. D'Alembert's formula.


Jan 23 More on 1d waves: generalized solutions and propagation of singularities.
Some general tools for the study of PDEs.
HW 3.
HW 3 is due on Jan 30 at 5pm.
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Feb 25


Feb 27 Midterm

Feb 29 - Mar 8 Spring break

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Mar 31


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Apr 16



Anonymous feedback
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