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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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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 ...
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Finding polynomial satistying potential equation and boundary conditions

Can someone help me with this problem? I know that this polynomial is a solution of Poisson's equation.
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Can we conclude that $\Delta (\Phi\circ u)$ is a measure, given that $\Phi$ is a particular smooth function and $u$ is in some Sobolev space?

Let $\Omega\subset\mathbb{R}^N$ be a bounded smooth domain. Assume that $u\in W_0^{1,2}(\Omega)$ is such that $\Delta u$ is a measure. Let $\Phi$ be a smooth function in $\mathbb{R}$, such that ...
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If $\lVert u(t) \rVert \leq \lVert u_0 \rVert$ for solution of PDE, is $\lVert u(t) \rVert \leq \lVert u(s) \rVert$ for all $t \leq s$?

Suppose I have some nonlinear PDE on some time interval $[0,T]$ $$u_t + A(u) = 0$$ $$u(0)=u_0$$ and I have managed to show existence and uniqueness of solution with $\lVert u(t) \rVert \leq \lVert u_0 ...
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Vanishes of second order

I encountered the following statement in an article: Let $f(X) = f(X_1, ..., X_N) = \sum_{|\alpha| \geq 2} {a_{\alpha}X^{\alpha}}$ be a convergent power series which vanishes of second order at ...
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Why is $a_{n}(x,y)=a_{n}(y)$?

This particular question is connected (with a slight variation in the definition of $g$) to an earlier question. The link is here. The specifics are: Given that $u(x,y)$ is the solution of a PDE ($x$ ...
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A problem of convergence in $L^2(0,T;L^6(\Omega))$

Why $u_m\to u\mbox{ in }L^2(0,T;L^2(\Omega))\Rightarrow u_m 1_{\{|u_m|\leq\lambda\}}\to u 1_{\{|u|\leq\lambda\}}\mbox{ in }L^2(0,T;L^6(\Omega))?$
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Partial derivation of a population kinetic's equation

In reviewing my biophysics' course on population kinetics I am stuck in finding which equation was actually used to derive from. It uses an example to "explain" the analytical method, in order to ...
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heat kernel on n-sphere

I'm interested in diffusion, a.k.a. the heat kernel driven by the Laplace-Beltrami operator, on the $n$-dimensional sphere. There are lots of bounds showing that, for small times, it behaves in a way ...
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Well-Posedness PDE of the Form $\partial_t u = P(\partial_x) u$ for a Polynomial $P$

My question is to determine whether the PDE $\partial_t u = P(\partial_x) u$, with $2\pi$-periodic boundary conditions, for a polynomial $P$, is well-posed; this depends on the polynomial, and my ...
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Finite Difference Method Stability with diffusion equation

The diffusion equation is: $ \frac{\partial T}{\partial t} = \alpha \left( \frac{\partial^2 T}{\partial x^2} \right) $ An explicit finite difference approach can be used to solve this, forward in ...
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Mollification of functions in $L^2(0,T;H^1)\cap H^1(0,T;H^{-1})$

Let $u \in L^2(0,T;H^1(\Omega))\cap H^1(0,T;H^{-1}(\Omega))$ where $\Omega \subset \mathbb{R}^n$ is a bounded domain. I know that (eg. from Wloka or Hunter's PDE notes) that there is a mollification ...
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Green's function ( Differential Equations)

I am pretty fine on solving the partial differential equations using the method of separation of variables, now I am trying to understand the concept of Green's function for solving the PDE.And, I am ...
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Implicit Function Theorem (Two Variables)

While reading through a paper I came a cross a result (due to the Implicit Function Theorem) that I cannot derive. Let $u(x,y)$ be the solution of a PDE ($x$ and $y$ are independent variables). We ...
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Normal mode solutions

Why does the solution choose those highlighted in green. Don't you normally have to pick the more general $\displaystyle\eta=\hat\eta (e^{ik(x-ct)}+$complex conjugate$)$ and then consider $\hat\eta ...
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Linear Water Waves

When solving , $\displaystyle {\partial^2 \tilde\phi\over\partial x^2}+{\partial^2 \tilde\phi\over\partial y^2}=0$ Why is it that $-h<y<0$ as opposed to ...
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Surface tension

Am I able to tell from this question that there is no surface tension? It's just the solution assumes this but it is not stated explicitly in the question.
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Solve Burgers' Equation with side condition.

Solve Burgers' equation $$u_t + uu_x =0,$$ with $u=u(x,t)$ and the side condition $u(x,-1) = x^2$. Find the solution for $u=u(1,2)$ I can't figure out how to use the side condition in order to find ...
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Weakly * continuous definition

What does it mean that $$t\to u(t,\cdot)$$ is waakly* continuous from $[0,T]$ to $L^\infty(\mathbb{R}^d)$? I guess that I have to see $L^\infty(\mathbb{R}^d)$ as the dual of $L^1(\mathbb{R}^d)$ and ...
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Solving $\frac{\partial z}{\partial x} + \frac{\partial z}{\partial y} = 0$ by changing variables

Transform the differential equation $\frac{\partial z}{\partial x} + \frac{\partial z}{\partial y} = 0 $ by introducing new variables $x = u+v$ and $y=u-v$. then solve it. I which I could show ...
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Hyperbolic Systems and Charactersitics

I am trying to follow the derivation of finding the characteristics of a hyperbolic system in the general case. I understand up till the equation, where I have highlighted the RHS in green. I ...
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Properties of weak derivatives in Sobolev spaces

In PDE Evans 2nd edition, pages 261-263, there is a theorem and its proof which concerns the four properties of weak derivatives. Unfortunately, I do not understand the fourth property, which I will ...