Math 480/580 : Symmetry Methods for Differential Equations

Instructor: Stéphane Lafortune

Course Text:  Peter E. Hydon, Symmetry Methods for Differential Equation, Cambridge University Press 2000.

Lecture:   TR, 12:00-1:15PM, MAYBANK HALL (MYBK) 223.

Course Description: The general purpose of the course is to learn how to obtain and use Lie symmetries of differential equations. First, we will discuss the concept of continuous symmetries of ordinary differential equations and develop a method to calculate them. Then, we will see how the symmetries can be used to study and solve the equations, starting with one-parameter groups. Next, the case of partial differential equations and their continuous symmetries will be considered. Finally, if time permits, we will discuss how to obtain discrete symmetries of differential equations.

Prerequisite: Math 323.

Grading Policy: 

Important Dates: There will be two midterms, on  February 14 and March 28. The Final Exam will be on April 27th, 12:00-03:00 P.M. The last day to withdraw from the class with a grade of W is February 21.

Important: There will be no make-ups for mid-term exams. If a student misses a mid-term exam for a valid reason, the grade for this exam will be replaced by the grade of the Final exam. There will be a make-up for the Final exam only in the case of a very good reason.

Homework assignments: Homework will be collected each Tuesday. Late homework will be accepted with 10% penalty for each day it is late.  The worst homework grade will be dropped.
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JODE Program

Some other literature:
  1. Olver, Peter J. Applications of Lie groups to differential equations,  second edition, Springer-Verlag, 1993.
  2. Bluman, G. and Kumei, S., Symmetries and Differential Equations, second edition, Springer-Verlag 1989.
  3. Bluman, G. and Arco, S., Symmetry and Integration Methods for Differential Equations, Springer-Verlag 2002.
  4. Ibragimov, N., Elementary Lie Group Analysis and Ordinary Differential Equations, John Wiley & Sons 1999.

Last modified 01-06-2006 by Stéphane Lafortune