This undergraduate textbook introduces students to the topic with a unique approach that emphasizes the modern finite element method alongside the classical method of Fourier analysis.
Additional features of this new edition include
The author continues to emphasize Fourier series and finite element methods, which were the primary scope of the first edition.
This book is written for undergraduate courses usually titled Introduction to Partial Differential Equations or Fourier Series and Boundary Value Problems.
Keywords: partial differential equations (PDEs), finite element method, Fourier analysis, finite difference method, linear algebra, MATLAB™, Mathematica™, and Maple™
Mark S. Gockenbach is Professor and Chair of the Department of Mathematical Sciences at Michigan Technological University. He is the author of Partial Differential Equations: Analytical and Numerical Methods (SIAM, 2002), Understanding and Implementing the Finite Element Method (SIAM, 2006), and Finite-Dimensional Linear Algebra (CRC Press, 2010). His research interests include inverse problems in PDEs and numerical methods and software for large-scale optimization problems.
Preface; 1 Classification of Differential Equations; 2 Models in One Dimension; 3 Essential Linear Algebra; 4 Essential Ordinary Differential Equations; 5 Boundary Value Problems in Statics; 6 Heat Flow and Diffusion; 7 Waves; 8 First-Order PDEs and the Method of Characteristics; 9 Green’s Functions; 10 Sturm–Liouville Eigenvalue Problems; 11 Problems in Multiple Spatial Dimensions; 12 More about Fourier Series; 13 More about Finite Element Methods; Appendix A Proof of Theorem 3.47; Appendix B Shifting the Data in Two Dimensions; Bibliography; Index