Chapter 2
FOUR IMPORTANT
LINEAR PARTIAL
DIFFERENTIAL
EQUATIONS
2.1 Transport equation
2.2 Laplace’s equation
2.3 Heat equation
2.4 Wave equation
2.5 Problems
2.6 References
In this chapter we introduce four fundamental linear partial differen-
tial equations for which various explicit formulas for solutions are available.
These are
the transport equation ut + b · Du = 0 (§2.1),
Laplace’s equation Δu = 0 (§2.2),
the heat equation ut Δu = 0 (§2.3),
the wave equation utt Δu = 0 (§2.4).
Before going further, the reader should review the discussions of inequal-
ities, integration by parts, Green’s formulas, convolutions, etc., in Appen-
dices B and C and later refer back to these as necessary.
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