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

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Boundary conditions for a radiative heat transfer problem

Consider the heat equation $$ \frac{\partial T}{\partial t} - a\Delta T + \mathbf v \cdot \nabla T = S $$ where $S$ is a source term dependent of the radiation intensity $I$ and the temperature $T$. ...
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Verification of some conditions and facts of the Laplacian on a Riemannian manifold

I came across the following introduction to a paper I was reading: "Let $L$ be a second-order, elliptic, differential operator, with smooth coefficients, on a Riemannian manifold $M$. Assume $-L$ is ...
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Choosing between SOV/Green's functions/Laplace transform for solving PDE - Guideline for choosing the most appropriate method?

Forgive me if this questions seems silly, but I have a question which is keeping me busy. I'm not really looking for a mathematical proof (but it is welcome), however I'm more looking for guided ...
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Solving Simple Partial Differential Equation

I don't remember how i can solve this simple partial differential equation. Can someone help me? $$x\frac{\partial \phi}{\partial x}+y\frac{\partial \phi}{\partial y}+ (\alpha+1-x)\phi =0$$ Update ...
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uses of Riemannian geometry for questions not related to Riemannian geometry

Poincaré conjecture (whose formulation does not make use of notions from Riemannian geometry: "Every simply connected, closed 3-manifold is homeomorphic to the 3-sphere") was eventually proved using ...
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Solution of $xu_x + yu_y = 0$

I have the first oder PDE $$xu_x + yu_y = 0 \; \text{on} \; \mathbb{R}^2$$ and I found the solution of that PDE is $$u(x,y) = f\left(\frac{y}{x}\right) = e^C = K$$ which is a constant solution. So, ...
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Differential Operator simplifying

I read in chapter 2 "Weisner Method" in the book "Obtaining Generating Functions" by Elna Browning McBride In Sec 5" The extended form of the group generated by B and C " I did not understand ...
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Duals of Sobolev Spaces vanishing on parts of the boundary

I am revising for a Finite Elements course and have the following question about the definition of $H^{-1}$. Let $D\subseteq \mathbb{R}^2$ be bounded Lipschitz domain and let $\Gamma_0 \subseteq ...
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How to scale a problem involving heat and the flow of a viscous fluid?

I recently got set this problem and I was wondering if anyone would be able to give me some help on the later parts. An incompressible thermal conducting fluid is contained between two infinite ...
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Can I follow a graduate course in PDE without having studied ODE

Hi I am considering taking the first course on Partial differential equations at my university next semester. I have already taken a first course on functional analysis . I haven't taken a proof based ...
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Regularity of elliptic PDE in terms of weighted Sobolev space

There seems to be a whole industry of weighted ver. of the Poincaré's inequality (Weighted Poincare Inequality) I wonder if there are results like, weighted $L^2$ equivalent of (interior/boundary) ...
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Poisson functional on bounded domain

I was wondering if it is actually clear that on bounded domains the Poisson integral is bounded from below: $$I[u]=\int_{\Omega} \left( \frac{1}{2}\lvert \nabla u \rvert^2 - u\rho \right)\, dx,$$ I ...
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PDE Singularity and time of shock

Given the following PDE: $$∂p/∂t+p*∂p/∂x=0$$ $$p=p(x,t)$$ $$p(x,0)=e^{-x^2}$$ It is requested to find its solution, show that it is not well behaved by verifying what happens to $∂p/∂t$ and $∂p/∂x$ ...
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Damped wave equation on $\mathbb{R}^{2}/2\pi\mathbb{Z}^{2}$

Let $a \in (0, 1)$ and let $u$ satisfy \begin{align*} u_{tt} - \Delta_{x}u + au_{t} &= 0\\ u(x,0) &= 0\\ u_{t}(x, 0) &= f(x) \end{align*} with $t \geq 0$, $x \in ...
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Domain monotonicity of eigenvalues

Let $\Omega_{1}$, $\Omega_{2}$ be subsets of $\mathbb{R}^{2}$ with smooth boundary and $\Omega_{1} \subsetneq \Omega_{2}$. Let $-\lambda_{1}$ and $-\lambda_{2}$ be the smallest (in magnitude) ...
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Coupled partial differential equation, with boundaries specification

Please, help me to find a books or samples to learn how to solve such coupled equations $$\begin{eqnarray} \frac{\partial T_1(x,t)}{\partial t}&=& \alpha_1 \frac{\partial^2 T_1(x,t)}{ ...
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PDE Variable transform (integral) Chain Rule

Can somebody help me with the variable transform where the new variable is integral variable? This is a moving boundary problem where the radius of particle, $R(t)$ changes with time. The equations ...
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How to simplify $ \int_{\Bbb{R}^2}\Delta\varphi(x)\log|x|^2\ dx $ using Green's indentity?

Let $\varphi\in C_c^\infty(\Bbb{R^2})$ (infinitely differentiable functions with compact support) and consider $$ I=\int_{\Bbb{R}^2}\Delta\varphi(x)\log|x|^2\ dx, $$ the existence of which is ...
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Existence and uniqueness of Dirichlet problem

Let $U= \{x \in \Bbb R^n: |x|>1 \}$. Suppose $u \in C^2 (U) \cap C(\bar U)$ is a bounded solution of the following Dirichlet problem: $\Delta u=0 \in U$ and $u=\phi$ on $\Gamma=\{x \in \Bbb R^n: ...
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How do I find out the Partial Differential Equation for the given expression? [on hold]

$$z=x^2f(y)+y^2g(x)$$ Well, I found out that $$ z_x=2xf(y)+y^2g'(x)\\ \ z_y=x^2f'(y)+2yg(x).$$ How do I relate them to get the partial differential equation?
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Help in understanding the notation

I am reading the paper in this link https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/20327748/99-16.ps.pdf Please help me in the notation used in page 5, $(M \vee \phi_n)\wedge M$ it is in line 2 of page 5. ...
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solution of 1st order PDE

Find the solution of PDE, $$u_xu_y = u$$ with the initial condition $u(x,0) = 0$ in the domain $x \geq 0$ and $y \geq 0$. I have try the method of characteristic, but it seems like not working for ...
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Let $u(x)$ be harmonic for $x \in \Bbb R^3$. Suppose that $\nabla u \in L^2 (\Bbb R^3)$. Prove that $u$ is a constant.

Let $u(x)$ be harmonic for $x \in \Bbb R^3$. Suppose that $\nabla u \in L^2 (\Bbb R^3)$. Prove that $u$ is a constant. I tried with Green's equation but it didn't work. Could anyone tell me which ...
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Some clarification on nonlinear PDEs

In Strauss' book $\textit{Partial Differential Equations: An Introduction}$, one of the important PDEs listed on p. $2$ is the shock wave equation given by $$u_x + uu_y= 0 \text{.}$$ It is nonlinear, ...
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Reflection from the upper half ball to the whole ball is harmonic

I have a question about problem 9(b) in Chapter 2 of Evans' PDE book. It says if we have $u$ is harmonic in the open upper half ball $U^+$ and $u\in C^2(U^+)\cap C(\bar{U^+})$, $u=0$ for $x\in ...
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Use the Laplace Transform to solve the following PDE.

I need to use the Laplace Transform to solve the following PDE, but I don't think I'm doing it correctly. $u_{t}(y,t)=\nu\nabla^2 u(y,t)$ with $u(0,t)=u_{0}$ and $u(y,0)=0$. What I have so far: ...
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Show that boundary layers diffuse out from the plate with speed $\sqrt{\frac{\nu}{t}}$

I was wondering if somebody would be able to help me with this problem. I know how to solve it using dimension arguments but I'm unsure what is meant by 'transform techniques'. Any help would be ...
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Difference between two solution of inhomogeneous linear equation

Show that the difference between two solutions of an inhomogeneous linear equation $Lu =g$ with the same $g$ is the solution of the homogenous equation $Lu=0$ I know the definition of linearity, but ...
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Why does the limit $ \lim_{\varepsilon\to 0+}\int_{\varepsilon}^M \frac{\varphi(x)-\varphi(0)}{x}\ dx$ exist for smooth $\varphi$?

Let $D(\Bbb{R}):=C_c^\infty(\Bbb{R})$ and $$ p.v.(1/x)(\varphi):=\lim_{\varepsilon\to 0}\int_{|x|>\varepsilon}\frac{\varphi(x)}{x}\ dx. $$ for $\varphi\in D(\Bbb{R})$. I'm trying to understand ...
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1D Wave PDE with “strange” Boundary Conditions

I've just arrived home from an exam and cannot come to terms with the fact I couldn't solve the following question: Find a solution to $$ \left\{ \begin{array}{ll} u_{tt} - u_{xx}, & ...
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Solving Heat Equation with Laplace Transform

I am trying an alternative method to separation of variables to the following equation $$ \begin{cases} u_{xx} =4u_t , 0 < x < 2, t>0\\ u(0,t)=0, u(2,t)=0, t>0\\ u(x,0)=2\sin(\pi x), 0 ...
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Fundamental solution Laplace-Poisson equation

Let $\Phi:\mathbb{R}^n\setminus\{0\}\rightarrow\mathbb{R}$ be the fundamental solution of the Laplace equation (see e.g. in the book of Evans). For a function $f\in\mathcal{C}_c^2(\mathbb{R}^n)$ we ...
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Transport equations with constant coefficients

Let $X$ be the vector field given by $X = b \cdot \nabla_x + \partial_t$ where $b \in \mathbb{R}^n$ is fixed. Let $f \in C^1(\mathbb{R}^{n+1})$. Assume that $u \in C^1(\mathbb{R}^n \times ...
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Partial Differential Equation Formation (Arbitrary Functions) [closed]

Form the partial differential equation by eliminating the arbitrary functions from: $$z=f(x^2+y^2)+x+y$$
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System with arbitrary function of an unknown

How can I solve the following system $$ (u_x)^2 - (u_t)^2 = 1 \\ u_{xx} - u_{tt} = f(u) $$ where $f$ is an arbitrary function of $u$, $u$ and $f$ to be determined. I don't know any approach, ...
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Bounded linear functionals in solving PDE

Many theorems in functional analysis, Rietz, Hahn-Banach, for example, are used to find linear functionals in certain spaces. But why are bounded linear functionals useful in solving PDE? This ...
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Steklov eigenvalue on unit ball [closed]

Show that the eigenvalues of the Dirichlet-to-Neumann map of the unit ball $B^n$ of the n- dimensional euclidean space $R^n$ are 0, 1, 2, ... . Furthermore, the eigenspace of k is given by space of ...
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Existence of solution to a linear second order PDE

I want to show the existence and the uniqueness of a solution to the following partial differential equation: \begin{equation} ...
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Banach contraction mapping to find unique solution of $y(x) = \int_0^1 G(x,s) f(s,y(s)) ds$

Problem statement: Use the Banach contraction mapping theorem to show that $$y(x) = \int_0^1 G(x,s)\ f(s,y(s))\ ds$$ has a unique, continuous solution $y = y(x)$ if (1) $G(x,s) \ge 0$ for $0 \le x, ...
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Evans pde book: details on an bound for a Sobolev norm in the proof of the Meyers-Serrin theorem

Let $U$ be an open subset of $\mathbb{R}^n$ and $f\in W^{m,p}(U)$. Suppose that $$\|f\|_{W^{m,p}(V)}\leq\delta\tag{1}$$ for all $V\subset\subset U$ (that is, all $V$ such that $V\subset\overline{V} ...
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Prove why the shock equation is not linear.

I need a hint not an answer before answering this question: Two part question: The homogeneous shock equation is given by $u_x$ + $u$$u_y$ = 0 Part 1) Show why the shock equation is not linear. ...
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Locally flat manifold from Frobenius, differential forms approach

It is a known fact that a Manifold $M$ is locally flat if and only if the Riemann curvature tensor (Levi-Civita connection) vanishes. To show the if part is easy, but I am trying to follow the details ...
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Solving this 1st Order PDE [closed]

I am trying to solve the following PDE with an initial condition: $$u_x + u_y = x + y$$ with $$u(x, 0) = 0$$ I am not sure which method to use to solve this. Thanks
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Solving this 2nd Order non-homogeneous PDE

I am trying to solve the following equation: $$3u_{xx} - 10u_{xt} - 3u_{tt} = \sin(x + t)$$ I know that the left hand side is a quadratic equation which I have to factorise. Then I let one of the ...
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Gradient flow of Dirichlet energy

I have heard that the gradient flow of the Dirichlet energy gives a solution of the heat equation, i.e. if $u(t,x) \in C^1( [0,\infty) \times \mathbb R^d)$ solves $$ u_t(t,x) = - dE(u(t,x)), $$ where ...
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Derivative of mollification

This is in response to a claim made in the second line of the question here, namely: Given the standard mollifier $\eta$ and a locally integrable function $f:U \rightarrow \mathbb{R}^n$, by defining ...
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Uniqueness of the Green's function

Given a linear operator $L$, a Green's function $G(x,s)$ is any solution of $$\tag{1} LG(x,s) = \delta(x-s)$$ where $\delta(x-s)$ is the Dirac Delta function. The Green's function can also be used in ...
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Finding general solution to Partial Differential Equations

I am asked to find the general solution $f(x, y)$ of the partial differential equation: $\frac{\partial ^2 f}{\partial x \partial y}=e ^ {x+2y}$ I know these are relatively easy to solve, I haven't ...
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What is the initial data of a fundamental solution?

Let $(M,g)$ be a globally hyperbolic Lorentzian manifold. Consider now the differential equation $\square_{g}\phi=0$. I am aware that a fundamental solution is a distribution that must satisfy: ...
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What is the essential difference between ordinary differential equations and partial differential equations?

Please forgive my stupidity. So many years after my undergraduate study and so many years after dealing with various concrete ODEs and PDEs, I still cannot tell the essential difference between ...