This book is designed as an advanced undergraduate or a first-year graduate
course for students from various disciplines like applied mathematics,
The main purpose is on the one hand to train the students to appreciate the
interplay between theory and modelling in problems arising in the applied
sciences; on the other hand to give them a solid theoretical background for
numerical methods, such as finite elements.
Accordingly, this textbook is divided into two parts.
The first one has a rather elementary character with the goal of
developing and studying basic problems from the macro-areas of diffusion,
propagation and transport, waves and vibrations. Ideas and connections with
concrete aspects are emphasized whenever possible, in order to provide
intuition and feeling for the subject.