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##### APM346--Lectures & Home Assignments / Re: Exam Practice: Prob 69-72
« on: April 09, 2019, 10:09:58 PM »
yes

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##### APM346--Lectures & Home Assignments / Exam Practice: Prob 69-72
« on: April 09, 2019, 05:30:05 PM »
When we are asked to "find the Euler-Lagrange of [some functional T[v]]" are we supposed to :
a) differentiate T[v+$\epsilon$ w] w.r.t to w and evaluate at $\epsilon = 0$ to get the EL, or
b) just plug the Lagrangian into

$$\frac{\partial}{\partial x_j} \frac{\partial \mathcal{L}}{\partial v_{x_j}} = \frac{\partial \mathcal{L}}{\partial v}$$

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##### APM346--Lectures & Home Assignments / Re: Home Assignment 9
« on: April 01, 2019, 06:55:44 PM »
Yes

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##### APM346--Misc / Midterm 2018 (spring night) Prob 3
« on: February 27, 2019, 09:59:56 PM »
Could someone explain why u(x,t) =sin(x+3t) for x>t, when in the line above its says $\phi(x0 = \psi(x) = 0$ \\
Which would imply $$u = 0 \\for x > 0?$$

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##### Home Assignment 5 / Problem 1
« on: February 21, 2019, 05:54:56 PM »
I would like to know if my solution is correct.
for problem 1. 3

I am supposed to solve $$u_{t} = ku_{xx}, u(x, 0) = g(x)$$

where $$g(x) = \exp(-a |x|)$$

My solution:
$$u(x, t) = \frac{1}{4\sqrt{kt\pi}} \int_{-\inf}^{\inf} \exp(\frac{-(x-y)^2}{4kt}) \exp(-a|y|) dy$$
(*) to get rid of the absolute value:
$$u(x, t) = \frac{2}{4\sqrt{kt\pi}} \int_{0}^{\inf} \exp(\frac{-(x-y)^2}{4kt}) \exp(-ay) dy$$

I then complete the square for: $\frac{-(x-y)^2 - 4ktay}{4kt}$
to get:
$$u(x, t) = 2 \exp(ax-a^2kt) \frac{1}{4\sqrt{kt\pi}} \int_{0}^{\inf} \exp(\frac{-(y+2kat-x)^2}{4kt}) dy$$

I then use:  $$1 = \frac{1}{4\sqrt{kt\pi}} \int_{-\inf}^{\inf} \exp(\frac{-(y+2kat-x)^2}{4kt}) dy$$
(**) to write:  $$\frac{1}{2} = \frac{1}{4\sqrt{kt\pi}} \int_{0}^{\inf} \exp(\frac{-(y+2kat-x)^2}{4kt}) dy$$
$$u(x, t) = \frac{2 \exp(ax-a^2kt)}{2} = \exp(ax-a^2kt)$$

I feel like I might have taken a wrong turn at step (*) and/or (**); could someone let me know if this is right or wrong

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##### Home Assignment 3 / HW2.3 Problem 6
« on: January 30, 2019, 11:45:14 PM »
Part 2 of question 6 asks us to solve for v but then gives us the general form of v?

I am not sure what we are supposed to do here

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##### Home Assignment 2 / Home Assignment 2 problem 1(a)
« on: January 15, 2019, 04:12:16 PM »
For problem 1(a) equation 8: $u_t + (x^2+1)u_x = 0$

From solving for the characteristic equation I get $x = \tan(t-k)$ where k is a constant.

My question is how would I draw the characteristics in this case? The periodic nature of tan would result in just an indistinguishable blob of lines if I were to plot it out? Should I just draw the lines for one value of k?

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