TMA6 due soon
I suppose I’d better read unit 24 thoroughly, and get the final TMA question done since the assignment is due in just over a week.
The reason for falling behind a little is that I’ve been heavily side-tracked by pre-start MS324 study, and concurrent reading of two excellent texts: Partial Differential Equations for Scientists and Engineers (Farlow, 414 pages), and Basic Partial Differential Equaions (Bleecker and Csordas, 735 pages). Both are in the book links section at the top of this blog’s main page.
Farlow’s book seems, as the title would suggest, to be more heavily weighted toward application of PDEs than outright theory.
Bleecker and Csordas, on the other hand, seems more oriented toward exploring the underlying maths, though it’s early days for both books and I am certainly in no position to critique them or offer anything beyond first impressions.
Both are accessible with MST209-level knowledge, though both also require me to sit down with pen and paper and think long and hard about some of the line-by-line steps taken.
I’ll spend the next five days on MST209 unit 24 and hopefully post it next Monday, at which point 6/7ths of the course reading will be complete. As many others have said, MST209 is one very long, relentless programme of study.