# Questions tagged [sobolev-spaces]

For questions about or related to Sobolev spaces, which are function spaces equipped with a norm combining norms of a function and its derivatives.

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### The dual of the Sobolev space $W^{k,p}$

The dual of the Sobolev space if defined to be $$(W^{k,p}(\Omega))' = W_0^{-k,p'}(\Omega)$$ where $\frac 1 p + \frac 1 {p'} = 1$. Why makes this definition sense, especially why do we have $L^{p'}$-...
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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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### $u\in W^{1,p}(0,1)$ is equal a.e. to an absolutely continuous function?

I have a simple question on Sobolev space theory. Let $1\le p \le \infty$. How can one prove that every $u\in W^{1,p}(0,1)$ is equal a.e. to an absolutely continuous function and that $u'$ exists a.e. ...
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### Can $u\in W_0^{1,p}\cap L^\infty$ be approximated by a sequence $u_k\in C_0^\infty$ with $\|u_k\|_\infty$ bounded?

Assume that $\Omega\subset\mathbb{R}^N$ is a bounded Lipschitz domain and let $p\in [1,\infty)$. Suppose that $u\in W_0^{1,p}(\Omega)\cap L^\infty (\Omega)$. Is it possible to approximate $u$ by a ...
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### Significance of Sobolev spaces for numerical analysis & PDEs?

I never had an option to take a Functional Analysis module. I am tied up with other work for the next two months so I won't get a chance to self-study it until September. So one thing I was wondering ...
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