Math 220/CME 303 Homepage, Autumn 2018

Partial Differential Equations of Applied Mathematics

Instructor: András Vasy

Office: 383M

Phone: 723-2226

E-mail: andras "at" math.stanford.edu

Office hours: T3-4:45pm, W 10:45am-12noon. Exception: Wednesday, Nov 14, office hour cancelled. Instead: Tuesday, Nov 13 office hour runs 3-5pm, and special office hour on Thursday morning 9:15-10:15am.

Class location: TTh 1:30-2:50pm, Room Herrin T175.


Course assistant: Rahul Sarkar

E-mail: rsarkar "at" stanford.edu

Tentative office hours: MWTh 4-6pm, Room Herrin T175, with the exception of Oct 15-19, when the times are M 4-7pm, T11am-12noon, T5-7pm, Room TBA, tentatively Huang basement in front of ICME.


Textbook: due to the availability of lecture notes, the following are all `recommended'.

The running syllabus is here.

Grading policy: The grade will be based on the weekly homework (25%), on the in-class midterm exam (30%) and on the in-class (i.e. not take-home, to take place during finals week, as designated by the registrar) final exam (45%).

The homework will be due in class or in the instructor's mailbox by 9am on the designated day, which will usually (but not always) be Fridays. You are allowed to discuss the homework with others in the class, but you must write up your homework solution by yourself. Thus, you should understand the solution, and be able to reproduce it yourself. This ensures that, apart from satisfying a requirement for this class, you can solve the similar problems that are likely to arise on the exams.


The midterm is on Thursday, November 1, in class!

The exam is 75 minutes. Please arrive a few minutes early (so by 1:25) so that we can start on time. The exam is closed book, notes, computers, etc.

To prepare for the exam, first read through the lecture notes, then go through the problem sets, and finally attempt the practice exam (which was an actual exam in 2009).

There is a practice midterm with solutions.

The midterm has been graded!

The mean and median were about 62/100. There are no letter grades on the midterm; it is the total score for the course that determines the course letter grade. As a rough guide to help you gauge what the midterm means for the course, scores in the 90s might correspond to an A+, from the high 70s to the 80s an A, the rest of the 70s to A- or B+, the mid 50s-60s a B, mid 40s-low 50s a B-, upper 30s-low 40s a C+, low-mid 30s C, upper 20s C- or D+, rest of the 20s D.

The exam and solutions are available!


The registrar has confirmed that the final exam will be on Monday, December 10, 12:15-3:15pm, in room Herrin T175 (usual classroom).

The final has been graded!

The mean and median were about 120/150. There are no letter grades on the final; it is the total score for the course that determines the course letter grade.

The exam covers all the material we went through this quarter with an emphasis on the second half of the quarter. Please arrive a few minutes early (so by 12:10) so that we can start on time. The exam is closed book, notes, computers, etc.

To prepare for the exam, first read through the lecture notes, then go through the problem sets, and finally attempt the practice exam (which was an actual exam in 2009).

There is a practice final with solutions.


Lecture Notes

Below are the lecture notes. Note that these are restricted to Stanford students, and they should not be more broadly circulated.

Problem Sets