Macquarie University

Course Description

  • Course Name


  • Host University

    Macquarie University

  • Location

    Sydney, Australia

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    Course requires:

    MATH235 - Mathematics IIA or equivalent


    MATH236 - Mathematics IIB or equivalent

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Host University Units

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    This unit introduces the theory of waves by a systematic study of the underlying partial differential equations. Waves involve the transfer, without bulk motion, of both energy and information. Fundamental properties of waves are first examined in the simplest one-dimensional setting. The treatment is then broadened to two-dimensional and three-dimensional waves, particularly for acoustic and electromagnetic waves. Resonators and waveguides provide some examples of how waves behave in confined regions. In contrast, the scattering and diffraction of waves by obstacles in free space carries information about the scatterer itself; this is the basis of many imaging technologies.


    Course typically offered during the Spring semester

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.