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2023/24 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

PHYS2380 Maths 4- Transforms and Partial Differential Equations

10 creditsClass Size: 250

Module manager: Dr Chris Nixon

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2023/24

Module replaces


This module is not approved as a discovery module


On completion of this module, students will be able to:
- use the method of separation of variables to solve the wave, Laplace, Poisson and diffusion equations with appropriate boundary conditions;
- determine the Fourier series for a given function;
- use Fourier series and Fourier transform methods to solve partial differential equations with several independent variables.

Learning outcomes
Students will be able to demonstrate knowledge, understanding and application of:
1. appropriate partial differential equations and boundary conditions to model the behaviour of physical systems
2. the method of separation of variables to solve partial differential equations
3. Fourier series and Fourier transform methods to solve partial differential equations

Skills outcomes
Basic mathematical methods needed in all branches of science.


- Wave, Laplace, Poisson, diffusion and Schrödinger equations in relevant physical contexts;
- Formulation of boundary-value problems involving each of the above PDEs;
- Solution of boundary-value problems by separation of variables;
- Fourier series and transforms with their applications to PDEs;
- Dirac Delta function and the convolution theorem;
- Solutions of PDEs involving Bessel functions and Legendre polynomials (including orthogonality properties);

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours67.00
Total Contact hours33.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Homework assignments.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
In-course AssessmentRegular Homeworks20.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)20.00

Resits will be in standard exam format.

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc)2 hr 30 mins80.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)80.00

Students will have to complete an in-person exam at the end of the module. This will take place during the examinations period at the end of the semester and will be time bound.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 07/08/2023


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