MA561 - Methods of Applied Math I - Fall 2016

TR 930-11am in MCS B33

Contact Information

Professor: Margaret Beck
Office: MCS 228
Phone: 617-358-3314
Email: mabeck -at-
Office Hours: Tuesdays 2-3:30 and Thursdays 3:30-5

  • Your midterm will cover the material from Chapter 1 in the book, as well as the material from the corresponding lectures. This corresponds to HW1, HW2 and HW3, but please note that there are some topics from the lectures and the book that didn't get covered by those homeworks.
  • Here are pdf files of the midterm and solutions. The average was a 78.
  • The final exam will be cumulative, covering all material from the semester.
  • There will be no lecture on 12/8. I will be in my office from 9:30-10:45 that day and you are welcome to stop by if you have any questions. (Please don't use this for last minute questions regarding the HW that is due essentially at that time.) Please turn in the HW that is due that day by either putting it under my office door or in my mailbox in MCS 142 by 10:45am.
  • I will hold an extra office hour (for students in MA561 only) on Wednesday, 12/14, from 10-1130am. (There will not be office hours on Tues 12/13 or Thurs 12/15.)

Course Info

This course is an undergraduate level introduction to applied partial differential equations.


The main book we will use is If you are on-campus, or logged into BU's VPN client, you should be able to download a .pdf of this book for free. Just go to the above link and click on "Book."