Math 553: Asymptotic Analysis and Perturbation Methods (Fall 2016) (6033)

Asymptotic analysis and perturbation methods provide powerful techniques in applied mathematics for obtaining simple analytical forms to reliably approximate solutions to complicated problems in a range of different mathematical settings. This course will cover material on asymptotic expansions, solution of nonlinear algebraic equations, regular and singular perturbations problems, perturbations of matrix eigenvalue problems, asymptotics of integrals - Fourier and Laplace transforms, and solutions of differential equations - WKB theory, eigenvalue problems, multiple-scale analysis, boundary layers, and matched asymptotic expansions.

Textbook: Advanced Mathematical Methods for Scientists and Engineers by C.M. Bender and S. A. Orszag, (1999)


Background in ordinary differential differential equations (Math 353, 356 or higher), basic background in multi-variable calculus (line integrals or contour integrals from complex variables).


Tues, Thurs 4:40-5:55pm, Room 259 Physics Building


Thomas Witelski, Professor, Dept of Math

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