P.H. Trinh

Errata for the 2019-20' MA20223 materials

Typed notes

  • The Corollary 8.4 on convex sets should specify that “if every straight line (that includes a point on the interior of $\Omega$) intersects $\partial\Omega$ at two points at most”.
  • There were some typos in the derivation of the wave equation in Chap. 10. It should instead look like this:

  • Chap. 12 and the Definition 12.8 of the even extension on p.56 should read $x\in[0, L]$ instead of $x\in[0, \pi]$
  • Example 15.4 should read $0 < x < \pi$ instead of $0 < x < 2$. (Courtesy DH)
  • Eqn (16.7) should have $\lambda^2$ instead of $\lambda$ on the equation for $G$. (Courtesy DH)
  • Theorem 18.3 should read the initial conditions of $u(x, 0) = f(x)$ and $u_t(x, 0) = g(x)$. (Courtesy RA)

Problem sets

  • PS5: Q1 should define the thermal conductivity as k not kappa.


  • PS3: Bottom of the first page $\partial \phi$ should be $\nabla \phi$
  • PS3: Index notation needs to be removed from the main solutions in 19-20' delivery since the topic has been moved to the Appendix. Students are still free to use the technique if they learn it (as noted in lectures).
  • PS4 Q4 $dx$ and $dy$ transposed
  • PS6 Q1. The function $\sin(x)\exp(-\cos(x^2))$ is indeed not periodic but not for the reasons stated in the solutions. The point here is that $\cos(x^2)$ is not a periodic function. You can verify this either by checking whether it's possible that $(x+L)^2 = x^2 + n\pi$ independent of $x$, or simply by plotting the $\cos($x^2)$ and observing its behaviour, particularly near the origin.
  • PS9 Q2: There is a missing factor of $p$ on the bottom here. See Lecture 29.
  • PS9 Q4: Looks like axes were doubled here. (Courtesy RA, HC)
  • PS10 Q2: Looks like there are a few $\kappa$s missing on the right hand side (I count three); Q3 In the redefinition of the energy (above “So now you are back to…”) there is a extra d/dt that should not be there.


  • Correction to lectures 16 when I wrote “Is $\exp(\cos x)$ periodic? (No)”. Oops. It is periodic. Note that $\exp(f(x+L)) = \exp(f(x))$. A similar gaff appears in the solutions of PS6.

Past exams

  • 2017-18 exam Q4d. The index should start from $n = 1$ once the $2n+1$ shift is done.