ME201/ME400/MTH281/CHE400 Applied Boundary Value Problems

Professor Hussein Aluie

Office Hours

MWF 2:00pm – 3:00pm, or by appointment

Hopeman 406

Teaching Assistants

Chayut Teeraratkul (Head TA)


Thursdays 5-6pm, Carlson Library

Andres Cano


Wednesdays 5-6pm, 374 Bausch and Lomb (POA)

Jeremy Hartse


Mondays 4-5pm, 374 Bausch and Lomb (POA)

Peeratach Ritthikarn


Thursdays 4-5pm, Carlson library

Haley Wohlever


Mondays 3:30-4:30, Carlson library


This course covers the classical partial differential equations of mathematical physics: the heat equation, the Laplace equation, and the wave equation. The primary technique covered in the course is separation of variables, which leads to solutions in the form of eigenfunction expansions. The topics include Fourier series, separation of variables, Sturm-Liouville theory, unbounded domains and the Fourier transform, spherical coordinates and Legendre’s equation, cylindrical coordinates and Bessel’s equation. The software package Mathematica will be used extensively. Prior knowledge of Mathematica is helpful but not essential. In the last two weeks of the course, there will be a project on an assigned topic. The course will include applications in heat conduction, electrostatics, fluid flow, and acoustics.


Homework 1, due Mon. Sept. 10

Homework 2, due Wed. Sept. 19

Homework 3, due Mon. Oct. 1

Homework 4, due Wed. Oct. 10

Homework 5, due Wed. Oct. 24

Homework 6, due Fri. Nov. 02

Homework 7, due Fri. Nov. 16

Homework 8, due Mon. Nov. 26

Homework 9, due Fri. Dec. 7

Course Project, due Mon. Dec. 17

Exam Schedule

October 5 (Friday) @ 11:50am

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November 9 (Friday) @ 11:50am

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December 12 (Wednesday) @ 11:50am

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