MA4PD2-Partial Differential Equations II

Module Provider: Mathematics and Statistics
Number of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn term module
Pre-requisites: MA2DE Differential Equations
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded: MA3PD2 Partial Differential Equations II
Current from: 2021/2

Module Convenor: Dr Nick Biggs

Type of module:

Summary module description:

To extend the students' knowledge of partial differential equations, in particular to enable them to understand some of the elegant structures involved and be able to apply the results in appropriate problems.

Assessable learning outcomes:

By the end of the module students are expected to be able to:

  • use separation of variables and Green's functions in appropriate cases;

  • apply methods to problems in wave dynamics.

This module will be assessed to a greater depth than the excluded module MA3PD2.

Additional outcomes:

Outline content:

This module considers a central topic in mathematics, namely, partial differential equations, and takes their study further than previously, by investigation of elliptic problems using Green's functions.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
Lectures supported by problem sheets and lecture-based tutorials.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 20
Tutorials 4
Guided independent study: 76
Total hours by term 100
Total hours for module 100

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written exam 100

Summative assessment- Examinations:
2 hours.

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

Formative assessment methods:
Problem sheets.

Penalties for late submission:

The Support Centres will apply the following penalties for work submitted late:

  • where the piece of work is submitted after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for that piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.
The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at:
You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

Assessment requirements for a pass:
A mark of 50% overall.

Reassessment arrangements:
One examination paper of 2 hours duration in August/September.

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

  1. Required text books: None

  2. Specialist equipment or materials: None

  3. Specialist clothing, footwear or headgear: None

  4. Printing and binding: None

  5. Computers and devices with a particular specification: None

  6. Travel, accommodation and subsistence: None

Last updated: 9 September 2021


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