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Course# MATH-478: Dispersive PDEs

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This course will give an introduction to some aspects of nonlinear dispersive partial differential equations. These are time evolution problems that arise in many contexts in physics, such as quantum mechanics, electrodynamics, fluid motion and relativity.

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