MAT 341
Applied Real Analysis

Fall 2011

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Results of Final Examination
Class average = 95/140
Stem-and-leaf graph of scores:

13 014
12 01334778
11 02466
10 1489
 9 0123566
 8 00027899
 7 169
 6 233
 4 2
 3 0
 2 0 

Stem-and-leaf graph of final weighted average (out of 200):

19 5
18 222699
17 1334
16 05899
15 04678
14 1678
13 069
12 5689
11 0
10 167
 9 669
 8 0
 7 1
 4 2

Fall 2011 Schedule and Homework
This course is an introduction to Fourier series and to their use in solving partial differential equations. The course focuses on the heat equation, the wave equation and Laplace's equation; these equations are important in applications and also illustrate important properties of p.d.e.'s in general.

Prerequisite: familiarity with basic techniques in ordinary differential equations.

The text is David Powers, Boundary Value Problems, 6th Edition.

Each student should have a scientific calculator.

Grading: Final letter grades will be based on midterms (22.5% each), final exam (40%) and homework (15%). Homework will be collected at the first lecture each week.
Schedule in Fall 2011:
Lecture MWF 10:40-11:35 AM in Earth & Space 079
For more information contact Prof. Anthony Phillips, Mathematics Department, 632-8259.
Email is best: tony at
Grader Ken Knox knoxk at
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August 28, 2011