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Partial Differential Equations II - MAT00054H

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  • Department: Mathematics
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Konstantin Ilin
  • Credit value: 10 credits
  • Credit level: H
  • Academic year of delivery: 2021-22
    • See module specification for other years: 2022-23

Related modules

Co-requisite modules

  • None

Prohibited combinations

  • None

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching period
A Spring Term 2021-22

Module aims

  • To give an introduction to basic numerical methods for solving partial differential equations (PDEs) and to show how numerical algorithms can be implemented in practice.

  • To analyse the error of various numerical algorithms for solving PDEs and discuss practical problems that arise when we apply these algorithms.

  • To illustrate numerical methods by solving real problems from various areas of natural sciences such as physics, biology, fluid mechanics, etc.

Module learning outcomes

  • know basic finite-difference methods for solving partial differential equations

  • be able to analyse the error for a particular numerical method and appreciate the efficiency in implementation of numerical algorithms

  • be able to obtain numerical solutions of simple PDEs with the help of MATLAB

Module content


  • Finite-differences, truncation error, convergence and stability.

  • Explicit and implicit finite-difference schemes for parabolic PDEs. The alternating-direction method.

  • Finite-difference schemes for elliptic PDEs. Relaxation methods.

  • Finite-difference methods for hyperbolic PDEs: explicit and implicit schemes for wave equation; Lax-Wendroff scheme for hyperbolic systems.

Academic and graduate skills

  • Academic skills: the numerical techniques taught are used in many areas of pure and applied mathematics.
  • Graduate skills: through lectures, examples, computer classes, students will develop their ability to assimilate, process and engage with new material quickly and efficiently. They develop problem solving-skills and learn how to apply techniques to unseen problems.


Task Length % of module mark
N/A 25
Online Exam -less than 24hrs (Centrally scheduled)
Partial Differential Equations II
2 hours 75

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
Online Exam - 24 hrs (Centrally scheduled)
Reassessment: Partial Differential Equations II
N/A 100

Module feedback

Current Department policy on feedback is available in the undergraduate student handbook. Coursework and examinations will be marked and returned in accordance with this policy.

Indicative reading

  • W F Ames, Numerical Methods for Partial Differential Equations, Academic Press, 1977 (S 7.383 AME).

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