Partial Differential Equations

By Prof. Alaka Das   |   Jadavpur University
Learners enrolled: 1220

Partial differential equations (PDE) is an important branch of Science. It has many applications in various physical and engineering problems. Thus the proposed course  is helpful to the learners from Mathematics, Physics and Engineering background. 

In this course mainly we have attempted to give some ideas about first order and second order linear PDE. Nonlinear PDE is discussed in the last Chapter shortly. The method of solving first-order and second order equations are illustrated taking many examples. There are also problems for self- assessment with answer. The entire course is divided into ten Chapters. Each Chapter is broken into few modules. The video and text of the modules are available on enrolment to this course. The enrolment for July 2021 semester has been started and will end on 31st  August, 2021. The enrolment to this course is free of cost.

If the leaner find any difficulty to understand some problem, that can be discussed in the discussion forum in which course coordinator is also a member.

After completion of this course one may apply for a certificate.

Course Status : Ongoing
Course Type : Core
Duration : 15 weeks
Start Date : 05 Jul 2021
End Date : 31 Oct 2021
Exam Date : 13 Nov 2021 IST
Enrollment Ends : 15 Sep 2021
Category :
  • Mathematics
Credit Points : 4
Level : Postgraduate

Course layout

Chapter 1- Basic Concepts of Partial Differential Equations

Chapter 2- First Order Partial Differential Equations

Chapter 3- Second Order Partial Differential Equations

Chapter 4- Elliptic Differential Equations

Chapter 5- Parabolic Differential Equations

Chapter 6- Hyperbolic Differential Equations

Chapter 7- Integral Transform Methods of Solving Partial Differential Equations

Chapter 8- Green’s Function of solving Partial Differential Equations

Chapter 9- Eigenfunction Approach

Chapter 10- Nonlinear Partial Differential Equations

Week 1: Chapter 1

Week 2: Chapter 1 and 2

Week 3: Chapter 2

Week 4: Chapter 3

Week 5: Chapter 4

Week 6: Chapter 5

Week 7: Chapter 6

Week 8: Revision of Chapter 1-6 and Assessment on Chapter 1-6

Week 9: Chapter 7

Week 10: Chapter 7

Week 11: Chapter 8

Week 12:Chapter 9

Week 13: Chapter 10

Week 14: Chapter 10

Week 15: Revision of Chapter 7-10 and Assessment from the entire syllabus

Books and references

[1] Carrier, G. F. and Pearson, C.F.: Partial Differential Equations -Theory and Technique, Academic Press, New York (1976).


[2] Chester, C. R. : Tecniques in Partial Differential Equations, Macgraw-Hill,NewYork (1971).


[3] Duchaleau, P. and Zachmann, D.W.: Partial Differential Equations, (Schaum’s Outline Series in Mathematics), McGraw -Hill, NewYork (1968).


[4] Greenberg, M. : Applications of Green’s Functions in Science and Engineering, Prentice -Hall, Eaglewood Cliffs, New Jersey (1971).


[5] John. F. : Partial Differential Equations, Springer -Verlag, NewYork (1971).


[6] Machie, A. G. : Boundary Value Problems, Oliver & Boyd, London (1965).


[7] Mynt -U, T. : Partial Differential Equations of Mathematical Physics, American Elesevier Publishing Co, Inc. (1973).


[8] Mynt -U, T and Debnath, L. : Linear Partial Differential Equations for Scientists and Engineers, Birkhäuser, Boston (2007).


[9] Rao, K. Sankara : Introduction to Partial Differential Equations, Prentice-Hall of India Private Limited, New Delhi (1997).


[10] Sanyal. D.C. : Partial Differential Equations, (Study Material), Netaji

 Subhas Open University, Kolkata.


[11] Sharma, J. N. and Sing, K. : Partial Differential Equations for Engineers and Scientists, Narosa Publishing House, New Delhi (2001).


[12] Sneddon, I. N. : Elements of Partial Differential Equations, McGraw Hill Book Co, Singapur (1986).


[13] Stephenson, G. : An Introduction to Partial Differential Equations for Science Students, ELBS series & Longman, London (1977).


[14] Tychonov, A. N. and Samarki, A. A. : Partial Differential Equations of Mathematical Physics, Vol -I, Holden -Day, London (1964).


[15] Weinberger, H. F. : A first Course in Partial Differential Equations, Blaisdell Publishing Co., New York (1965).

Instructor bio

Prof. Alaka Das

Jadavpur University
Educational Qualification: M. Sc (Applied Mathematics, CU), Ph.D (ISI & JU)  
Teaching Experience : 20 years in UG and PG level

Research Interest: Hydrodynamic and Hydromagnetic Instabilities, Dynamical Systems, Nonlinear Dynamics

Research Experience: 23 years 

Previous MOOC courses : 1) August 2018 with number of enrolments 798
                                           2) January 2019 with number of enrolments 614
                                           3) January 2020 with number of enrolment 1666
                                           4) July 2020 with number of enrolment 1857
                                           5) January 2021 with number of enrolment 1283

Course certificate

At the end of this course an examination will be conducted  by CEC, UGC.   After successful completion of examination, a certificate will be issued by the host University after payment of registration fees. All information will be notified in the SWAYAM platform.

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