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Subset of differential operators is a finitely generated module?

I was reading about differential operators, and there is a small claim I don't understand. First, let $A$ be a commutative algebra over $k$, a field. We have the recursive definition for the algebra ...
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Determining the action of the operator $D\left(z, \frac d{dz}\right)$

This question was motivated by a question by Tobias Kienzler and its wonderful answers. I begin as in the linked question... Using the Taylor expansion $$f(z+a) = \sum_{k=0}^\infty ...
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Transforming the Laplace operator from Polar to Cartesian coordinates

I'm trying to find the error in my logic here. Let's say we are given the Laplace operator in polar coordinates: $$ \frac{\partial^2}{\partial r^2} + \frac{1}{r}\frac{\partial}{\partial r} + ...
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Differential operator and kernel

Let $P$ a polynomial of two variables, say over the field of real numbers. We define $\partial P$ as $P(\partial_x,\partial_y)$. In this question, it has been shown that if $P_0(x,y)=x^2+y^2$ and ...
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Symbol of a (non linear) differential operator

I am interested in knowing whether there is a definition for the symbol of a PDO which is NOT linear. In Wikipedia and in the book I am reading (An Introduction to Partial Differential Equations by ...
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Linear transformations in infinite dimensional vector spaces

If we look at an $n$ - dimensional vector space $V$ and a linear transformation \begin{equation} T : V \to V, \quad x \mapsto Tx \quad \forall \, x \in V \end{equation} then given a choice of basis ...
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What does it mean for the leading symbol of a differential operator to be scalar?

I would like to better understand what it means for the leading symbol of a differential operator to be scalar. Concretely, I am currently looking at the Laplace - Beltrami operator on an ...
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Laplacian Operator Represented as a Matrix - Problem Finding the Hermiticity

I'm trying to discretize the Laplacian operator, and represent it with a matrix, but I'm running into a problem: my result is not hermitian when it should be. Here are my calculations: In one ...
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What does ad$f$ mean, for $f$ a smooth function?

I am currently reading Nicole Berline "Heat Kernels and Dirac Operators". On page 64 Differential Operators are introduced that are generalized from operators acting on scalar functions to vector ...
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When do Harmonic polynomials constitute the kernel of a differential operator?

Let $f$ be a real polynomial of two variables. Let $\partial_f=f\left(\frac{\partial}{\partial x},\frac{\partial}{\partial y}\right)$. Let $H$ denote the space of harmonic polynomials, i.e., ...