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  • 8:33 PM, Tuesday, 22 Sep 2020

Course Postgraduate
Semester Sem. I
Subject Code AE601
Subject Title Mathematical Methods in Aerospace Engineering


Review of Ordinary Differential Equations: analytical methods, stability – Fourier series, orthogonal functions, Fourier integrals, Fourier transform – Partial Differential Equations: first-order PDEs, method of characteristics, linear advection equation, Burgers’ equation, shock formation, Rankine-Hogoniot jump condition; classification, canonical forms; Laplace equation, minmax principle, cylindrical coordinates; heat equation, method of separation of variables, similarity transformation method; wave equation, d’Alembert solution – Calculus of Variations: standard variational problems, Euler-Lagrange equation and its applications, isoperimetric problems, Rayleigh-Ritz method, Hamilton’s principle of least action.

Text Books

Same as Reference


1. Brown, J. W. and Churchill, R. V., Fourier Series and Boundary Value Problems, 8th ed., McGraw-Hill, (2012).

2. Bleecker, D. D. and Csordas, G., Basic Partial Differential Equations, Chapman & Hall (1995).

3. Myint-U, T. and Debnath, L., Linear Partial Differential Equations for Scientists and Engineers, 4th ed., Birkhauser (2006).

4. Strauss, W. A., Partial Differential Equations: An Introduction, 2nd ed., John Wiley (2007).

5. Kot, M., A First Course in the Calculus of Variations, American Math Society (2014).

6. Gelfand, I. M. and Fomin, S. V., Calculus of Variations, Prentice Hall (1963).

7. Arfken, G. B., Weber, H. J., and Harris, F. E., Mathematical Methods for Physicists, 7th ed., Academic Press (2012).

8. Greenberg, M. D., Advanced Engineering Mathematics, 2nd ed., Pearson (1998).