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ziyao hu

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Difference between what we talk about in Chapter 3 & 4
« on: October 19, 2016, 10:54:31 AM »
I'm wondering why in Chapter 4, we need 2 boundary conditions, if we can solve the problem with only 1 b.c. just as the problem 5 in Assignment 5?
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Re: Difference between what we talk about in Chapter 3 & 4
« Reply #1 on: October 19, 2016, 12:10:28 PM »
You probably is confusing boundary conditions and initial conditions. For both wave equation and heat equation we need just 1 boundary condition at each end, however for other types of equations we may need more

Now, we need two  initial conditions (as $t=0$) for wave equation, and one for heat equation because the former has an order 2 with respect to $t$, and the latter has order $1$. This was explained in details during the lecture.

Please do not post big chunks of screenshots but only exact equations you are talking about, and better type them. Then you questions would not require guesswork to answer