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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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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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Is this proposition about $L^2$ functions correct?

Is this proposition correct? Will you please give a contour example if it is wrong? If $J \in L^2(\mathbb{R}) \cap C^1 (\mathbb{R})$, $f \in C^{\infty}(\mathbb{R})$, $|f'|\leq K$, where $K > 0$ is ...
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Difference in Definitions of Quasiconvexity

So I've seen a few different definitions of quasiconvexity of a function and I cannot, after a bit of working, figure out how all of them are related: Let $X$ be a convex subset of a real vector ...
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Pointwise (in time) convergence in $H^{-1}$ implies pointwise weak convergence in $L^q$, why?

Let $u_n \to u$ in $C^0([0,T];H^{-1}(\Omega))$ and suppose $\lVert u_n \rVert_{L^\infty(0,T;L^\infty(\Omega))} \leq C$ for all $n$. It follows that for almost all $t$, $u_n(t)$ is bounded in ...
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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 ...
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A diffeomorphism between manifolds (or surfaces) that preserves the mean value of functions

Let $M$ and $N$ be two Riemannian manifolds with $f:N \to M$ a diffeomorphism with the following properties: for all $u \in H^1(M)$, $\hat u := u\circ f$ satisfies $\hat u\in H^1(N)$ and furthermore ...
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Constant in Sobolev-Poincare inequality on compact manifold $M$; how does it depend on $M$?

Let $M$ be a smooth compact Riemannian manifold of dimension $n$. Let $p$ and $q$ be related by $\frac 1p = \frac 1q - \frac 1n$. There is a constant $C$ such that for all $u \in W^{1,q}(M)$ ...
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The range of the distributional laplacean, defined in $W_0^{1,1}(\Omega)$.

Let $\Omega\subset \mathbb{R}^N$ be a bounded, smooth domain. Assume that $u\in W_0^{1,1}(\Omega)$ and consider the distributional laplacean of $u$; $\Delta u$. My question is: when is $\Delta u\in ...
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Green identity for measures with compact support

Let $\Omega\subset\mathbb{R}^N$ be a bounded, smooth domain. Assume that $\mu \in \mathcal{M}(\Omega)$ has compact support in $\Omega.$ Let $u\in W_0^{1,1}(\Omega)$ be a solution of $$ \left\{ ...
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Proving that weak limit in $L^p$ and strong limit in $H^{-1}$ are the same

Let $\Omega \subset \mathbb{R}^n$ be a bounded domain. Let $p \geq 1$ and suppose that $u_n \rightharpoonup u$ in $L^p(\Omega)$ and $u_n \to v$ in $H^{-1}(\Omega)$. How to show that $u=v$? I can do ...
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A technical step in proving Hardy's inequality

A technical step in proving Hardy's inequality $$ \int_{B(0,r)}\frac{\mu^{2}}{|x|^{2}}dx\le C\int_{B(0,r)}(|D\mu|^{2}+\frac{\mu^{2}}{r^{2}})dx $$ where $n>3, r>0, \mu\in H^{1}(B(0,r))$ is to ...
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Want a dense subset of a Sobolev-Bochner space!!

Let $U \subset \mathbb{R}^n$ be a bounded domain. Let $$W=\{ u \in L^2(0,T;H^1(U))\cap L^\infty(0,T;L^\infty(U)) : u' \in L^2(0,T;H^{-1}(U))\}$$ and let $$D=\{u \in L^2(0,T;H^1(U)) \cap ...
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Local Mollification of a $L^1$ function

Let $f$ be a $L^1(\Omega)$ function, where $\Omega\subseteq \mathbb{R}^2$ is a smooth and bounded domain. Then can we find a fuction $\phi\in W_0^{2,2}$ suct that $\phi>0$ in $\Omega$ and ...
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Sobolev's inequality from Reed & Simon vol. II

In Reed & Simon vol. II, an inequality called Sobolev's inequality is stated in Eq. (IX.19): Let $0<\lambda<n$ and suppose that $f\in L^p(R^n)$, $h \in L^r(R^n)$ with $p^{-1} + r^{-1} + ...
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If $Du=0$ a.e. , does $u=c$ a.e.?

Let $W^{1,p}(U)$ be the Sobolev space, where $U$ is a connected bounded domain in $\mathbb{R}^n$ and $u\in W^{1,p}(U)$ satisfying $Du=0$ a.e. in $U$. Then $u$ is constant a.e. in $U$. I don't ...
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The Nash inequality on a compact manifold without a boundary.

Let $M$ be a compact manifold without boundary. Does the Nash inequality $$\lVert u \rVert^{1+\frac 2n}_{L^2} \leq C\lVert u \rVert^{\frac 2n}_{L^1} \lVert \nabla u \rVert_{L^2}$$ or something ...
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Sobolev Spaces and Derivative

I need help on the problem 8.9 at page 238 of the book "Functional Analysis, Sobolev Spaces and Partial Differential Equations" by Haim Brezis. Set $I=(0,1)$. Let $u \in W^{2,p}(I)$ with ...
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Sobolev spaces and using monotone convergence theorem (don't understand a paper)

I'm reading this paper. In it there the following argument (see page 240). Firstly, what precisely does the author mean by the displayed equation after 66? The PDE in (65) only holds weakly.. ...
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Weak Derivative Heaviside function

I have to prove that the Heaviside function $$ H(x):=\begin{cases} 1 &\mbox{if } x \in [0,+\infty) \\ 0 &\mbox{otherwise}\end{cases} $$ doesn't admit weak derivative in ...
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A priori estimates for functions in $C_0^\infty (\overline{\Omega})$.

Let $u\in C_0^\infty (\overline{\Omega})$, where $\Omega\subset \mathbb{R}^N$ is a bounded domain. Fix some $a\in \Omega$ and choose $r>0$ such that $\overline{\Omega}\subset B(a,r)$. Define ...
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If $u \in L^2(0,T;H^1)$ with $u_t \in L^2(0,T;H^1)$ and $u$ and $u_t$ are bounded, is $u \in C([0,T];L^\infty$)?

Let $u \in L^2(0,T;H^1(\Omega))$ with $u_t \in L^2(0,T;H^{-1}(\Omega))$ so $$\int_0^T u(t)\varphi'(t) = -\int_0^T u'(t)\varphi(t)$$ holds for all $\varphi \in C_c^\infty(0,T)$. Suppose we know ...
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Characterization of weak solution

5 Nonlinear elliptic variational inequalities Preliminaries In order to explain the importance of elliptic variational inequalities, first consider the weak solution of the linear ...
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If $u_n \to u$ in $C([0,T];H^{-1})$ and $\lVert u_n\rVert_{L^\infty} \leq C$ then $u_n(t) \rightharpoonup u(t)$ in $L^1(\Omega)$?

Let $u_n \to u$ strongly in $C([0,T];H^{-1}(\Omega))$ and suppose that $u_n$ is uniformly bounded in $L^\infty((0,T)\times\Omega)$. Then $$u_n(t) \to u(t)$$ weakly in $L^1(\Omega)$ for each $t$? Can ...
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Spherical rearrangement

Let $u\colon\Omega\subset\mathbb{R}^N\to\mathbb{R}$ be a non negative measurable function, and $\Omega$ open and bounded. Consider $u^*$ the spherical rearrangement $$ u^*(x)=\sup\{t\geq0 : \mu\{x: ...
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Regularity of a Weak Solution to Fokker-Planck Equation

Suppose that $\rho \in L^1(\mathbb{R}^n \times (0,T))$ for every $T < \infty$ is a weak solution of the PDE \begin{align} \partial_t\rho &= \Delta \rho + \text{div}(\rho\nabla\Psi(x))\\ \rho(t ...
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Want to show $\lim_{\epsilon \to 0}\frac{1}{\epsilon} \int_0^T \langle u_t(t), T_\epsilon(u(t)) \rangle = \int_\Omega |u(T)| - \int_\Omega |u(0)|$

Let $\Omega \subset \mathbb{R}^n$ be a bounded domain and let $u \in L^2(0,T;H^1(\Omega))$ with $u_t \in L^2(0,T;H^{-1}(\Omega))$. Define the truncation function$$T_\epsilon(x) = \begin{cases} ...
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Why are $L^p$-spaces so ubiquitous?

It always baffled me why $L^p$-spaces are the spaces of choice in almost any area (sometimes with some added regularity (Sobolev/Besov/...)). I understand that the exponent allows for convenient ...
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What is the dual of $A\cap B$

I encountered with some elliptic problem which admits a variational formulation in terms of space $X$ and I need to understand its dual. Suppose that $2<p<\infty$, $\Omega\subset {\mathbb R}^d$ ...
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Convergence in $L^p$ plus bounded gradient implies that the limit belongs to $W^{1,p}$?

I have a question with this problem I have found in the latest edition of the book Functional analysis, Sobolev Spaces author Haim Brezis pag 264 Remark 4 Let $(u_n) \subset W^{1,p} $ such that $u_n ...
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Equivalent Definitions of Negative Order Sobolev Spaces

Ignoring fractional sobolev spaces, if we restrict ourselves to $k>0$ when $k$ is an integer, then the Sobolev space of order $k$, for $W^{k,p}(\mathbb{R})$ is the space of functions $f$ such that ...
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Inverse Laplace operator $\Delta^{-1}$ and Sobolev spaces

I'm looking for some regularity results for the inverse Laplace operator. More precisely - we're set in $\mathbb{R}^3$ and we are looking at the operator $$ \Delta^{-1}f = \frac{x}{|x|^3} \ast f$$ I'd ...
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Spectrum of the operator $A(f,g)=(g,\Delta f-f)$

Let $\Omega$ be an open set in $\mathbb{R^n}$. We consider the product Hilbert space $H=H^1_0(\Omega)\times L^2(\Omega)$ with the norm $$|(f,g)|^2=\int_\Omega (|\nabla f|^2+|f|^2+|g|^2 ) dx$$ We ...
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On the density of $\mathcal{C}^\infty(\Omega) \cap W^{1,\infty}(\Omega)$ in $W^{1,\infty}(\Omega)$

Let $\Omega$ be an open set of $\mathbb{R}^n$ ($n\ge 1$). We know that the Meyers-Serrin theorem isn't true in $W^{1,\infty}(\Omega)$. But is it true that $\mathcal{C}^\infty(\Omega) \cap ...
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Why is this bilinear form elliptic on $H^1_0$?

I have the following bilinear form: $$ a(v,w) = \int_\Omega \nabla v(x) \cdot \nabla w(x)dx + \int_\Omega \left( \sum_{i=1}^n \beta_i v_{x_i}(x) \right) w(x) dx $$ where $\Omega \subset ...
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poincare-sobolev inequality

How can we prove this inequality? For $q=\frac{np}{n-p}$ and $1\leq p<n$, there is a constant $c=c(n,p)$ such that if $u\in W^{1,p}(B_r)$, then ...
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negative Sobolev space contains $L^1$ for a compact domain

I'd like to use something like Aubin-Lions lemma for the following spaces: $$ C^{0, \alpha}(B) \subset L^1(B) \subset W^{-1, q}(B),$$ with $B \subset \mathbb{R}^n$ being a compact, say a closed ball ...
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Chain rule for $(f(u))'$ when $u \in H^1$ and $f$ is only piecewise Lipschitz?

Let $f:\mathbb{R} \to \mathbb{R}$ be a peicewise lipschitz function, eg. $f(x) = \chi_{(0,1)}(x)$. Let $\Omega$ be a bounded domain in $\mathbb{R}^n$ and let $u \in H^1(\Omega)$. Is the chain rule ...
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If $u=v$ on $A \subset \Omega$, then $\nabla u = \nabla v$ on $A$ too

Let $\Omega \subset \mathbb{R}^n$ be a bounded domain and let $A \subset \Omega$ be measure nonzero. For $u, v \in H^1(\Omega)$, if $u=v$ (a.e) on $A$, how to prove that $\nabla u = \nabla v$ on $A$? ...
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A bound on $\nabla u$ in $L^\infty(0,T;L^2)$; how to make argument rigorous?

Suppose $u \in L^2(0,T;L^2)$, $u_t \in L^2(0,T;H^{-1})$ and $f \in L^\infty((0,T)\times\Omega)$. I have the weak form $$\langle u_t, \varphi \rangle_{H^{-1}, H^1} + \int_\Omega\nabla u \nabla \varphi ...
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Asymptotics of a Sobolev function on unbounded interval

Suppose $f : (0,\infty) \to \mathbb{R}$ is locally $H^1$ and $\int_0^\infty (|f'(t)|^2 + |f(t)|^2) e^{-t} dt$ is finite. Is then $\lim_{t \to \infty} e^{-t} |f(t)|^2 = 0$?
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For which $s\in\mathbb R$, is $H^s(\mathbb T)$ a Banach algebra?

According to Theorem 4.39 in Adams & Fournier Sobolev Spaces: If $mp>n$, $m\in\mathbb N$, then $W^{m,p}(\Omega)$ is a Banach algebra, provided that $\Omega\subset\mathbb R^n$ satisfies the ...
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p--laplacian problem

For $f \in W^{-1,p'}(\Omega)$, $f \geq 0$, we definr $v,$ $v_{\epsilon}$, $g_{\epsilon}$ by $$-\mathrm{div}(|Dv|^{p-2} Dv)=f \quad \mbox{in} \mathcal{D}'(\Omega), \quad v \in W^{1,p}_0(\Omega)$$ with ...
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A bound in Sobolev spaces of negative order

Let's consider the domain $U=[-\pi,\pi]\times[-1,1]$. Assume that we have two functions $f\in H^2$ and $g\in H^{1/2}$. I wonder if the following bound is true: $$ \|f g_{x_1}\|_{H^{-0.5}(U)}\leq ...
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Inner Product Representation of Functional on $H^1_0$

Let $T\colon H^1_0(\mathbb{R})\to \mathbb{R}, \;T(f)=\int f'\phi \;dx$, where $\phi\in L^2$ is fixed. By Hölder, $|T(f)|\leq\|\phi\|_2\|f'\|_2\leq C \|f\|_{H^1_0}$, i.e. $T$ is continuous. Therefore, ...
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$ \int_U |Du|^2\leq (\int_U u^2)^{1/2} (\int_U |D^2 u|^2 )^{1/2}$ for $u\in H^1_0(U)\cap H^2(U)$

This is an exercise in Evans's book PDE. For $u \in C_c^\infty(U)$, we have $$ \int_U |Du|^2\leq (\int_U u^2)^{1/2} (\int_U |D^2 u|^2 )^{1/2}$$ by Holder inequality and ...
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$f\in W^{1,p}((0,1))$ is absolute continuous

This is an exercise in Evans's PDE book $f\in W^{1,p}((0,1))$ is absolute continuous where $1\leq p < \infty $ Try : By definition of sobolev space, $f$ has weak derivative $f'$ So $$\ast\ ...
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Sobolev spaces in one-dimensional vs multidimensional

Here in Wikipedia, it is said that in the one-dimensional case, it is enough to assume that the $(k-1)$-th derivative of the function $f$, is differentiable almost everywhere and is equal almost ...
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estimating $L^p$ norm of $\frac{x}{|x|^3} \ast (-\text{div}_x \ldots)$

I've been having problems with following an argument in a paper I'm reading, I hope someone can help me understand the point. Suppose $f(t,\cdot,\cdot)$ is a $C_0^1 (\mathbb{R}^6)$ function for all ...
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A compactness result: if $f_n(u_n) \rightharpoonup w$ in $L^2(0,T;L^2)$, then $f_n(u_n) \to w$ in $L^2(s,T;H^{-1})$ for all $s > 0$.

Let $f_n \to f$ on compact subsets of the real line. If $u_m \rightharpoonup u$ in $L^2(0,T;H^1) \cap L^p(0,T;L^p)$ and $f_n(u_n) \rightharpoonup w$ in $L^2(0,T;L^2)$, then $f_n(u_n) \to w$ in ...