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Introduction to Partial Differential Equations (Herman)

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    This is a self-published text book with excellent coverage and solid mathematics and theory to support applications. Each chapter is rich in applications, described in good detail and fine exercises which involve solution techniques, but many applications and variations. For example there is an exercise in offering up several cooling laws: Newton’s, Dulon-Petit, and Newton-Stefan, with the admonition to solve them all and compare their solutions. There is also material on pursuit models. There are many applications of second order differential equations with complete and thorough discussion of damping, eigenvalues, and characteristic equation.

    Thumbnail: A visualization of a solution to the two-dimensional heat equation with temperature represented by the third dimension (Public Domain; Oleg Alexandrov). The heat equation is a parabolic partial differential equation that describes the distribution of heat (or variation in temperature) in a given region over time.​​

    This page titled Introduction to Partial Differential Equations (Herman) is shared under a CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 license and was authored, remixed, and/or curated by Russell Herman via source content that was edited to the style and standards of the LibreTexts platform; a detailed edit history is available upon request.