MATH 431
Nonlinear Waves, Solitons Fall 2016 Division III; Quantative/Formal Reasoning;
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Waves arise in scientific and engineering disciplines such as acoustics, optics, fluid/solid mechanics, electromagnetism and quantum mechanics. Although linear waves are well understood, the study of nonlinear wave phenomena remains an active field of research and a source of inspiration and challenge for several areas of mathematics. We discuss traveling waves, shallow water models, wave steepening, solitons and blowup. Additional topics may include shocks, weak solutions and conservation laws.
The Class: Type: lecture
Limit: 40
Expected: 15
Class#: 1295
Requirements/Evaluation: problem sets, exams, and final project
Prerequisites: MATH 209/210 and MATH 350/351, or permission of the instructor
Distributions: Division III; Quantative/Formal Reasoning;

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