Postgraduate course

Partial Differential Equations

  • ECTS credits10
  • Teaching semesterAutumn
  • Course codeMAT234
  • Number of semesters1
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Teaching semester


Objectives and Content

The course includes initial and boundary value problems for PDEs of first and second order, and includes, to a limited extent, systems of such equations. Emphasis is on the qualitative behaviour of solutions.

Learning Outcomes

After completing the course, students will be able to:

  • Derive partial differential equations from physical principles.
  • Understand the qualitative differences between elliptic, parabolic and hyperbolic equations.
  • Understand what kind of combinations of boundary conditions and initial values gives well-posed problems.
  • Understand and write simple mathematical proofs.
  • Apply theorems showing convergence of functions in different norms.

Required Previous Knowledge


Recommended Previous Knowledge

MAT131 Differential Equations I and MAT212 Functions of Several Variables

Forms of Assessment

Written exam. It may be oral examination if less than 20 students attend the course.

Grading Scale

The grading scale used is A to F. Grade A is the highest passing grade in the grading scale, grade F is a fail.


Contact Information


Exam information

  • Type of assessment: Oral examination

    Withdrawal deadline
    Additional information
    The exam will be in Sigma (4A5d)