APP MTH 7107 - Partial Differential Equations & Waves III

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2015

Differential equation models describe a wide range of complex problems in biology, engineering, physical sciences, economics and finance. This course focusses on partial differential equation (PDE) models, which will be developed in the context of modelling heat and mass transport and, in particular, wave phenomena, such as sound and water waves. This course develops students' skills in the formulation, solution, understanding and interpretation of PDE models. As well as developing analytic solutions, this course establishes general structures, characterisations, and numerical solutions of PDEs. In particular, computational methods using finite differences are implemented and analysed. Topics covered are: Formulation of PDEs using conservation laws: heat/mass/ wave energy transport; waves on strings and membranes; sound waves; Euler equations and velocity potential for water waves. The structure of solutions to PDEs: separation of variables (space/space, space/time); boundary value problems; SturmLouiville theory; method of characteristics; and classification of PDEs via coordinate transformation. Complex-variable form of waves. Wave dispersion. Group velocity. Finite difference solution of PDEs and BVPs: implicit and explicit methods; programming; consistency, stability and convergence; numerical differentiation.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code APP MTH 7107
    Course Partial Differential Equations & Waves III
    Coordinating Unit Applied Mathematics
    Term Semester 2
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 3 contact hours per week.
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Prerequisites (MATHS 2101 and MATHS 2102) or (MATHS 2201 and MATHS 2202)
    Incompatible APP MTH 3000, APP MTH 3017
    Assumed Knowledge MATHS 2104
    Assessment Ongoing assessment: 30%, Exam 70%
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Professor Anthony Roberts

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    On successful completion of this course students will be able to:
    1. use knowledge of partial differential equations (PDEs), modelling, the general structure of solutions, and analytic and numerical methods for solutions.
    2. formulate physical problems as PDEs using conservation laws.
    3. understand analogies between mathematical descriptions of different (wave) phenomena in physics and engineering.
    4. classify PDEs, apply analytical methods, and physically interpret the solutions.
    5. solve practical PDE problems with finite difference methods, implemented in code, and analyse the consistency, stability and convergence properties of such numerical methods.
    6. interpret solutions in a physical context, such as identifying travelling waves, standing waves, and shock waves.
    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. all
    The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. all
    An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. all
    Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. all
    A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. all
    A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. all
    An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. all
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Access to the internet.
    Recommended Resources
    1. Agarwal, R. P. & O'Regan, D. (2009), Ordinary and Partial Differential Equations With Special Functions, Fourier Series, and Boundary Value Problems, Springer.
    2. Billingham, J. and  King, A.C. (2000) Wave motion, CUP.
    3. Haberman, R. (1987), Elementary applied partial differential equations: with Fourier series and boundary value problems, 2nd edn, Prentice-Hall.
    4. Kevrekidis, I. G. & Samaey, G. (2009), Equation-free multiscale computation: Algorithms and applications, Annu. Rev. Phys.  Chem.  60, 321-344.  doi:10.1146/annurev.physchem.59.032607.093610
    5. Kreyszig, E. (2011), Advanced engineering mathematics, 10th edn, Wiley.
    6. Roberts, A. J. (1994), A one-dimensional introduction to continuum mechanics, World Sci.
    Online Learning
    This course uses MyUni exclusively for providing electronic resources, such as lecture notes, assignment papers, and sample solutions.  Students should make appropriate use of these resources.  Link to MyUni login page:
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    This course relies on combined lecture and tutorial classes as the primary learning mechanism for the material.  A sequence of written or online assignments provides assessment opportunities for students to gauge their progress and understanding.

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    ActivityQuantityWorkload Hours
    Lectures/tutorials 36 100
    Assignments/assessment 7 56
    Total 156
    Learning Activities Summary
    Lecture classess will explore the following.  Conservation of mass. Conservation of momentum.  Separation of variables.  Wave properties.  Sturm--Liouville BVPs.  Discretise 1D space.  Model shallow water waves.  Computational integration.  General wave systems.  PDEs in higher dimension.  Classification of PDEs. Shocking characteristics.  Tutorial work is integrated into lecture class times.

    In more detail, the course includes material from the following.

    1. Conservation of mass:   1D, varying cross-section,  application to gas,  physical dimensions of terms, d'Alembert for age structured populations
    2. Conservation of momentum:   1D, varying cross-section, forces and pressure, physical dimensions, ideal gas law closure, d'Alembert waves
    3. Separation of variables: constant coeff linear PDE on finite domain, boundary conditions at open\slash closed end of pipe, connect to diffusion PDE, superposition of normal modes, general homogeneous solution, summarise separation of variables
    4. Wave properties: frequency,  wavenumber,  dispersion relation
    5. Sturm--Liouville BVPs: linear and varying coefficients on finite domain, regular Sturm--Liouville, self-adjoint operators, Eigenfunctions are orthogonal, Eigenvalues are real, Eigenfunctions are usually unique, normal modes of vibration, Eigenfunctions expand inhomogeneous solutions, Fredholm alternative
    6. Discretise 1D space:   Taylor's theorem, consistency, varying coefficients, finding equilibria, eigenvalues, symmetric discretisations reflect conservation
    7. Model shallow water waves: water depth and mean velocity, hydrostatic closure, dispersion relation, varying depth, numerical seiches in 1D    
    8. Computational integration: method of lines, explicit time steps, consistency and stability, Lax equivalence theorem, Crank-Nicholson scheme, sparse matrices, numerical dispersion 
    9. General wave systems: deep irrotational water waves, phase and group velocity, energy propagation other dispersion relations, phase and group velocity, wave guide refraction 
    10. PDEs in higher dimension: shallow water in lakes, separation of variables, Sturm-Liouville nature of Helmholtz-like PDEs, finite differences in nD, consistency, anisotropic dispersion relation
    11. Classification of PDEs: revisit d'Alembert, characteristics for uni-directional wave, xy-coordinate transform seeks characteristics, hyperbolic, parabolic, elliptic PDEs   
    12. Shocking characteristics: N-wave in 1D gas flow, bore in shallow water with Chezy law, roll wave instability
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    ComponentWeightingObjective assessed
    Assignments 30% all
    Exam 70% all
    Assessment Related Requirements
    An aggregate score of at least 50% is required to pass the course.
    Assessment Detail
    Assessment itemDistributedDue dateWeighting
    Continuous assessment TBA TBA 6%
    Assignment 1 week 1 week 2 4%
    Assignment 2 week 3 week 4 4%
    Assignment 3 week 5 week 6 4%
    Assignment 4 week 7 week 8 4%
    Assignment 5 week 9 week 10 4%
    Assignment 6 week 11 week 12 4%
    1. All written assignments are to be either submitted to the designated hand in boxes within the School of Mathematical Sciences with a signed cover sheet attached, or submitted as pdf via MyUni.
    2. Late assignments will not be accepted without a medical certificate and a request prior to the due date.
    3. Assignments normally have a one week turn-around time for feedback to students.
    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

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    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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