Term 2, 2018: Math 257/316: Partial Differential Equations

Class time and location:

  • Section 201: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 11 am – 12 pm, LSK 201
  • Section 202: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 9 am – 10 am, Buchanan, A102

Office hours (Mathematics Building 110):

  • Mondays 12 – 1 pm, Wednesdays and Fridays 1 – 2 pm

Also note that Math Learning Centre provides tutorial assistance.

Text book and online resources:

  1. Elementary Differential Equations and Boundary Value Problems, W.E. Boyce & R.C. DiPrima (John Wiley & Sons) 2012. (Recommended but not required)
  2. Applied Partial Differential Equations with Fourier Series and Boundary Value Problems (4nd Ed), R. Haberman, (Pearson), 2004. (Recommended but not required)
  3. Professor Anthony Peirce’s course material:  https://www.math.ubc.ca/~peirce/
  4. Professor Richard Froese’s lecture notes: http://www.math.ubc.ca/~rfroese/notes/Lecs316.pdf


  • Final exam: 50%. Students must get at least 35% on the final exam to pass the course.
  • Two in-class midterm exams (each 20%): 40%. There will be no make-up midterms. If you cannot make it to any of the midterms (for a legitimate reason), you must inform me at least two days before the test date.
  • Homework (including Matlab assignments): 10%. Assignment should be submitted at the  beginning of the class on the day they are due. No late submission or electronic submission will be accepted.  You must submit your assignment at the section you are registered in. The handed in assignment must be your own work.

Midterm dates:

Monday, February 26th and Friday, March 23rd

Midterm exam resources:

There are many sample previous midterm exams (with their solutions!) on Professor Anthony Peirce’s webpage:  https://www.math.ubc.ca/~peirce/

Make sure you do a lot of practice.

Midterm1 : section 201: exam, solutions, section 202: exam, solutions

Final date/location: 


Final exam resources:

See Professor Anthony Peirce’s webpage:  https://www.math.ubc.ca/~peirce/

for past exams and their solution. Mathematics department also has a data base for past exams, see here.


See supplementary homework exercises here.

Class notes: