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AMATH 200s


AMATH 231 LEC,TST,TUT 0.50Course ID: 003316
Calculus 4
Vector integral calculus-line integrals, surface integrals and vector fields, Green's theorem, the Divergence theorem, and Stokes' theorem. Applications include conservation laws, fluid flow and electromagnetic fields. An introduction to Fourier analysis. Fourier series and the Fourier transform. Parseval's formula. Frequency analysis of signals. Discrete and continuous spectra. [Offered: F,W,S]
Prereq: MATH 237 or 247; Not open to General Mathematics students.
Antireq: MATH 207, 212/ECE 206, MATH 217, 227

AMATH 242 LAB,LEC 0.50Course ID: 011363
Introduction to Computational Mathematics
A rigorous introduction to the field of computational mathematics. The focus is on the interplay between continuous models and their solution via discrete processes. Topics include: pitfalls in computation, solution of linear systems, interpolation, discrete Fourier transforms and numerical integration. Applications are used as motivation.
[Note: This course may be substituted for CS 370 in any degree plan or for prerequisite purposes; lab is not scheduled and students are expected to find time in open hours to complete their work. Offered: W,S]
Prereq: (One of CS 116, 136, 138, 146), MATH 235 or 245, 237 or 247; Not open to General Mathematics students.
Antireq: CS 335, 370, MTE 204
(Cross-listed with CS 371)

AMATH 250 LEC,TST,TUT 0.50Course ID: 003317
Introduction to Differential Equations
Physical systems which lead to differential equations (examples include mechanical vibrations, population dynamics, and mixing processes). Dimensional analysis and dimensionless variables. Solving linear differential equations: first- and second-order scalar equations and first-order vector equations. Laplace transform methods of solving differential equations. [Offered: F,W,S]
Prereq: (MATH 106 or 114 or 115 or 136 or 146 or NE 112) and (MATH 128 or 138 or 148).
Antireq: AMATH 251, 350, MATH 218, 228

AMATH 251 LEC,TUT 0.50Course ID: 014120
Introduction to Differential Equations (Advanced level)
AMATH 251 is an advanced-level version of AMATH 250. Compared to AMATH 250, AMATH 251 offers a more theoretical treatment of differential equations and solution methods. In addition, emphasis will be placed on computational analysis of differential equations and on applications in science and engineering.
[Note: AMATH 251 may be substituted for AMATH 250 whenever the latter is a requirement in an Honours plan. Offered: F]
Prereq: (MATH 106 or 114 or 115 or 136 or 146 or NE 112) and (MATH 128 or 138 or 148).
Antireq: AMATH 250, 350, MATH 218, 228

AMATH 271 LEC 0.50Course ID: 013864
Introduction to Theoretical Mechanics
Dimensional Analysis, Newtonian dynamics, gravity and the two-body problem, Introduction to Hamiltonian Mechanics, Non-conservative forces, Oscillations, Introduction to Special Relativity [Offered: F]
Prereq: MATH 138, PHYS 121; Not open to General Mathematics students.
Coreq: (AMATH 250 or 251 or MATH 228), MATH 235, 237.
Antireq: PHYS 263

AMATH 300s


AMATH 331 LEC 0.50Course ID: 003323
Applied Real Analysis
Topology of Euclidean spaces, continuity, norms, completeness. Contraction mapping principle. Fourier series. Various applications, for example, to ordinary differential equations, optimization and numerical approximation.
[Note: PMATH 351 may be substituted for AMATH/PMATH 331 whenever the latter is a requirement in an Honours plan. Offered: F,W]
Prereq: MATH 237 or 247; Not open to General Mathematics students
(Cross-listed with PMATH 331)

AMATH 332 LEC 0.50Course ID: 003324
Applied Complex Analysis
Complex numbers, Cauchy-Riemann equations, analytic functions, conformal maps and applications to the solution of Laplace's equation, contour integrals, Cauchy integral formula, Taylor and Laurent expansions, residue calculus and applications.
[Note: PMATH 352 may be substituted for AMATH/PMATH 332 whenever the latter is a requirement in an Honours plan. Offered: W,S]
Prereq: MATH 237 or 247; Not open to General Mathematics students.
Antireq: PHYS 365
(Cross-listed with PMATH 332)

AMATH 342 LAB,LEC 0.50Course ID: 011451
Computational Methods for Differential Equations
An introduction to numerical methods for ordinary and partial differential equations. Ordinary differential equations: multistep and Runge-Kutta methods; stability and convergence; systems and stiffness; boundary value problems. Partial differential equations: finite difference methods for elliptic, hyperbolic and parabolic equations; stability and convergence. The course focuses on introducing widely used methods and highlights applications in the natural sciences, the health sciences, engineering and finance. [Offered: F,W]
Prereq: AMATH 242/341/CS 371 and (One of AMATH 250, 251, 350 or MATH 218, 228); Not open to General Mathematics students

AMATH 343 LEC 0.50Course ID: 003328
Discrete Models in Applied Mathematics
Difference equations, Laplace and z transforms applied to discrete (and continuous) mathematical models taken from ecology, biology, economics and other fields. [Offered: W]
Prereq: MATH 128 or 138 or 148

AMATH 350 LEC,TST 0.50Course ID: 012744
Differential Equations for Business and Economics
First order ordinary differential equations. Applications to continuous compounding and the dynamics of supply and demand. Higher order linear ordinary differential equations. Systems of linear ordinary differential equations. Introduction to linear partial differential equations. The Fourier Transform and the diffusion equation. Discussion of the Black-Scholes partial differential equations, and solutions thereof. [Offered: F,W]
Prereq: MATH 136 or 146, 237 or 247, STAT 230or240 &(one of AFM 272/ACTSC 291,ACTSC 371,ECON 371,BUS 393W);Lev at least 3A;Not open to GenMath stdts.
Antireq: AMATH 250,251,351,353,CIVE 222, ENVE 223,MATH 211/ECE 205,MATH 218,228,ME 203,PHYS 364,SYDE 211

AMATH 351 LEC,TUT 0.50Course ID: 003329
Ordinary Differential Equations 2
Second order linear differential equations with non-constant coefficients, Sturm comparison, oscillation and separation theorems, series solutions and special functions. Linear vector differential equations in Rn, an introduction to dynamical systems. Laplace transforms applied to linear vector differential equations, transfer functions, the convolution theorem. Perturbation methods for differential equations. Numerical methods for differential equations. Applications are discussed throughout. [Offered: F,S]
Prereq: AMATH 250 or 251 and MATH 237 or 247; Level at least 3A; Not open to General Mathematics students.
Antireq: AMATH 350

AMATH 353 LEC,TUT 0.50Course ID: 003330
Partial Differential Equations 1
Second order linear partial differential equations - the diffusion equation, wave equation, and Laplace's equation. Methods of solution - separation of variables and eigenfunction expansions, the Fourier transform. Physical interpretation of solutions in terms of diffusion, waves and steady states. First order non-linear partial differential equations and the method of characteristics. Applications are emphasized throughout. [Offered: W,S]
Prereq: AMATH 231 and (one of AMATH 250 or 251, MATH 211/ECE 205, MATH 218, 228); Not open to General Mathematics students.
Antireq: AMATH 350, PHYS 364

AMATH 361 LEC 0.50Course ID: 003331
Continuum Mechanics
Stress and strain tensors; analysis of stress and strain. Lagrangian and Eulerian methods for describing flow. Equations of continuity, motion and energy, constitutive equations. Navier-Stokes equation. Basic equations of elasticity. Various applications. [Offered: W]
Prereq: AMATH 231 and (AMATH 271 or PHYS 263); Not open to General Mathematics students.
Coreq: AMATH 351 and (AMATH 353 or PHYS 364)

AMATH 373 LEC 0.50Course ID: 003338
Quantum Theory 1
Critical experiments and old quantum theory. Basic concepts of quantum mechanics: observables, wavefunctions, Hamiltonians and the Schroedinger equation. Uncertainty, correspondence and superposition principles. Simple applications to finite and extended one-dimensional systems, harmonic oscillator, rigid rotor and hydrogen atom. [Offered: W]
Prereq: AMATH 231 and (AMATH 271 or PHYS 263) and PHYS 234; Not open to General Mathematics students.
Antireq: PHYS 334

AMATH 382 LEC,TUT 0.50Course ID: 011910
Computational Modelling of Cellular Systems
An introduction to dynamic mathematical modeling of cellular processes. The emphasis is on using computational tools to investigate differential equation-based models. A variety of cellular phenomena are discussed, including ion pumps, membrane potentials, intercellular communication, genetic networks, regulation of metabolic pathways, and signal transduction.
[Note: Offered in the winter of even numbered years.]
Prereq: One of MATH 118, 119, 128, 138, 148; Third year standing in an Honours plan
(Cross-listed with BIOL 382)

AMATH 383 LEC 0.50Course ID: 014749
Introduction to Mathematical Biology
An introduction to the mathematical modelling of biological processes, with emphasis on population biology. Topics include ecology, epidemiology, microbiology, and physiology. Techniques include difference equations, ordinary differential equations, partial differential equations, stability analysis, phase plane analysis, travelling wave solutions, mathematical software. Includes collaborative projects and computer labs.
[Note: Offered in the winter of odd numbered years.]
Prereq: (One of MATH 106, 114, 115, 136, 146) and (One of AMATH 250, 251, 350 or MATH 218, 228) and (One of STAT 202, 206, 211, 220, 230, 231, 241)

AMATH 390 LEC 0.50Course ID: 014564
Mathematics and Music
An introduction to some of the deep connections between mathematics and music. Topics covered include: acoustics, including pitch and harmonics, basic Fourier analysis, the mathematics behind the differing pitch and timbre of string, wind and percussion instruments, scales and temperaments, digital music, musical synthesis.
[Note: Offered in the fall of even years.]
Prereq: One of MATH 118, 119, 128, 138, 148; Level at least 3A; Not open to General Mathematics students

AMATH 391 LEC 0.50Course ID: 012282
From Fourier to Wavelets
An introduction to contemporary mathematical concepts in signal analysis. Fourier series and Fourier transforms (FFT), the classical sampling theorem and the time-frequency uncertainty principle. Wavelets and multiresolution analysis. Applications include oversampling, denoising of audio, data compression and singularity detection.
[Note: Offered in the fall of odd years.]
Prereq: (One of AMATH 231, ECE 342, PHYS 364, SYDE 252) and (One of MATH 114, 115, 136, 146, SYDE 114); Not open to General Mathematics students

AMATH 400s


AMATH 442 LAB,LEC 0.50Course ID: 011448
Computational Methods for Partial Differential Equations
This course studies several classes of methods for the numerical solution of partial differential equations in multiple dimensions on structured and unstructured grids. Finite volume methods for hyperbolic conservation laws: linear and nonlinear hyperbolic systems; stability; numerical conservation. Finite element methods for elliptic and parabolic equations: weak forms; existence of solutions; optimal convergence; higher-order methods. Examples from fluid and solid mechanics. Additional topics as time permits. [Offered: F]
Prereq: AMATH 342; Not open to General Mathematics students

AMATH 451 LEC 0.50Course ID: 003354
Introduction to Dynamical Systems
A unified view of linear and nonlinear systems of ordinary differential equations in Rn. Flow operators and their classification: contractions, expansions, hyperbolic flows. Stable and unstable manifolds. Phase-space analysis. Nonlinear systems, stability of equilibria and Lyapunov functions. The special case of flows in the plane, Poincare-Bendixson theorem and limit cycles. Applications to physical problems will be a motivating influence. [Offered: W]
Prereq: AMATH 351; Not open to General Mathematics students

AMATH 453 LEC,TUT 0.50Course ID: 003355
Partial Differential Equations 2
A thorough discussion of the class of second-order linear partial differential equations with constant coefficients, in two independent variables. Laplace's equation, the wave equation and the heat equation in higher dimensions. Theoretical/qualitative aspects: well-posed problems, maximum principles for elliptic and parabolic equations, continuous dependence results, uniqueness results (including consideration of unbounded domains), domain of dependence for hyperbolic equations. Solution procedures: elliptic equations -- Green functions, conformal mapping; hyperbolic equations -- generalized d'Alembert solution, spherical means, method of descent; transform methods -- Fourier, multiple Fourier, Laplace, Hankel (for all three types of partial differential equations); Duhamel's method for inhomogeneous hyperbolic and parabolic equations.
[Note: Offered in the fall of odd years.]
Prereq: AMATH 351 and 353; Not open to General Mathematics students

AMATH 455 LEC 0.50Course ID: 003356
Control Theory
Feedback control with applications. System theory in both time and frequency domain, state-space computations, stability, system uncertainty, loopshaping, linear quadratic regulators and estimation. [Offered: W]
Prereq: (AMATH/PMATH 332 or PMATH 352) and AMATH 351; Not open to General Mathematics students

AMATH 456 LEC 0.50Course ID: 003357
Calculus of Variations
Concept of functional and its variations. The solution of problems using variational methods - the Euler-Lagrange equations. Applications include an introduction to Hamilton's Principle and optimal control. [Offered: F]
Prereq: MATH 237 or 247 and (One of AMATH 250 or 251, MATH 211/ECE 205, MATH 218, 228); Level at least 3B; Not open to General Mathematics students

AMATH 463 LEC,TUT 0.50Course ID: 003359
Fluid Mechanics
Incompressible, irrotational flow. Incompressible viscous flow. Introduction to wave motion and geophysical fluid mechanics. Elements of compressible flow. [Offered: F]
Prereq: AMATH 353 or PHYS 364) and AMATH 361; Not open to General Mathematics students.

AMATH 473 LEC 0.50Course ID: 003369
Quantum Theory 2
The Hilbert space of states, observables and time evolution. Feynman path integral and Greens functions. Approximation methods. Coordinate transformations, angular momentum and spin. The relation between symmetries and conservation laws. Density matrix, Ehrenfest theorem and decoherence. Multiparticle quantum mechanics. Bell inequality and basics of quantum computing. [Offered: F]
Prereq: AMATH 373 or PHYS 334; Level at least 4A in Mathematics or Science
(Cross-listed with PHYS 454)

AMATH 475 LEC 0.50Course ID: 003371
Introduction to General Relativity
Tensor analysis. Curved space-time and the Einstein field equations. The Schwarzschild solution and applications. The Friedmann-Robertson-Walker cosmological models. [Offered: W]
Prereq: (AMATH 231 or MATH 227) and (AMATH 271 or PHYS 263); Level at least 4A Honours Mathematics or Science students
(Cross-listed with PHYS 476)

AMATH 495 LEC 0.50Course ID: 003382
Reading Course
Reading course as announced by the department.
Prereq: Not open to General Mathematics students