MATH302-18S1 (C) Semester One 2018

Partial Differential Equations

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 19 February 2018
End Date: Sunday, 24 June 2018
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Friday, 2 March 2018
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 18 May 2018


An introduction to the methods of solution for partial differential equations and to their applications.

Partial differential equations are the life blood of the natural and physical sciences, arising in situations where variations in time and space are both important. Usually, to find a solution one can use analytical or numerical techniques.

In this course we concentrate on finding analytical solutions using the following methods:

• method of Characteristics for first order linear and quasilinear equations
• separation of variables
• fourier and Laplace transforms

Learning Outcomes

  • Students successfully completing this course should:

  • master the techniques listed above
  • be able to recognize the canonical examples of each solution method
  • be able to identify the correct approach to solve a novel problem coming from applications
  • have a good grounding in PDE theory in order to progress to more advance applied or pure mathematics courses
    • University Graduate Attributes

      This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

      Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award

      Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.



MATH361, EMTH391, EMTH413

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Mark Hickman


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Assignments (x2) 40%
Mid-semester test 20%
Final examination 40%

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $749.00

International fee $3,788.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see Mathematics and Statistics .

All MATH302 Occurrences

  • MATH302-18S1 (C) Semester One 2018