By Michael Renardy

Partial differential equations are basic to the modeling of average phenomena. the will to appreciate the suggestions of those equations has consistently had a favorite position within the efforts of mathematicians and has encouraged such diversified fields as complicated functionality concept, practical research, and algebraic topology. This booklet, intended for a starting graduate viewers, offers an intensive advent to partial differential equations.

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2. Does there exist a minimizer atA? These questions are often ignored (either explicitly or tacitly) in elementary presentations, but we shall see that they are far from easy to answer. Proof. We give only a sketch of the proof and that will contain a number of holes to be filled later on. Let us define A. := {U : n+ R 1 U(X)= o for x t an, E(u) i a}. 65) and the calculations above imply that t ti or(t) is a quadratic function that is minimized when t = 0. Taking its first derivative at t = 0 yields and this holds for every u t Ao.

U,(x, t) = + (or, cos n ~ tp, s i n n ~ ts)i n n ~ x . 122) nT D'Alembert's solution for the Cauchy problem In this section we consider the Cauchy problem for the one-dimensional wave equation. 114) in the half-plane (x,t) t (-oo,oo) x (0,oo) and the initial conditions for x t ( - a , oo). To derive a solution to this problem we first examine two special traveling wave solutions of the wave equation. Suppose F and G are real-valued functions in C2(R). We obsenre that each solve the wave equation.

25. Solve the one-dimensional wave equation via separation of variables for the following boundary conditions: u(x,O) utG,O) u(0, t) u,(l,t) = = = = 0, sin TX, 0, 0. 26. 124) on the domain (x, t) t ( - a , cm) x (0, cm). Derive conditions on the initial data under which the problem is well-posed. How do your results differ if the domain under consideration is (x, t) t (-cm,cm) x (0,T) for some 0 < T < cm. Hint: If u(x,O) = 0 and ut(x,O) = t > 0 for x t (-cm,cm), then u grows arbitrarily large with time.