Fall 2020 Graduate Courses

APC 503 / AST 557: Analytical Techniques in Differential Equations           

Steven C. Cowley  Jong-Kyu Park

Asymptotic methods, Dominant balance, ODEs: initial and Boundary value problems, Wronskian, Green's functions, Complex Variables: Cauchy's theorem, Taylor and Laurent expansions, Approximate Solution of Differential Equations, singularity type, Series expansions. Asymptotic Expansions. Stationary Phase, Saddle Points, Stokes phenomena. WKB Theory: Stokes constants, Airy function, Derivation of Heading's rules, bound states, barrier transmission. Asymptotic evaluation of integrals, Laplace's method, Stirling approximation, Integral representations, Gamma function, Riemann zeta function. Boundary Layer problems, Multiple Scale Analysis.

APC 524 / MAE 506 / AST 506: Software Engineering for Scientific Computing

Gabe Perez-Giz

The goal of this course is to teach basic tools and principles of writing good code, in the context of scientific computing. Specific topics include an overview of relevant compiled and interpreted languages, build tools and source managers, design patterns, design of interfaces, debugging and testing, profiling and improving performance, portability, and an introduction to parallel computing in both shared memory and distributed memory environments. The focus is on writing code that is easy to maintain and share with others. Students will develop these skills through a series of programming assignments and a group project.

AST 559/APC 539: Turbulence and Nonlinear Processes in Fluids and Plasmas

Gregory W. Hammett

A comprehensive introduction to the theory of nonlinear phenomena in fluids and plasmas, with emphasis on turbulence and transport. Experimental phenomenology; fundamental equations, including Navier-Stokes, Vlasov, and gyrokinetic; numerical simulation techniques, including pseudo-spectral and particle-in-cell methods; coherent structures; transition to turbulence; statistical closures, including the wave kinetic equation and direct-interaction approximation; PDF methods and intermittency; variational techniques. Applications from neutral fluids, fusion plasmas, and astrophysics.

EGR 192 / MAT 192 / PHY 192 / APC 192 (QCR): An Integrated Introduction to Engineering, Mathematics, Physics

Casey L. Kelleher

Taken concurrently with EGR/MAT/PHY 191, this course offers an integrated presentation of the material from PHY 103 (General Physics: Mechanics and Thermodynamics) and MAT 201 (Multivariable Calculus) with an emphasis on applications to engineering. Math topics include: vector calculus; partial derivatives and matrices; line integrals; simple differential equations; surface and volume integrals; and Green's, Stokes', and divergence theorems.

MAE 501 / APC 501 / CBE 509: Mathematical Methods of Engineering Analysis I

Luc Deike

Methods of mathematical analysis for the solution of problems in physics and engineering. Topics include an introduction to linear algebra, matrices and their application, eigenvalue problems, ordinary differential equations (initial and boundary value, eigenvalue problems), nonlinear ordinary differential equations, stability, bifurcations, Sturm-Liouville theory, Green's functions, elements of series solutions and special functions, Laplace and Fourier transform methods, and solutions via perturbation methods, partial differential equation including self-similar solution, separation of variables and method of characteristics.

MAT 321 / APC 321 (QCR): Numerical Methods

Nicholas Marshall

Introduction to numerical methods with emphasis on algorithms, applications and numerical analysis. Topics covered include solution of nonlinear equations; numerical differentiation, integration, and interpolation; direct and iterative methods for solving linear systems; computation of eigenvectors and eigenvalues; and approximation theory. Lectures include mathematical proofs where they provide insight and are supplemented with numerical demos using MATLAB.

MAT 377 / APC 377 (QCR): Combinatorial Mathematics

Noga M. Alon

Introduction to combinatorics, a fundamental mathematical discipline as well as an essential component of many mathematical areas. While in the past many of the basic combinatorial results were at first obtained by ingenuity and detailed reasoning, modern theory has grown out of this early stage and often relies on deep, well-developed tools. Topics include Ramsey Theory, Turan Theorem and Extremal Graph Theory, Probabilistic Argument, Algebraic Methods and Spectral Techniques. Showcases the gems of modern combinatorics.