Questions on "Partial Differential Equations", as opposed to "ordinary differential equations".

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Riesz measure associated with a subharmonic function

In page 101, corollary 4.3.3., from Gardiner's book on potential theory, the author prove that any subharmonic function, can be identified with a positive measure (Riesz measure). In doing so, he ...
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Definition of elliptic pde

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elliptic_partial_differential_equation Very confusing. So are there non-linear elliptic pdes? It seems to be the case. And what about $$A u_{xx} + C u_{yy} + F u = 0$$ ...
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Non stationary solutions of the PDE $u_t + u_x = u_{xx}$

Problem. Consider the PDE $$ u_t + u_x = u_{xx}, \qquad (t,x) \in (0,+\infty) \times (0,1). $$ (i) Write the unique solution $\overline{u}=\overline{u}(x)$ which does not depend on time and ...
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Converting from mixed boundary condition to dirichlet boundary condition

I have found a finite element method code in MATLAB that I want to use however the boundary conditions are dirichlet -- more specifically the function is 0 at the boundary. However, the PDE I'm ...
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Show that Fourier series arising in solution of differential eqn. converges uniformly

Let $f \in L_2(0,\pi)$ have the Fourier expansion $f(x) = \sum_{n=2}^{\infty} f_n\sin(nx)$. Compute (formally) the boundardy value problem $$ u''(x) + u(x) = f(x) \qquad \mbox{ for } 0 < x < ...
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Easy solution to Yamabe problem for surfaces

The Yamabe problem asks if, given a Riemannian manifold $(M,g_0)$, it is possible to find a conformal metric $g$ on $M$ with constant scalar curvature. I would like to know if there is some "easy" ...
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Is this function singular at these two points?

My function $S(x,y,t)$ satisfies the following PDE $$\frac{\partial S(x,y,t)}{\partial t}=-H\left(x,\frac{\partial S(x,y,t)}{\partial x}\right)$$ where $$H(x,\frac{\partial S(x,y,t)}{\partial ...
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Accuracy of a finite-difference method for numerically solve a PDE or BVP

When solving the Poisson Equation $$-u''(x)=f(x)$$ with Dirichlet-Neuman boundary conditions $$u(0)=0, u'(1)=0$$ using a finite difference 2-order centered scheme and a 2-order upwind ...
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TT* Duality argument

I am trying to obtain $L^p$ estimate for a system of nonlinear PDE. I do not have $L^2$ to work with for my problem, I heard $TT^*$ argument is useful tool if one wishes to mapp from $L^p$ to $L^p$. ...
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Why orthgonality matters for numerical treatment of PDEs?

It seems to me that general orthogonal coordinates are quite popular in numerical treatments of PDEs. Sometimes people even use conformal maps to generate the locally orthogonal grids. But the actual ...
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Solve the given differential equation by using Green's function method

I am really struggling with the concept and handling of the Green's function. I have to solve the given differential equation using Green's function method $$\frac{d^{2}y}{dx^{2}}+k^{2}y=\delta ...
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Fourier Transform of Poisson Equation

While trying to solve the Poisson Equation by using Green's Function I have to Fourier transform the equation i.e $$-\nabla^{2}\phi(r)=\rho(r).$$ In the book after Fourier transform, the solution ...
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Relation between the Eigenvalue and the potentials.

Let us consider the following problem , suppose for $i=1,2$ \begin{equation}\begin{aligned} -\nabla \gamma_i \nabla u_i = \lambda^1_i u_i \quad\mbox{in }\Omega\\ u_i =0 \quad\mbox{on }\partial\Omega ...
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Properties of the Double Layer Potential

Consider the double layer potential $$ W_{\nu}(x) = \int_{\partial\Omega} \nu(y) \frac{\partial}{\partial n_y}\left( \frac{1}{|x - y|} \right) d \sigma_y $$ for a bounded region $\Omega \in \mathbb ...
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Problem on energy of a Discrete Galerkin Method

I'm reading an article from this website: article question is in page 3,about a wave equation,and use the Galerkin method to discrete the space. (1) page4 why the author use the fraction ...
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existence and uniqueness of volterra integral equation of the first kind

$$ \int_0^t k(s,t)f(s)ds=g(t) $$ To know the existence and uniquness of solution of volterra integral equation(VIE) of the first kind, we differentiate it and convert to the VIE of the second kind. ...
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About Sobolev-Poincare inequality on compact manifolds

Let $2^* = \frac{2n}{n-2}$ where $n$ is the dimension of a compact closed manifold $M$. We get from the Sobolev/Poincare inequality the identity $$\lVert u \rVert_{2^*} \leq C\lVert \nabla u ...
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Morrey's inequality

From PDE Evans, 2nd edition, page 281: Now \begin{align} \int_0^s \int_{\partial B(0,1)} |Du(x+tw)| \, dS(w) dt &=\int_0^s \int_{\partial B(x,t)} \frac{|Du(y)|}{t^{n-1}} \, dS(y) dt \\ ...
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viscous burgers equation physical meaning

The viscous Burgers' equation : $$ q_{t} + qq_{x} = vq_{xx}, \:\:\: \mbox{where} \:\:\: v > 0, $$ combines the nonlinear propagation of $q(x,t)$ and the diffusion. What is this equation for? (in ...
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Estimates of positive solutions of $\Delta u=u$ in $\mathbb{R}^n$, $n>2$.

Let $u$ be a positive solution to the problem $\Delta u=u$ in $\mathbb{R}^n$, prove that there are positive constants $C, C_1,C_2$ such that $$ Ce^{-C_1|x|}<u(x)<Ce^{C_2|x|}. $$ Hints are ...
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Regularity of semilinear heat equation

I'm facing following regularity issue and i wonder if anyone of you guys is able to help me. I'd like to show that the solution of a semilinear heat equation is classical, i.e. $C^2$ in space and ...
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Is it necessary to know all the details in proofs of theorems you study in PDE's?

I've been studying PDE from the book by L.Evans for some time now. I came across some statements in the proofs which I couldn't justify. But to complete the exercises I didn't need to know all these ...
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Limit/Integration in heat equation

While studying heat equation from PDE by L.Evans, I came across the following limit which I'm not able to prove. For $n>=1, \delta >0$ , $lim_{t \to 0+} \;\;{1 \over ...
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Solving a master equation with linear coefficients

I have the following PDE: $$ \partial_t P(x,y,t)=x\partial_xP(x,y,t)+(y-1)\partial_yP(x,y,t)+2P(x,y,t). $$ Mathematica suggests that the solution is $$ ...
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intuitive fact of a class of functions defined in $R^n$

I am reading an article and i have the following situation: Let $u: R^n \rightarrow R$ a continuous function in $R^n$. Supoose that u is nonnegative and that for all $t \geq 0$ the set $L_t = \{ x ...
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Hopf lemma for generalized normal derivatives

Let $\Omega\subset\mathbb{R}^N$ be a bounded smooth domain. If $u\in C^2(\Omega)\cap C_0(\overline{\Omega})$ is a superharmonic function ($-\Delta u\ge 0)$ then, Hopf Boundary Lemma does implies that ...
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Weak convergence in some space.

I have the sequence $\{u_{k}\}_{k}$ weak convergent in the space $L^{2}(0,T; W^{1,2}(\Omega))$. What exactly does it mean? Do it imply weak convergence $\{u_{k}\}_{k}$ in $L^{2}(0,T;\Omega)$ or $\{ ...
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Understanding Distributional Meanings and Test Functions for PDEs

thank you for taking the time to read my question. My question is about distributional meanings in PDEs. My specific question is at the bottom, but I'd be interested in a bit of general theory (even ...
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obtain the continuous form of a master equation

I have the following master equation: $$ \partial_tP(x,y,t)=-[x+(1-x-y)]P(x,y,t)\\ +(x+\epsilon)P(x+\epsilon,y-\epsilon,t)\\ +(1-x-y+\epsilon)P(x,y-\epsilon,t) $$ where $\epsilon$ is a small number, ...
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Don't understand a $L^\infty$ bound argument involving measure of set

I'm trying to understand the proof of Proposition 2.2, part 2 of this paper. this is where I am stuck. For any $k > 0$, we have $$k^{\frac{2(N+1)}{N}}|\{|u|^m > k\}| \leq ...
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Di Perna-Lions theory for transport equation

Does someone know if some notes on the topic mentioned in the title are available online? I'm reading the paper "Ordinary differential equations, transport theory and Sobolev spaces" by Di Perna and ...
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Equivalence of Localized Fourier Restriction Estimates

I'm reading Tao's Park City notes on the restriction conjecture http://arxiv.org/abs/math/0311181. He says at some point that the estimate: there is a constant $C > 0$ such that, for any $R \ge ...
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1st order Cauchy problem

Discuss the solution of $u_t+ uu_x= 0$ with the following Cauchy data: a) $u(x,0)= x ; 0\leq x\leq 1$ b)$u(x,0)=1/2; 0\leq x\leq 1$ Sketch the domains in the $x-t $ plane where the solutions are ...
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existence of solution of volterra integral equation of the first kind

$$ \int_0^t k(s,t)f(s)ds=g(t) $$ To know the existence and uniquness of solution of volterra integral equation(VIE) of the first kind, we differentiate it and convert to the VIE of the second kind. ...
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About a property of weighted Sobolev spaces

If we define the weighted Sobolev norm as $$ \|f\|_{H^{s,k}(\mathbb R^n)} := \|(1+|x|^2)^{k/2} (\sqrt{1-\Delta})^s f \|_{L^2(\mathbb R^n)} $$ where $f(x):\mathbb R^n \to \mathbb R$ and $\Delta$ is ...
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Finite difference method for elliptic pde stability condition

I am trying to implement a finite difference scheme for the elliptic pde $\nabla(a(x_1,x_2)\nabla\phi(x_1,x_2))=0$ where $(x_1,x_2) \in (0,l_1)\times(0,l_2)$ with $l_1 \neq l_2$ necessarily. I know ...
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Trace-zero functions in $W^{1,p}$

This is an excerpt of a textbook's proof for a theorem (Trace-zero functions in $W^{1,p}$), from PDE Evans, 2nd edition, page 275. Next let $\zeta \in C^\infty(\mathbb{R}_+)$ satisfy $$\zeta ...
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Separation of variables, when possible?

$$ \Delta \Psi(x, y, z) + V(x, y, z)\Psi(x, y, z) = E \Psi(x, y, z) $$ For which $V(x, y, z)$ can this partial differential equation (eigenproblem) be solved by separation of variables?
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Separation of variables: when to have exponential solution and when sinusoidal?

In separation of variables, one can assume a solution of V(x,y) = X(x)Y(y) and after plugging this into Laplace's equation which is: ${{\partial^2 V} \over {\partial x^2}}$ + ${{\partial^2 V} \over ...
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Trace Theorem question

From PDE Evans, page 272. My question is towards the bootom of this post. THEOREM 1 (Trace Theorem). Assume $U$ is bounded and $\partial U$ is $C^1$. Then there exists a bounded linear operator ...
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Existence and Uniqueness of Solutions of PDEs

I have been looking into the Cauchy-Kovalevskaya Theorem where one can "establish the local existence of analytic solutions to a system of PDEs". I wanted to see an application (for example, see ...
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Basic exercise of real analysis and of p harmonic functions

I am studying the following definition of an article: Definition (blow up): Let $u$ a function (assuming real values) in the open ball $B(x_0,1)$. For $r>0$ define the function $u_r(x)$ in $B(0, ...
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Extension Theorem

From PDE Evans, 2nd edition, pages 268-270. My question is at the bottom of this post. THEOREM 1 (Extension Theorem). Assume $U$ is bounded and $\partial U$ is $C^1$. Select a bounded open set $V$ ...
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Partial Differential equations and applications- Reference request

I will be taking up a PDEs course next semester and would like to find some good references. The topics covered in the syllabus is given below. Partial differential equations: Conservation laws, ...
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Is $H^{1}(R;H^1(R^n))=H^1(R^{n+1})$?

Is $H^{1}(R;H^1(R^n))=H^1(R^{n+1})$, where $H^1(R;H^1(R^n))=\{f\colon R\to H^1(R^n)\colon \int \|f(t,\cdot)\|_{H^1}^2\,dt <\infty \quad \text{and} \int \|f'(t,\cdot)\|_{H^1}^2\,dt <\infty \}$ ...
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Is this distributional laplacean a measure?

Let $\Omega\subset\mathbb{R}^N$ be a bounded smooth domain. Suppose that $0<k<t<1$ and $\Phi$ is a mooth function satisfying: $\Phi(x)=0$ for $x\le k$, $\Phi(x)=1$ for $x\ge t$. Take $u\in ...
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Third Order PDE written as a System of (Linear) First Order PDEs

I need to rewrite the PDE $$f_{y}+ff_{x}+f_{xxx}=0,$$ where $f=f(x,y)$ as a system of first order quasi-linear PDEs. I have no idea how to tackle this problem. Any form of help will be appreciated. ...
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About the weighted Sobolev norm

I'm wondering that the Sobolev norm with weight $$ \|f\|_{H^{s,k}(\mathbb R^n)} := \|(1+|x|^2)^{k/2} (\sqrt{1-\Delta})^s f \|_{L^2(\mathbb R^n)} $$ is equivalent to the norm $$ ...
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Solution to $u_t+\Delta^2u+\Delta u=0$

Suppose there exists a solution to *$u_t+\Delta^2u+\Delta u=0$ of the form $u(x,y,t)=c(t)e^{i\pi(x/4\pi+y/4\pi)}$. I need to find such a function $c(t)$. Plugging $u(x,y,t)$ into *, I got ...
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Can Dirichlet and Neumann eigenfunctions coincide for the Helmholtz equation?

We consider the null space (corresponding to the possible eigenvalue zero) of the linear indefinite elliptic PDE $\Delta u+k^2(x)u=0$ in $\Omega$ with $u=\partial_{\nu}u=0$ on the boundary. If the ...