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APM3462016F => APM346Lectures => Chapter 2 => Topic started by: Shaghayegh A on October 10, 2016, 01:25:42 PM

I am having trouble with problem 1 of home assignment 1, it asks to find u(x,t) for :
$$\begin{align*}
& u_{tt}c^2u_{xx}=0, &&t>0, x>0, \\\
&u_{t=0}= \phi (x), &&x>0, \\
&u_t_{t=0}= c\phi'(x), &&x>0, \\
&u_{x=0}=\chi(t), &&t>0.
\end{align*}$$
My solution: $u=f(x+ct)+g(xct)$ where f and g are some functions. By the boundary conditions,
$$\begin{align*}
& f(x)+g(x)=\phi(x) \\\
& f'(x)g'(x)=\phi ' (x) \implies f(x)g(x)=\phi(x)\\\
\end{align*}$$ So $f(x)=\phi(x)$ and $g(x)=0$ so $f(x+ct)=\phi(x+ct)$ , but is this true for all x>0? Because it seems that t can be negative here and we must say $$f(x+ct)=\phi(x+ct), x>ct $$
Thank you

Because it seems that $t$ can be negative here
Please note $t>0$ in equation
PS Also: you posted it originally into the wrong board "Chapter 3"