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This course is part of the MAGIC core.


This is a core applied module. The aim of the course is to pool together a number of advanced mathematical methods which students doing research (in applied mathematics) should know about. Students will be expected to do extensive reading from selected texts, as well as try out example problems to reinforce the material covered in lectures. A number of topics are suggested below and depending on time available, most will be covered. The course proceeds at a fairly fast pace.
Assessment The assessment for this module will be in the form of a take-home exam at the end of the course.

Recommended books:
  • Bender and Orsag, Advanced mathematical methods for scientists and engineers
  • Bleistan and Handlesman, Asymptotic expansions of integrals
  • Hinch, Perturbation methods
  • Ablowitz & Fokas Complex Variables, C.U.P.
  • Lighthill Generalised Functions, Dover paperback.


Autumn 2019 (Monday, October 7 to Friday, December 13)


  • Live lecture hours: 20
  • Recorded lecture hours: 0
  • Total advised study hours: 80


  • Thu 09:05 - 09:55
  • Fri 12:05 - 12:55


It is assumed that students have done some real and complex analysis.


  • Advanced differential equations, series solution,classification of singularities. Properties near ordinary and regular singular points. Approximate behaviour near irregular singular points. Method of dominant balance. Airy, Gamma and Bessel functions.
  • Asymptotic methods. Boundary layer theory. Regular and singular perturbation problems. Uniform approximations. Interior layes. LG approximation, WKBJ method.
  • Generalised functions. Basic definitions and properties.
  • Revision of basic complex analysis. Laurent expansions. Singularities. Cauchy's Theorem. Residue calculus. Plemelj formuale.
  • Transform methods. Fourier transform. FT of generalised functions. Laplace Transform. Properties of Gamma function. Mellin Transform. Analytic continuation of Mellin transforms.
  • Asymptotic expansion of integrals. Laplace's method. Watson's Lemma. Method of stationary phase. Method of steepest descent. Estimation using Mellin transform technique.
  • Conformal mapping. Riemann-Hilbert problems.

Other courses that you may be interested in:


Mike Simon (main contact)
Phone 0161-2755827
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Alice Thompson
Phone 0161-3068951
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Advanced Mathematical MethodsJ.S.B. Gajjar
Advanced Mathematical Methods for Scientists and EngineersBender and Orszag
Asymptotic Expansions of IntegralsBleistein and Handelsman
Complex variables: introduction and applicationsAblowitz and Fokas
Perturbation methodsHinch
Introduction to Fourier analysis and generalised functionsLighthill


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Assessment will be via a Take-Home exam. You will be given 5 questions to do (100 marks) in total and to pass the course you need 50%.

2020 MAGIC022 exam paper

Files:Exam paper
Released: Monday 6 January 2020 (184.5 days ago)
Deadline: Sunday 19 January 2020 (170.5 days ago)

Please attempt any of the 5 questions each worth 20 marks each. To pass the course you need to obtain at least 50%. Please scan you solutions in, using a photocopier and upload the pdf file via system by the due deadline of 19th January 2020.

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