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Boris Petracovici
Assistant Chair/Undergraduate Advisor
Department of Mathematics and Philosophy
Associate Professor
Education:
Ph.D. (2004), University of Illinois (Mathematics)
M.S. (2004), University of Illinois (Teaching of Mathematics)
M.S. (1996), Truman State University (Mathematics)
B.S. (1989), Babes-Bolyai University, Romania (Mathematics)
Contact Information:
(309) 298-2315478 Morgan Hall
b-petracovici@wiu.edu
Fall 2017 Office Hours:
Monday, Wednesday & Friday: 8:00-8:45 am; 10:30-11:30 am
Thursday: 10:30-11:30 am
Other times by appointment
Fall 2017 Courses:
Math 231: Calculus III
Math 389: Teaching of Algebra Seminar
Math 651: Elements of Modern Analysis
All Courses Taught:
Math 101: Concepts of Mathemathics
Math 123: Modeling with Mathematical Functions
Math 128: Precalculus Algebra
Math 129: Precalculus Trigonometry
Math 133: Calculus I
Math 134: Calculus II
Math 137: Applied Calculus I
Math 231: Calculus III
Math 311: Linear Algebra
Math 333: Ordinary Differential Equations
Math 383: Introduction to Mathematical Modeling
Math 389: Teaching of Algebra Seminar
Math 407: Number Theory Concepts in School Mathematics
Math 424: Advanced Linear Algebra
Math 551: Methods of Classical Analysis
Math 651: Elements of Modern Analysis
Math 659: Theory of Partial Differential Equations
Research Interests:
Research: My main interests are in partial differential equations and the analysis of numerical and approximation models in applied mathematics.
Research with students: I am interested in working with motivated students on projects exploring more advanced topics that go beyond the curriculum in analysis, differential equations, or linear algebra. Other projects could involve setting up a mathematical model to describe a real life phenomenon and use mathematical tools from the above areas to analyze the model and find a viable solution (with the aid of software such as Mathematica or MATLAB, if necessary).
Selected Publications:
- Petracovici, B., Petracovici, L., & Zaharescu, A. (2009). Divisors, measures, and critical functions. Proceedings of the Indian Academy of Sciences: Mathematical Sciences, Vol. 119, no. 3, 351-368.
- Petracovici, B., Abedi, R., & Haber, B. (2006). A spacetime discontinuous Galerkin method for linearized elastodynamics with element-wise momentum balance. Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering, Vol. 195, 3247-3273.
- Petracovici, B., Petracovici, L., & Zaharescu, A. (2004). A new distance between Galois orbits over a number field. Mathematical Sciences Research Journal, Vol. 8, 1-15.
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