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Partial Differential Equations
(dt. Partielle Differentialgleichungen)

Level, degree of commitment Specialization module, depends on importing study program
Forms of teaching and learning,
Lecture (4 SWS), recitation class (2 SWS),
270 hours (90 h attendance, 180 h private study)
Credit points,
formal requirements
9 CP
Course requirement(s): Successful completion of at least 50 percent of the points from the weekly exercises.
Examination type: Written or oral examination (individual examination)
The grading is done with 0 to 15 points according to the examination regulations for the degree program M.Sc. Mathematics.
Subject, Origin Mathematics, M.Sc. Mathematics
One semester,
Regularly alternating with other advanced modules im Gebiet Analysis
Person in charge of the module's outline Prof. Dr. Ilka Agricola, Prof. Dr. Pablo Ramacher


  • classical partial differential equations (Laplace equation, wave equation, heat equation)
  • distributions, fundamental solutions of differential operators, Sobolev spaces
  • weak solutions, boundary value problems for partial differential equations

Qualification Goals

Students will

  • understand differential equations as a means of mathematical modeling and can use them,
  • can apply knowledge from functional analysis to the systematic theory of partial differential equations,
  • have deepened mathematical working methods(developing mathematical intuition and its formal justification, abstraction, proof),
  • have improved their oral communication skills in the exercises by practicing free speech in front of an audience and in discussion.


None. The competences taught in the following modules are recommended: either Linear Algebra I and Linear Algebra II or Basic Linear Algebra or Linear Algebra incl. Foundations of Mathematics, either Analysis I and Analysis II or Basic Real Analysis or Analysis I and Analysis II.

Recommended Reading

  • Lawrence Evans, Partial differential equations. AMS, 1998.
  • G.B. Folland, Introduction to Partial Differential Equations,
  • Princeton University Press, 1995.

Please note:

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