© 2009

Partial Differential Equations in Action

From Modelling to Theory


Part of the Universitext book series (UTX)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XV
  2. Sandro Salsa
    Pages 1-12
  3. Sandro Salsa
    Pages 13-101
  4. Sandro Salsa
    Pages 102-155
  5. Sandro Salsa
    Pages 221-301
  6. Sandro Salsa
    Pages 302-366
  7. Sandro Salsa
    Pages 367-430
  8. Sandro Salsa
    Pages 492-529
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 531-556

About this book


This book is designed as an advanced undergraduate or a first-year graduate

course for students from various disciplines like applied mathematics,

physics, engineering.

The main purpose is on the one hand to train the students to appreciate the

interplay between theory and modelling in problems arising in the applied

sciences; on the other hand to give them a solid theoretical background for

numerical methods, such as finite elements.

Accordingly, this textbook is divided into two parts.

The first one has a rather elementary character with the goal of

developing and studying basic problems from the macro-areas of diffusion,

propagation and transport, waves and vibrations. Ideas and connections with

concrete aspects are emphasized whenever possible, in order to provide

intuition and feeling for the subject.

For this part, a knowledge of advanced calculus and ordinary differential

equations is required. Also, the repeated use of the method of separation of

variables assumes some basic results from the theory of Fourier series,

which are summarized in an appendix.

The main topic of the second part is the

development of Hilbert space methods for the variational formulation and

analysis of linear boundary and initial-boundary value problems\emph{. }%

Given the abstract nature of these chapters, an effort has been made to

provide intuition and motivation for the various concepts and results.

The understanding of these topics requires some basic knowledge of Lebesgue

measure and integration, summarized in another appendix.

At the end of each chapter, a number of exercises at different level of

complexity is included. The most demanding problems are supplied with

answers or hints.

The exposition if flexible enough to allow substantial changes without

compromising the comprehension and to facilitate a selection of topics for a

one or two semester course.


Boundary value problem PDR Sobolev space applications methods ordinary differential equation partial differential equation

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Dipartimento di MatematicaPolitecnico di MilanoItaly

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Partial Differential Equations in Action
  • Book Subtitle From Modelling to Theory
  • Authors Sandro Salsa
  • Series Title Universitext
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Milan 2009
  • Publisher Name Springer, Milano
  • eBook Packages Mathematics and Statistics Mathematics and Statistics (R0)
  • Softcover ISBN 978-88-470-0751-2
  • eBook ISBN 978-88-470-0752-9
  • Series ISSN 0172-5939
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XV, 556
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Additional Information Original Italian edition published in the Series: UNITEXT
  • Topics Partial Differential Equations
  • Buy this book on publisher's site
Industry Sectors
Energy, Utilities & Environment
Finance, Business & Banking


From the reviews:

"This book reflects several years of the author’s teaching experience … on partial differential equations taught to students in applied mathematics, physics and engineering. … The book is well-organized and is written in a lucid and rigorous manner. … This highly recommended book is a good resource for a solid course on modern methods and applications of partial differential equations at the advanced undergraduate or introductory graduate level." (Yuri V. Rogovchenko, Zentralblatt MATH, Vol. 1146, 2008)