9: School of Graduate Engineering and Applied Science

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Applied Mathematics

APMA 507 - (3) (Y)
Numerical Methods

Prerequisites: Two years of college mathematics, including some linear algebra and differential equations, and the ability to write computer programs
Introduction to techniques used in obtaining numerical solutions, with emphasis on error estimation. Areas of application studied include approximation and integration of functions, solution of algebraic and differential equations.

APMA 513 - (3) (Y)
Vector Calculus and Complex Variables

Prerequisite: Two years of undergraduate mathematics
Analysis of plane and three-dimensional curves, directional derivative, gradient; Line integrals; conservative force fields; surface and volume integrals; divergence and Stokesí theorems; the geometry and algebra of complex numbers; the exponential, logarithm, and other elementary functions; analytic functions; the Cauchy-Riemann equations; Laplaceís equation; fluid flow; contour integrals; Cauchyís theorem and integral formula; the residue theorem; Laurentís expansion; and the evaluation of real-valued, definite integrals.

APMA 541 - (3) (Y-SS)
Engineering Mathematics

Prerequisites: Four semesters of calculus including ordinary differential equations
Topics include the solution of the heat, potential, and wave equation in rectangular and polar coordinates; separation of variables and eigenfunction expansion techniques for nonhomogeneous boundary-value problems.

APMA 602 - (3) (Y)
Continuum Mechanics With Applications

Prerequisite: Permission of instructor
Introduction to continuum mechanics and mechanics of deformable solids. Vectors and Cartesian tensors, stress, strain, deformation, equations of motion, constitutive laws, introduction to elasticity, thermal elasticity, viscoelasticity, plasticity, and fluids. Cross-listed as AM 602, CE 602, MAE 602.

APMA 613 - (3) (Y)
Mathematical Foundations of Continuum Mechanics

Prerequisites: Linear Algebra, Vector Calculus, Elementary PDE (or concurrently)
Describes the mathematical foundations of continuum mechanics from a unified viewpoint. Review of relevant concepts from linear algebra, vector calculus and Cartesian tensors. Kinematics of finite deformations and motions; finite strain measures; linearization. Concept of stress; conservation laws of mechanics, and equations of motion and equilibrium. Constitutive theory, constitutive laws for nonlinear elasticity; generalized Hookeís law for a linearly elastic solid. Constitutive laws for Newtonian and non-Newtonian fluids. Basic problems of continuum mechanics as boundary-value problems for partial differential equations. Cross-listed as AM 613.

APMA 615 - (3) (Y)
Linear Algebra

Prerequisite: Three years of college mathematics or permission of instructor
Analysis of systems of linear equations; least squares procedures for solving over-determined systems; finite dimensional vector spaces; linear transformations and their representation by matrices; determinants; Jordan canonical form; unitary reduction of symmetric and Hermitian forms; eigenvalues; and invariant subspaces.

APMA 618 - (3) (SI)
Reliability and Risk Analysis

Prerequisite: APMA 310 or permission of instructor
Probability and statistics applied to analyzing reliability and/or availability of engineering components and systems; probability distributions for failures and failure times of engineering components; fault tree analysis of designed systems for probability of failure and associated risk predictions. Cross-listed as NE 618.

APMA 634 - (3) (Y)
Numerical Analysis

Prerequisites: Two years of college mathematics, including some linear algebra, and the ability to write computer programs
Topics include the solution of systems of linear and nonlinear equations, calculations of matrix eigenvalues, least squares problems, boundary value problems in ordinary and partial differential equations.

APMA 637 - (3) (O)
Singular Perturbation Theory

Prerequisites: APMA 315, 513 or equivalent
Analysis of regular perturbations; roots of polynomials; singular perturbations in ODEís; periodic solutions of simple nonlinear differential equations; multiple-Scales method; WKBJ approximation; turning-point problems; Langerís method of uniform approximation; asymptotic behavior of integrals; Laplace Integrals; stationary phase; steepest descents. Examples drawn from physical systems. Cross-listed as MAE 637.

APMA 642 - (3) (Y)
Engineering Mathematics II

Prerequisites: APMA 341 or APMA 541, and complex variables
Analysis of methods of solution of linear partial differential equations; Greenís functions; transform methods; asymptotic expansions; and the solution of a variety of linear boundary/initial value problems in various coordinate systems.

APMA 643 - (3) (SI)
Statistics for Engineers and Scientists

Prerequisite: Admission to graduate studies
Analysis of the role of statistics in science; hypothesis tests of significance; confidence intervals; design of experiments; regression; correlation analysis; analysis of variance; and introduction to statistical computing with statistical software libraries.

APMA 648 - (3) (SI)
Special Topics in Applied Mathematics

Prerequisite: Permission of instructor
Topics vary from year to year and are selected to fill special needs of graduate students.

APMA 672 - (3) (Y)
Computational Fluid Dynamics I

Prerequisite: MAE 631 or permission of instructor
Topics include the solution of flow and heat transfer problems involving steady and transient convective and diffusive transport; superposition and panel methods for inviscid flow; finite-difference methods for elliptic, parabolic and hyperbolic partial differential equations; elementary grid generation for odd geometries; primitive variable and vorticity-steam function algorithms for incompressible, multidimensional flows. Extensive use of personal computers/workstations including graphics. Cross-listed as MAE 672.

APMA 693 - (Credit as arranged) (SI)
Independent Study

Detailed study of graduate-level material on an independent basis under the guidance of a faculty member.

APMA 695 - (Credit as arranged) (Y)
Supervised Project Research

Formal record of student commitment to project research under the guidance of a faculty advisor. Registration may be repeated as necessary.

APMA 702 - (3) (Y)
Applied Partial Differential Equations I

Prerequisites: APMA 642 or equivalent
Topics include first order partial differential equations (linear, quasilinear, nonlinear); classification of equations and characteristics; well-posedness of initial and boundary value problems.

APMA 706 - (3) (O)
Dynamical Systems and Control

Prerequisites: Undergraduate differential equations, linear algebra, real analysis or advanced calculus
Topics include the classical theory of ordinary differential and difference equations and some new directions that the subject has taken in recent years: existence and uniqueness of solutions; dependence on parameters; fundamental matrices; Floquet theory; Lyapunov stability; limit cycles; Poincare-Bendixson theorem; the invariance principle; limit sets; Lie theory and exact computer solutions using MATHEMATICA; chaotic dynamics; Lyapunov exponents; homoclinic points; controllability of linear and nonlinear equations; modern feedback theory of pole placement; state decoupling; and reduction of control dimension.

APMA 708 - (3) (SI)
Inelastic Solid Mechanics

Prerequisite: AM 602
Emphasizes the formulation of a variety of nonlinear models. Specific topics discussed include nonlinear elasticity, creep, visco-elasticity, and elasto-plasticity. Solutions to boundary value problems of practical interest are presented in the context of these various theories in order to illustrate the differences in stress distributions caused by different types of material nonlinearities. Cross-listed as AM 708.

APMA 714 - (3) (Y)
Nonlinear Elasticity Theory

Prerequisite: AM/APMA 602
Describes the theory of finite (nonlinear) elasticity governing large deformations of highly deformable elastic solids. New features not present in the linear theory are emphasized. These include instabilities (both material and geometric), normal stress effects, non-uniqueness, bifurcations and stress singularities. A variety of illustrative boundary value problems is discussed which exhibit some of the foregoing features. Both physical and mathematical implications are considered. The results are applicable to rubber-like and biological materials and the theory serves as a prototype for more elaborate nonlinear theories of mechanics of continuous media. Cross-listed as AM 714.

APMA 734 - (3) (Y)
Numerical Solution of Partial Differential Equations

Prerequisite: One or more graduate courses in applied mathematics or mathematics
Topics include the numerical solution of elliptic equations by finite element methods; solution of time dependent problems by finite element and finite difference methods; stability and convergence results for the methods presented.

APMA 738 - (3) (SI)
Nonlinear Dynamics and Waves

Prerequisites: APMA/MAE 637 or permission of instructor
Analysis of the application of phase plane methods; singular perturbation theory; inverse scattering; and related techniques to the study of free and forced nonlinear vibrations; nonlinear stability and bifurcations, and nonlinear wave motions. Examples are drawn from mechanics and fluid dynamics. Cross-listed as MAE 738.

APMA 747, 748 - (3) (Y)
Selected Topics in Applied Mathematics

Prerequisite: Permission of instructor
Course content varies from year to year and depends on the studentsí interest and needs. Topics suitable for a semesterís work could be wave propagation theory, shell theory, control theory, or advanced numerical analysis.

APMA 767 - (3) (SI)
Micromechanics of Heterogeneous Media

Prerequisite: APMA 602
Topics include averaging principles; equivalent homogeneity; effective moduli; bounding principles; self-consistent schemes; composite spheres; concentric cylinders; three phase model; repeating cell models; inelastic and nonlinear effects; thermal effects; isotropic and anisotropic media; strength and fracture. Cross-listed as AM 767, CE 767.

APMA 772 - (3) (Y)
Computational Fluid Dynamics II

Prerequisite: APMA 672 or equivalent
A continuation of APMA 672. More advanced methods for grid generation, transformation of governing equations for odd geometries, methods for compressible flows, methods for parabolic flows, calculations using vector and parallel computers. Use of personal computers/workstations/supercomputer including graphics. Cross-listed as MAE 772.

APMA 792 - Credit as arranged (SI)
Independent Study

Detailed study of advanced graduate-level material on an independent basis under the guidance of a faculty member.

APMA 847, 848 - (3) (SI)
Advanced Topics in Applied Mathematics

Prerequisite: Permission of instructor
Course content varies from year to year and depends on studentsí interests and needs. See APMA 747 for possible topics.

APMA 895 - (Credit as arranged) (S-SS)
Supervised Project Research

Formal record of student commitment to project research for Master of Applied Mathematics degree under the guidance of a faculty advisor. Registration may be repeated as necessary.

APMA 897 - (Credit as arranged) (S)
Graduate Teaching Instruction

For masterís students.

APMA 898 - (Credit as arranged) (S-SS)
Thesis

Formal record of student commitment to masterís thesis research under the guidance of a faculty advisor. Registration may be repeated as necessary.

APMA 997 - (Credit as arranged) (S)
Graduate Teaching Instruction

For doctoral students.

APMA 999 - (Credit as arranged) (S-SS)
Dissertation

Formal record of student commitment to doctoral research under the guidance of a faculty advisor. May be repeated as necessary.


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