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ELEC443 Boundary Value Problems of Mathematical Physics

Solution methods for boundary-value problems that frequently arise in mathematical physics. Analytic solutions using Green's functions and distribution theory. Computed solutions using the boundary element method.

Paper title Boundary Value Problems of Mathematical Physics
Paper code ELEC443
Subject Electronics
EFTS 0.0833
Points 10 points
Teaching period Not offered in 2019
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $653.49
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $2,757.23

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Limited to
BSc(Hons), PGDipSci, MSc, MAppSc

Associate Professor Colin Fox (

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Learning Outcomes
By the end of the module students are expected to be able to:
  1. Perform simple manipulations using distributional calculus, in particular find distributional solutions to some simple differential equations
  2. Know the defining properties of classical, weak and distributional solutions to differential equations
  3. Know the defining properties of fundamental solutions and Green's functions
  4. Find Green's functions for linear ordinary differential boundary value problems, including initial-value problems
  5. Find the adjoint operator and adjoint boundary value problem associated with a linear partial differential boundary value problem
  6. Derive Green's theorem for arbitrary second-order linear partial differential equations with (classical) boundary conditions
  7. Use fundamental solutions or Green's functions within Green's theorem to write an integral solution to a linear boundary value problem
  8. Derive the boundary integral equation for second-order elliptic boundary value problems
  9. State the steps required for a rudimentary boundary element method
  10. Code up a boundary element method in MatLab or Python that solves an elliptic problem

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Not offered in 2019

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