M 383C/CSE 386C Methods of Applied Mathematics I.

M 383C, Unique #54555    and     CSE 386C, Unique #65800
Fall 2017     


Prof. Todd Arbogast
Office: RLM 11.162, Phone: 512-471-0166
Office: POB 5.334, Phone: 512-475-8628
E-Mail: arbogast@ices.utexas.edu
Office hours: M 1:00-1:50 p.m. and W 12:30-2:30 p.m. Also, unless the instructor has pressing business, he will be available to help students who find him in one of his offices.

Teaching Assistant:

Mr. Abe Frei-Pearson
Office: RLM 12.132
Phone: 512-475-8687
E-Mail: afreipearson@math.utexas.edu
Office hours: Th 9:00-11:00 a.m.


A bound set of lecturer-prepared notes (2017 version) will be available for purchase from the UT Copy Center, Union location, UNB 2.214. A recommended supplemental text is E. Kreyszig, Introductory Functional Analysis with Applications, Wiley, 1978.


MWF 11:00-12:00 p.m., RLM 11.176.

Class Web Sites:

We will use the University's Canvas web site. Please check that your scores are recorded correctly in Canvas. You can access Canvas from my.utexas.edu.

Homework, Exams, and Grades:

Homework will be assigned regularly. Students are encouraged to work in groups; however, each student must write up his or her own work. Two mid-term exams will be given in approximately weeks six and eleven (the weeks of Oct. 2 and Nov. 6). The final exam will be comprehensive and given Tuesday, December 19, 9:00-12:00 noon. Grades will be recorded in the University Canvas system, so students can check their scores directly. The final grade will use the plus/minus system and be based on the homework and the three exams, with somewhat greater emphasis on the final exam.

Course Description:

This is the first semester of a course on methods of applied mathematics. It is open to mathematics, science, engineering, and finance students. It is suitable to prepare graduate students for the Applied Mathematics Preliminary Exam in mathematics and the Area A Preliminary Exam in CSEM. The first semester is an introduction to functional analysis.

Semester I.

  1. Preliminaries (0 weeks)
    1. Elementary Topology
    2. Lebesgue Measure and Integration
    3. Complex Contour Integration
  2. Normed Linear Spaces and Banach Spaces (6 weeks)
    1. Basic Concepts and Definitions
    2. Some Important Examples
    3. Hahn-Banach Theorems
    4. Applications of Hahn-Banach
    5. The Open Mapping Theorem
    6. Uniform Boundedness Principle
    7. The Embedding of X into its Double Dual X**
    8. Compactness and Weak Convergence in a NLS
    9. The Dual of an Operator
  3. Hilbert Spaces (2 weeks)
    1. Basic Properties of Inner-Products
    2. Best Approximation and Orthogonal Projections
    3. The Dual Space
    4. Orthonormal Subsets
    5. Weak Convergence in a Hilbert Space
  4. Spectral Theory and Compact Operators (4 weeks)
    1. Definitions of the Resolvent and Spectrum
    2. Basic Spectral Theory in Banach Spaces
    3. Compact Operators on a Banach Space
    4. Bounded Self-Adjoint Linear Operators on a Hilbert Space
    5. Compact Self-Adjoint Operators on a Hilbert Space
    6. The Ascoli-Arzela Theorem
    7. Sturm-Liouville Theory
  5. Distributions (2 weeks)
    1. The Notion of Generalized Functions
    2. Test Functions
    3. Distributions
    4. Operations with Distributions
    5. Convergence and Approximations to the Identity
    6. Some Applications to Linear Differential Equations
    7. Local Structure of D'
Semester II. (Generally, the following topics are covered.)
  1. The Fourier Transform
  2. Sobolev Spaces
  3. Boundary Value Problems
  4. Differential Calculus in Banach Spaces
  5. The Calculus of Variations

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Counselling and Mental Health Services:

Available at the Counseling and Mental Health Center, Student Services Building (SSB), 5th floor, M-F 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., phone 512-471-3515, web site www.cmhc.utexas.edu.