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The aim of this course is to provide an introduction to the theory of hyperbolic conservation laws and their perturbations with emphasis on integrability aspects, singularity of their solutions in relation to catastrophe theory and phase transitions.
Specific application of conservation laws methods to mean field models in statistical thermodynamics will be also discussed.


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


  • Live lecture hours: 10
  • Recorded lecture hours: 0
  • Total advised study hours: 40


  • Tue 13:05 - 13:55


No specific requirements. Standard undergraduate courses in analysis, mathematical methods and partial differential equations are desirable.


1) Introduction to hyperbolic conservation laws of hydrodynamic type
2) Integrability and generalised hodograph method
3) Singularities and catastrophes
4) Viscous and dispersive regularisations
5) Critical asymptotics and Universality
6) Mean field models and equations of state

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Introduction to phase transitions and critical phenomenaH.E. Stanley


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