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approximate a weak derivative

Let $\Omega$ be an open bounded set of $\mathbb{R}^N$ and $u\in H_0^1(\Omega)$. Suppose $|\nabla u|>1$ on a set of positive measure, then by inner regularity of Lebesgue measure, there exists a ...
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divergence form of the determinant

I'm having problems with the following question: Let $\Omega\subset\mathbb{R}^2$ open and bounded. Let $\{u^n\}_{n\in\mathbb{N}}$ a bounded sequence in $H_0^1(\Omega:\mathbb{R}^2)$ such that ...
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Weak convergence of determinant

I'm having problems with the following question: Let $\Omega\subset\mathbb{R}^2$ open and bounded. Let $\{u^n\}_{n\in\mathbb{N}}$ a bounded sequence in $H_0^1(\Omega:\mathbb{R}^2)$ such that ...
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Weak differentiation and derivatives of test functions

I am currently working to see if $\frac{1}{x}$ is weakly differentiable on $(0,1)$. I have reached that conclusion via integration by parts that, if so, for all $ \phi\in C^{\infty}_c$: $\int_{0}^{1} ...
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Confused about weak derivatives in Evans

I'm a bit confused about how Evans refers to derivatives at some points and if he means weak derivative. In particular on page 301 he gives the definition that if $\textbf{u} \in L^1(0,T;X)$ and ...
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Weak derivative as an $L^2$ limit of the difference quotient

Let $u \in H^1(\mathbb{R})$. Show that $$\left\| \frac{u(x+h)-u(x)}{h} - u' \right\|_2 \to 0\quad \text{ as } h \to 0, $$ where $u' \in L^2(\mathbb{R})$ is the weak derivative of $u$. In other words, ...
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How can I prove that this function doesn't have a second weak derivative?

I'm trying to determine what weak derivatives the function $$ f(x)=\begin{cases} x&\mbox{if }0<x<1,\\ 1&\mbox{if }1\leq x<2, \end{cases} $$ has. I already managed to prove that it ...
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Integrable pointwise derivative of integrable continuous function is weak derivative

Let $f:[0,T] \to \mathbb{R}$ be a continuous function, with pointwise derivative $f'$, which may not be continuous. Suppose $f$ and $f'$ are integrable. How do I show that $f'$ is the weak derivative ...
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Does existence and uniqueness of a classical solution impose uniqueness of weak solutions to a pde?

I wonder if one knows that there exists a unique classical solution of a pde (for instance: Fokker-Planck equation), is one able to conclude that there isn't any weak solution of the pde, which ...
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dense subspace of $C(0,T)$

I want to prove that the space H of functions which are continuous in [0,T] with weak derivative in $L^2[0,T]$ and their value in 0 is 0, is dense in the space of continuous functions in [0,T] with ...
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Sobolev space on union of two open sets

Let $\Omega_1,\Omega_2 \subset \mathbb{R}^n$ be open sets. Let $p \in [1,\infty]$. Let $u: \Omega_1 \cup \Omega_2 \to \mathbb{R}$ be a function such that $u|_{\Omega_1} \in W^{1,p}(\Omega_1)$ and ...
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Weak star convergence leads to weak convergence of derivative?

Let $u_\epsilon \in W^{1,p}(\Omega)$ be a sequence with $\Omega \subset \mathbb{R}^n$ bounded. Let $u_\epsilon \rightharpoonup^* u$ weakly* in $L^\infty (\Omega)$ (for a subsequence) with $u \in ...
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Solve a PDE in the distribution sense.

I want to solve (in the distribution sense) this equation: $ x^{2} u= \delta_{0}$. I tried to use the variational form to deduce u but I get stuck. Can someone help? thanks.
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Is it a Sobolev function?

Let $U=(-1,1)\times(-1,1)$. Define $$ u(x)=\begin{cases}1-x_1 \;\;\text{if}\;\;x_1>0,|x_2|<x_1 \\1+x_1\;\;\text{if}\;\;x_1<0, ...
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Weak derivative zero implies constant function

Let $u\in W^{1,p}(U)$ such that $Du=0$ a.e. on $U$. I have to prove that $u$ is constant a.e. on $U$. Take $(\rho_{\varepsilon})_{\varepsilon>0}$ mollifiers. I know that ...
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A derivative identity, for any multi-index.

I'm trying to prove by induction on the multi-index $\alpha$, that, $$\sum\limits_{j=\frac{|\alpha|}{2}}^{|\alpha|}\sum\limits_{|\beta|=2j-|\alpha|}c_{\beta}x^{\alpha}[m_z(x)]^{j+1}=D^{\alpha}m_z(x)$$ ...
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If $f$ is differentiable everywhere, is $f'$ the weak derivative?

Let $f \in C^0([0,T])$ be such that $f'$ exists in the classical sense everywhere, but $f'$ may not be continuous. Is it true that $f'$ is the weak derivative of $f$ too, if it exists? I know this is ...
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Weak derivatives equals zero

Im just learning sobovel space, I was wondering if the weak derivate holds similar things of the original derivate. Let $U\subset \mathbb{R^n}$ is a open set, and $u\in W^{1,p}$ if $$Du=0 \ \ a.e$$ ...
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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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A weak derivative of a function of two variable which depends only on one variable

Assume that $f: \mathbb R^2 \rightarrow \mathbb R$ is locally integrable and has a locally integrable weak patrial derivative $\partial_1 f.$ Let moreover $f$ depends only on the first variable: ...
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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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Find a weak derivative of this function

Let $B(0,1)$ be the open unit ball in Euclidean space $\mathbb R^2$ and $(a_n)_{n=1}^\infty$ be a dense subset of $B(0,1)$. I wish to show for fixed $s\in (0,1)$ the function $$ ...
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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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If $u \in L^2(0,T;H^1)$ has a distributional derivative $u' \in L^2(0,T;H^{-1})$, does $(u^+)' \in L^2(0,T;H^{-1})$ make sense?

If $u \in L^2(0,T;H^1)$ has a distributional derivative $u' \in L^2(0,T;H^{-1})$, does $(u^+)' \in L^2(0,T;H^{-1})$ exist, i.e., is $u^+$ weakly differentiable in time? By $u^+$ I mean the positive ...
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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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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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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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Heaviside function has no weak derivative on $(-1, 1)$

I want to proof that the Heaviside function $$H(x) = \begin{cases} 1 & \text{if }x >0\\ 0 &\text{if }x\leq 0\end{cases}$$ has no weak derivative on $(-1,1)$. If I assume it has a weak ...
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If $u \in L^2(0,T;L^2)$ and $u' \in L^2(0,T;H^{-1})$, is $u \in C^0([0,T];V)$ for some space $V$?

If $u \in L^2(0,T;L^2)$ has weak derivative $u' \in L^2(0,T;H^{-1})$, is $u \in C^0([0,T];V)$ for some Banach space $V$? For what $V$ Lebesgue spaces does this hold? I cannot find any results.
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If $v_i \in L^2(0,T;H^1)$ with $v_i' \in L^2(0,T;H^{-1})$, what can we say about $w(t) = \int_s^t (v_1-v_2)(\tau)\;d\tau$?

If $v_i \in L^2(0,T;H^1)$ with $v_i' \in L^2(0,T;H^{-1})$, what can we say about $w(t) = \int_s^t (v_1-v_2)(\tau)\;d\tau$? Is $w$ also of the same regularity? Heuristically, I thought: let $V_i$ be ...
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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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Does weakly differentiable and $L^{\infty}$ imply continuity

Suppose $\Omega \subset \mathbb{R}^d$ is open, connected and bounded. Is $$W^{1,1}(\Omega)\cap L^{\infty}(\Omega) \subset C(\bar{\Omega})?$$ Here $W^{1,1}$ denotes the space of all weakly ...
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Is a function in $L^2$ which second derivative is in $L^2$ in $H^2$?

Let $\Omega$ be a bounded domain in $\mathbb{R}^n$ with smooth boundary. Assume that $f\in L^2(\Omega)$ and $f^{\prime\prime}\in L^2(\Omega)$. Does one have $f\in H^2(\Omega)$? Useless comments: ...
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Differentiation of norm in Banach space (explanation of text needed)

Let $Y$ be uniformly smooth Banach space. Consider the convex $C^1$ functional $\Phi:Y \to \mathbb{R}$ defined $$\Phi(y) = \frac{1}{q}\Vert y \Vert^q_{Y}.$$ Its derivative $\varphi:Y \to Y'$ is a ...
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Example of weak derivative on multivariable function

In order to explain about the concept of weak derivatives, I plan to give examples on them. I already manage one example for the single-variable case, but I think it would be better if I can provide ...
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Chain rule for weak derivatives of $f(u)$ where $f'$ is not bounded but $u$ is?

Let $f:\mathbb{R} \to \mathbb{R}$ be $C^1$. Suppose $u$ has a weak derivative $u_x$. I want the chain rule $$\partial_x (f(u)) = f'(u)u_x$$ to hold. We know this holds if $f'$ is bounded. But I don't ...
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Finite Element Method Weak Formulation

I have a question about the weak formulation of a PDE in finite element analysis. Suppose we have the following two-dimensional PDE: $$ \Delta \cdot u(x,y) = q(x,y) $$ where $q$ is given, $u$ is ...
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Weak stochastic integral

I recently encountered the following object, referred to as "weak stochastic integral" in the book of SPDE's by Prévôt/Röckner [PR07]: $$ \int_0^T \langle \Psi \,\mathrm dW(t), \Phi(t)\rangle $$ A ...
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Notion for weak derivatives of $L^p(0,T,X)$-functions

A definition in Evan's PDE-book from chapter 5.9.2 says (let $X$ be a Banach space): Let $u\in L^1(0,T,X)$. We say $v\in L^1(0,T,X)$ is the weak derivative of $u$ provided $$\int_0^T \phi'(t)u(t)dt = ...
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Density in $H^1_0$

Let $\Omega = \mathbb{R}^2_+=\{(x,y)\in \mathbb{R}^2; y>0\}$ and let $v \in H^1_0(\Omega)$. For $h \neq 0$ we define $D_h v = \dfrac{v(x+h,y)-v(x,y)}{h}$ such as $\forall \varphi \in ...
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Sobolev space-exercice [closed]

Let $\Omega = \mathbb{R}^2_+$. My question is: how we prove that if $v \in H^2(\Omega)$ such as $v(x,0)=0$, then $\dfrac{\partial v}{\partial x} \in H^1_0(\Omega)$ ?
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How does integration over $\delta^{(n)}(x)$ work?

For a math paper I need to be able to evaluate $\int_{-a}^{a}\delta^{(n)}(x)\ f(x)\ dx$ for differentiable $f$. I know that it is 'supposed' to equal $(-1)^nf^{(n)}(0)$: $$\int_{-a}^a\delta^{(n)}(x)\ ...
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How to interpret $\langle (f(u))', v \rangle = \langle f'(u)u', v \rangle$?

We know that if $u$ has a weak derivative $u'$, and if $f \in C^1$ with $f'$ bounded then $(f(u))'= f'(u)u'$. But how interpret the duality pairing $$\langle (f(u))', v \rangle = \langle f'(u)u', v ...
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Showing $\langle ((u-c)^+)', (u-c)^+ \rangle = \langle u', (u-c)^+ \rangle$

Let $u \in L^2(0,T;H^1)$ have weak derivative $u' \in L^2(0,T;H^{-1}).$ Let $c$ be a constant. I want to show that $$\langle ((u-c)^+)', (u-c)^+ \rangle = \langle u', (u-c)^+ \rangle$$ where $(f)^+ = ...
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PDE weak solution , how could i prove it?

let be $ n \ge 3 $ and U a bounded set including the point $0 $ then i must show that a) the vector $ u= \frac{x}{|x|} $ belongs to $ H^{1}(U, R^{n})$ and it is an harmonic map into the sphere $ ...
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Establishing the n-th order weak derivative.

Consider $$AC^{n}:=\{f\in{AC}:f^{(k)}\in{AC}, 1\leq k \leq n-1\}$$ where $AC$ stands for the space of absolutely continuous functions. Now, let $f,g\in{L_{loc}^{1}(a,b)}$ and ...
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Approximation of a function with a polynomial of degree n.

Let $f\in{L_{loc}^{1}}$ such that $\int_{a}^{b}{f(x)}{\phi}^{(n)}(x)dx=0$ for all $\phi\in{C_{0}^{\infty}}(a,b)$. Then how do we show there exists a polynomial $P(x)$ of degree less or equal to $n-1$ ...
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Weak Laplacian of $\|x\|^\alpha$

Let $\alpha> 0$ and consider the function $\|\mathbf x\|^\alpha = (x^2 + y^2)^{\frac{\alpha}{2}}$ defined on $\mathbb R^2$. I want to compute the Laplacian $\Delta (\|\mathbf x\|^\alpha)$ in the ...
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Weak derivative: Showing a function is equal to zero a.e.

I am very beginner in the theory of weak derivative. I am trying to fix the following problem: Suppose that $f\in{L_{loc}^{1}}$ and $\int_{a}^{b}f(x)\phi({x})dx=0$ for all $\phi\in{C_{0}^{\infty}}$ ...
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Questions about weak derivatives

There are two definitions of generalized differentiation that seem relevant to the context of PDEs. (That is we generalize what objects can be differentiated but we stay in Euclidean space. There are ...