Numerical Partial Differential Equations (Math 667)

Instructor: Dr. Scott Sarra
Class Info: TR 12:30 - 1:45, SH 514
Office Hours: TR 12:15 to 12:30 and 1:45 to 4:00, SH 325
course web:

Textbook: Spectral Methods in MATLAB.  L. N. Trefethen, ISBN-13: 978-0-898714-65-4.

Prerequisites: MTH 335 and a programming language or permission.

Grading: Grades will be an average of  homework, projects and in class exams.   Final grades will be assigned according to the average as:

90<=x <=100 -> A; 80<=x <90 -> B; 70<=x <80 -> C; 60<=x <70 -> D; x <60 -> F

Attendance Policy:

Attendance is at your discretion. However, you are responsible for what is covered in class, which at times will be quite different from the text. 


Homework problems will be of two types: 1) Suggested problems for the purpose of assisting you in mastering the material and for preparing for exams.  These will not be collected and graded.  2)  Problems that will be collected and graded.  

Academic integrity:

Homework or projects may be group or individual.  On individual work, you are expected and encouraged to discuss problems with others. However, the work you turn in must be completely your own. Sharing or copying will be penalized.  For group work, one solution should be turned in representing the combined efforts of the group.

Due dates/Makeup exams

If you are unable to take an exam due to an excused absence, you must contact me prior to the exam time and furnish the proper written verification of the absence as defined by the MU undergraduate catalog in order to take a make-up exam.  Excused absences, as defined by the MU undergraduate catalog, fall into three categories: (1) university sponsored activities; (2) absences as a result of illness or death in the family; (3) absences resulting from major religious holidays.  Consult the catalog for details. Extensions for homework and projects must be made in advance of the due date.

Documented learning disabilities:

Accomodations will be made to assist students with documented learning disabilities.  Students should make arrangements with the Help center to provide the instructor with a notice of accomodation.