Course Title: Green's Function Methods

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Green's Function Methods

Credit Points: 12.00

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


145H Mathematical & Geospatial Sciences


Sem 2 2006,
Sem 1 2009

Course Coordinator: Claude Zorzan

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 992 53270

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 8.9.76

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

You will need to be proficient in the techniques of calculus and in determining the solution to ordinary differential equations. Some familiarity with partial differential equations and transform methods, in particular the Fourier transforms, will be required.

Course Description

The Green’s Function Method is a powerful technique for solving a range of problems in science and engineering that are modelled by differential equations. Such problems arise in applications of electromagnetism, heat flow, optics, acoustics and  potential theory. This technique utilizes the responce of a system to a point source or impulse in order to determine the behaviour under different situations or conditions. It provides an analytic solution that emphasizes the core behavioural aspects of the problem being studied.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

On successful completion of this course you will have the skills needed  to construct the Green’s function for a range of problems arising from various applications in science and engineering. You will able to identify the core features of the Green’s function in order to determine both the physical characterists of the system being modelled and the qualitative behaviour under different constraints  or boundaries. 

These attributes directly support the graduate capabilities prescribed in GC1, 2, 3 & 5.

Overview of Learning Activities

All the material needed to satisfactorily complete this course will be presented during lectures. Tutorials will be provided to help reinforce and emphasize the material covered in class.

A number of tests or assignments scheduled during the course will give you the necessary feedback to measure your performance and help you correct any deficiences in you learning.

Overview of Learning Resources

The learning resources needed will be made available at the required stages during the course. Some of this material will be available on the DLS.

Overview of Assessment

All assessment in this course is designed to gauge whether the capabilities and learning outcomes expected of you have been acquired at the level needed to achieve at least a passing grade. The assessment given during the course will help you monitor your progress and provide you with the appropriate feedback.