Math 228C
Numerical Methods for PDEs
Spring Quarter 2015

   Office Hours:
Professor Bob Guy
MSB 2136
Tuesday and Thursday 3:00-4:00

R. J. LeVeque. Finite Difference Methods for Ordinary and Partial Differential Equations: Steady-State and Time-Dependent Problems. SIAM,  2007.
Lloyd N. Trefethen, Spectral Methods in MATLAB, SIAM, 2000.

Both books are available electronically from the library.

Homework and announcements will be posted here.

Tuesday and Thursday 1:40-3:00 in PHYSICS 140


You are encouraged to talk with your classmates about homework problems. However, you must do your own write-up and write your own codes. All aspects of your write up must be clearly presented. Your writing should be clear and grammatically correct. Your codes must be thoroughly commented. All tables and figures must be appropriately labeled. You will be graded on the quality of your presentation.

Project abstracts due Friday, April 17th
Homework 1, Due Friday, April 17th

Homework 2, Due Friday, May 1st

Homework 3, Due Thursday, May 21st

Presentation Schedule
Tuesday, May 26th
1. Yunshen Zhou
2. Ning Wan
3. Ning Liu
Thursday, May 28th
1. Chang Vang
2. Jonathan Robey
3. Zheqing Zhang
Tuesday, June 2nd
1. Adam Fedak
2. Steffen Docken
3. Yunxiang Shang
Thursday, June 4th
1. Yuki Tsuzuki
2. Stella Dong

What we will cover

This coarse is part of the sequence 228A-C on numerical methods for partial differential equations.  The second quarter (228B) will focus on parabolic equations and spectral methods  The topics we will cover this quarter are listed below.

Your grade will be based on your homework assignments (60%) and project (40%).  We will likely have 2-4 homework assignments during this quarter.

This class will require writing computer programs. You may use any language. If you do not have a strong preference of language, I suggest that you use MATLAB, because it is easy to use and very powerful.  All codes will be turned in and must be thoroughly commented.

Course Project
As part of this class, you must complete a course project.  This will involve researching a topic in numerical PDEs or an application which requires the numerical solution of PDEs.  To complete the project you are required to (1) give an in-class presentation, (2) prepare a project report, and (3) attend other students' presentations.  You may work in groups of two or by yourself.  In the first few weeks of the class, you are required to turn in a project proposal which describes your topic.   Please talk to me if you want some guidance in  selecting a topic.  Below are some example topics.  This list is not meant to be exhaustive.
  • Mesh generation
  • Embedded boundaries
  • Domain decomposition
  • ENO/WENO methods
  • Immersed interface method
  • Stochastic DE/PDEs
  • Adaptive mesh refinement (AMR)
  • Compact finite differences
  • Fast mulitpole method
  • Boundary integral method
  • A topic from your own research