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February 26th, 2019, 10:09 AM   #1
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Taking a class in partial differential equations

I love math, but deep down physics is my true love in this life, but you can't do physics without math so my love for mathematics is definitely up there...

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I am wrapping up my undergraduate BS in physics, and getting ready for graduate school. I feel pretty good with basic arithmetic up to differential equations, complex analysis, vector analysis etc.

The problem is, other than the standard "separation of variables" approach to solving a PDE, I am very unskilled with solving partial differential equations.

Those who have a solid understanding of PDE's, would you suggest taking a class in PDE or attempting to self teach some of the aspects of it?

If self teaching is what you would suggest, do you have any textbooks you could suggest?

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In a lot of the "higher" level textbooks I am reading, PDEs seems to be a common problem.
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I used "Elementary Partial Differential Equations" by Berg and McGregor and had no complaints.
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