Mathematics (MATH) 476

Partial Differential Equations (Revision 1)

MATH 476 Course cover

Delivery Mode: Individualized study online

Credits: 3

Area of Study: Science

Prerequisite: MATH 270, MATH 365, MATH 366, and MATH 376, from Athabasca University; or equivalent courses from another institution.

Faculty: Faculty of Science & Technology

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Mathematics 476: Partial Differential Equations considers significant topics in this area of mathematics (see the unit list, below).


Mathematics 476 consists of the four units listed below:

  • Unit 1: The Diffusion / Heat Equation
  • Unit 2: The Wave Equation in One Dimension
  • Unit 3: Higher-dimensional Partial Differential Equations
  • Unit 4: Fourier and Laplace Transform Solutions of Partial Differential Equations


To receive credit for Mathematics 476, you must achieve a minimum grade of “D” (50 percent) on the final examination, and an overall grade of “D” (50 percent) for the entire course. The weighting of the composite grade is as follows:

Assignment 1 Assignment 2 Assignment 3 Assignment 4 Final Exam Total
7.5% 7.5% 7.5% 7.5% 70% 100%

To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.

Course Materials


Haberman, Richard. Applied Partial Differential Equations with Fourier Series and Boundary Value Problems (5th ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Education Inc., 2012.

Other Materials

The course materials also include an online study guide and a course manual.

Athabasca University reserves the right to amend course outlines occasionally and without notice. Courses offered by other delivery methods may vary from their individualized-study counterparts.

Opened in Revision 1, April 30, 2013.