Department of Mathematics and Philosophy

Boris

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) 298-2315
478 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.