Beatrice Riviere

Fall 2021

    Meeting time and place:T Th 1:00pm-2:15pm, DH 1046
    Office Hours:by appointment (send email to: riviere at rice dot edu) DH 3019
    Course Objectives
    This course covers the physical origins of the fundamental equations of mathematical physics. These equations form the backbone of engineering and many of the sciences, and solving them numerically is a central topic in computational science and engineering.
    Course Outcomes
    Upon completion of the course, students have a good understanding of conservation laws and fundamental principles in modeling various physical phenomena. They will have learned to use software to solve the balance equations.
    Homeworks (100%).
    Reading Material
    PDEs of Mathematical Physics by William W. Symes, 2012.
    In general, you may discuss homework problems with classmates, but you have to write your solution individually. Some homeworks are pledged. Homeworks will contain both theoretical and computational problems. Students are strongly encouraged to start their homeworks early. Matlab, Python or C will be the default programming environment. However students may choose to use another programming language.
    Class website
    Students are responsible for viewing the class website regularly as material will be added to the site throughout the semester.
    Late policy
    Homeworks are to be given during class on the due date. If the homework is turned in after the class is over, it is considered late. Late homeworks will incur penalties in increments of 10%.
    If you have a documented disability that may affect academic performance, you should make sure this documentation is on file with Disability Resource Center (Allen Center, Room 111 / / x5841) to determine the accommodations you need, and meet with me to discuss your accommodation needs.
    CAAM 436 and CAAM 535
    Undergraduates should sign up for CAAM 436 and graduate students should sign up for CAAM 535. The only difference between the courses is the workload and assessment of the students. Graduate students will have a higher workload (more homework problems) than the undergraduate students.
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