Math 110A: Introduction to PDE (Fall 2017)

Lectures: TuTh 11:00am-12:20pm in HSS 1330

Discussions: Th 4:00-4:50pm (Sec A01, YL) or 5:00-5:50pm (Sec A02, YL) or 6:00-6:50pm (Sec A03, BC) in WLH 2206

  • Instructor: Andrej Zlatos
  • Office: APM 5121
  • Office Hours: Th 9:15-10:45am (in APM 5121) plus 10 min after each lecture (in HSS 1330)
  • E-mail: (remove the two x)
  • TAs: Yuwen Li (YL) and Benjamin Ciotti (BC)
  • Office: AP&M 6414 (YL) and AP&M 5712 (BC)
  • Office Hours: M 4-6pm + F 4-6pm (YL) and M 5-6:15pm + Th 5-5:45pm (BC)
  • E-mail: (YL) and (BC) (remove the two x)

Textbook: Partial Differential Equations: An Introduction (Second Edition) by Walter Strauss (a copy is on reserve in the library). We will cover most of chapters 1-6 and a part of chapter 9, with some adjustments. Lecture notes containing everything as presented in class will be posted here.

Quiz: Tuesday 10/24 (in class)

Midterm exam: Tuesday 11/14 (in class)

Final exam: Wednesday 12/13 at 11:30am (in HSS 1330)

Grading: Homework 25%, Quiz 10%, Midterm exam 25%, Final exam 40%. At least 50% of homework points as well as a passing grade on the final exam must be earned in order to pass the course.


Homework assignments (due dates in parentheses): While some of the problems below are technically proofs, they are mainly short arguments illustrating the use of some of the concepts taught in class.

HW 1 Section 1.1: Exercises 3bcdh, 10, 11
(10/10) Section 1.3: Exercises 6, 7, 10
  Section 1.4: Exercises 1, 4
  Section 1.5: Exercises 1, 4
HW 2 Section 1.2: Exercises 1, 3, 6, 7, 10
(10/17) Section 2.1: Exercises 1, 5, 9
  Section 2.2: Exercises 3, 5
HW 3 Section 2.3: Exercises 3, 4, 7, 8 (in 3a, 4a use the strong version of maximum principle mentioned on p. 42; in 7b assume instead $v(x, 0) \ge 0$)
(10/24) Section 9.1: Exercises 2, 6a, 7
  Section 9.2: Exercises 2, 3, 5
  Extra problems for interested Math majors
HW 4 Section 1.6: Exercises 1, 2, 6
(10/31) Section 2.4: Exercises 6, 9, 11, 16, 18
  Section 2.5: Exercise 2
  Problem 10. Assume that $\varphi\in C(\mathbb R^N)$ and $I=\int_{\mathbb R^N} |\varphi(x)|\,dx $ is finite (i.e., $\varphi$ is integrable), and let $u(x,t)= (4\pi \kappa t)^{-N/2} \int_{\mathbb R^N} e^{-|x-y|^2/4\kappa t}\varphi(y)\,dy$. Show that for each $\epsilon>0$ there is $T>0$ such that $|u(x,t)|<\epsilon$ for all $(x,t)\in\mathbb R^N\times[T,\infty)$. (That is, any solution of the heat equation on $\mathbb R^N$ with an integrable initial condition converges uniformly to 0 as $t\to\infty$. Think about why this should be true from the physical perspective.)
HW 5 Section 3.1: Exercises 1, 2
(11/7) Section 3.2: Exercises 3, 10
  Section 3.3: Exercises 1, 3
  Section 3.4: Exercises 3, 6, 13
  Section 9.4: Exercise 3 (with initial condition $u(x,y,z,0)=\varphi(x,y,z)\in C_b(\mathbb R^2\times(0,\infty))$ on the half-space $\{z>0\}$)
HW 6 Section 4.1: Exercises 2, 3, 4, 6
(11/21) Section 4.2: Exercises 2, 4
  Section 4.3: Exercise 2
  Problem 8. Let $D\subseteq\mathbb R^N$ be an open bounded domain with a $C^1$ boundary $\partial D$ and let $\Omega=D\times\mathbb R^+$. Consider the Schrodinger equation $u_t=i\Delta u$ on $\Omega$ for complex-valued functions $u$, with homogeneous Dirichlet or Neumann boundary condition on $\partial D\times\mathbb R^+$. Define energy $E(t)=\int_D |u(x,t)|^2 dx$ and show that for any solution $u\in C^{2,1}(\bar\Omega)$ it is conserved. Recall that since $u$ is complex valued, $|u|^2=u\bar u$. (Just as in Lecture 11, this can be used to prove uniqueness of $C^{2,1}(\bar\Omega)$ solutions to the IBVP with any initial condition $u(x,0)=\varphi(x)\in C^2(\bar D)$ because the PDE is linear.)
  Problem 9. Consider the setting of problem 8 but with equation $u_{tt}=\Delta u - u$ and $C^{2}(\bar\Omega)$ real-valued solutions. Find an "energy" for this equation that is conserved in time. (Hint: Find the time-derivative (in this problem) of the original energy for the wave equation from the proof of uniqueness. Then change this energy function in such a way that the time derivative of the new energy function becomes zero.)
  Problem 10. Find all $C^2([-1,0])$ solutions to BVP \begin{align*} u_{xx}=0 & \qquad \text{on $(-1,0)$} \\ u(-1)+u'(-1)=u(0)=0 & \end{align*} Why does the answer not contradict our uniqueness theorem for Laplace's equation?
HW 7 Section 5.1: Exercises 2, 4, 5, 8, 9
(12/1) Section 5.2: Exercises 11, 14
  Section 5.6: Exercise 4 with the second boundary condition being instead $u(l,t)=1$
  Section 6.1: Exercises 2, 4
HW 8 Section 6.1: Exercises 5, 7, 11
(12/8) Section 6.2: Exercises 2, 4, 6, 7 (for 6, look at Example 2 in Section 6.2)
  Section 6.3: Exercises 1, 3
  Problem 10. With $D$ the disc in $\mathbb R^2$ with radius 3 and centered at the origin, find all solutions to BVP \begin{align*} \Delta u = 0 & \qquad \text{on $D$} \\ \frac {\partial u}{\partial n}(3\cos\phi,3\sin\phi)= h(\phi) & \qquad \text{on $[-\pi,\pi]$} \end{align*} Write your answer in terms of a series involving the Fourier coefficients of $h$.

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