Springer Undergraduate Mathematics Series

Essential Partial Differential Equations

Analytical and Computational Aspects

Authors: Griffiths, David F., Dold, John W., Silvester, David J.

  • Analytical and computational approach to PDEs
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  • Contains 300 exercises, all with full solutions, starred according to difficulty
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  • One chapter dedicated to projects intended for individual or group study
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About this Textbook

This volume provides an introduction to the analytical and numerical aspects of partial differential equations (PDEs). It unifies an analytical and computational approach for these; the qualitative behaviour of solutions being established using classical concepts: maximum principles and energy methods. Notable inclusions are the treatment of irregularly shaped boundaries, polar coordinates and the use of flux-limiters when approximating hyperbolic conservation laws. The numerical analysis of difference schemes is rigorously developed using discrete maximum principles and discrete Fourier analysis. A novel feature is the inclusion of a chapter containing projects, intended for either individual or group study, that cover a range of topics such as parabolic smoothing, travelling waves, isospectral matrices, and the approximation of multidimensional advection–diffusion problems.

The underlying theory is illustrated by numerous examples and there are around 300 exercises, designed to promote and test understanding. They are starred according to level of difficulty. Solutions to odd-numbered exercises are available to all readers while even-numbered solutions are available to authorised instructors.

Written in an informal yet rigorous style, Essential Partial Differential Equations is designed for mathematics undergraduates in their final or penultimate year of university study, but will be equally useful for students following other scientific and engineering disciplines in which PDEs are of practical importance. The only prerequisite is a familiarity with the basic concepts of calculus and linear algebra.

About the authors

John Dold is a professor of applied mathematics, having trained in physics, mathematics and (briefly) history. Apart from some purely experimental studies, particularly of fire behaviour, his research primarily makes use of partial differential equations to model practical problems, including water waves and combustion phenomena. He founded the journal Combustion Theory and Modelling and he has organised or helped to organise major conferences on combustion research. In his teaching of mathematical methods and their application to various physical phenomena he has written a number of coursework texts. One of these has been expanded and improved to create the current volume.

David Griffiths trained originally as an applied mathematician and has spent his academic career as a numerical analyst at the University of Dundee specialising in the numerical solution of partial differential equations. He taught the subject at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels for many years and published over 50 scientific articles on finite difference and finite element methods. He has previously published two textbooks on finite difference methods for ordinary and partial differential equations. David was joint organising secretary of the Dundee Biennial Conferences on Numerical Analysis from 1983 to 2005. He was awarded a “Certificate of Recognition” from NASA in both 1991 and 1993 for his work on spurious solutions that can arise from approximations of nonlinear differential equations.

David Silvester is a Professor in the School of Mathematics at The University of Manchester. His research concerns numerical solution of partial differential equations, computational fluid dynamics, uncertainty quantification, and high performance computing. He received his doctorate in mathematics from the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology in 1984 and has had visiting positions at Stanford University, the University of Maryland at College Park, and the Université du Littoral, France. He has served on the editorial boards of SIAM Journal on Scientific Computing and the International Journal for Numerical Methods in Fluids.

Reviews

“The book is written in an engaging and lively style that will appeal to students. … aim of the Springer SUMS series is to take a ‘fresh and modern approach’ to core foundational material through to final year topics. This book delivers on that promise with great success. ... As a first text that is set at the appropriate level … which recognizes and incorporates numerical computation as an essential tool for learning and understanding, it looks hard to beat.” (Mark Blyth, SIAM Review, Vol. 59 (1), March, 2017)

“UK mathematicians Griffiths (Univ. of Dundee) and Dold and Silvester (both, Univ. of Manchester) introduce undergraduates to partial differential equations (PDEs) from both the analytical and numerical points of view. … Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through professionals/practitioners.” (D. P. Turner, Choice, Vol. 53 (11), July, 2016)

“This introduction to partial differential equations is designed for upper level undergraduates in mathematics. … The writing is lively, the authors make appealing use of computational examples and visualization, and they are very successful at conveying and integrating physical intuition. … This is probably the best introductory book on PDEs that I have seen in some time. It is well worth a look.” (William J. Satzer, MAA Reviews, maa.org, April, 2016)

“This textbook offers a nice introduction to analytical and numerical methods for partial differential equations. … The book is self-contained and the prerequisites is a standard course in calculus and linear algebra. The textbook appeals to undergraduate students in both scientific and engineering programs in which PDEs are of practical importance.” (Marius Ghergu, zbMATH 1330.35001, 2016)


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Table of contents (13 chapters)

  • Setting the Scene

    Griffiths, David F. (et al.)

    Pages 1-9

  • Boundary and Initial Data

    Griffiths, David F. (et al.)

    Pages 11-25

  • The Origin of PDEs

    Griffiths, David F. (et al.)

    Pages 27-36

  • Classification of PDEs

    Griffiths, David F. (et al.)

    Pages 37-57

  • Boundary Value Problems in $$\mathbb {R}^1$$

    Griffiths, David F. (et al.)

    Pages 59-83

Buy this book

eBook £19.99
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-22569-2
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Softcover £24.99
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-22568-5
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Essential Partial Differential Equations
Book Subtitle
Analytical and Computational Aspects
Authors
Series Title
Springer Undergraduate Mathematics Series
Copyright
2015
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing Switzerland
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-22569-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-22569-2
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-22568-5
Series ISSN
1615-2085
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 368
Number of Illustrations and Tables
105 b/w illustrations, 1 illustrations in colour
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