Partial Differential Equations in Classical Mathematical Physics

Partial Differential Equations in Classical Mathematical Physics

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The unique feature of this book is that it considers the theory of partial differential equations in mathematical physics as the language of continuous processes, that is, as an interdisciplinary science that treats the hierarchy of mathematical phenomena as reflections of their physical counterparts. Special attention is drawn to tracing the development of these mathematical phenomena in different natural sciences, with examples drawn from continuum mechanics, electrodynamics, transport phenomena, thermodynamics, and chemical kinetics. At the same time, the authors trace the interrelation between the different types of problems - elliptic, parabolic, and hyperbolic - as the mathematical counterparts of stationary and evolutionary processes. This combination of mathematical comprehensiveness and natural scientific motivation represents a step forward in the presentation of the classical theory of PDEs, one that will be appreciated by both students and researchers more

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  • Online resource
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 80 b/w illus.
  • 1139173898
  • 9781139173896

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'There is no doubt that this is a work of considerable and thorough erudition.' The Times Higher Education Supplementshow more

Table of contents

Preface; 1. Introduction; 2. Typical equations of mathematical physics. Boundary conditions; 3. Cauchy problem for first-order partial differential equations; 4. Classification of second-order partial differential equations with linear principal part. Elements of the theory of characteristics; 5. Cauchy and mixed problems for the wave equation in R1. Method of travelling waves; 6. Cauchy and Goursat problems for a second-order linear hyperbolic equation with two independent variables. Riemann's method; 7. Cauchy problem for a 2-dimensional wave equation. The Volterra-D'Adhemar solution; 8. Cauchy problem for the wave equation in R3. Methods of averaging and descent. Huygens's principle; 9. Basic properties of harmonic functions; 10. Green's functions; 11. Sequences of harmonic functions. Perron's theorem. Schwarz alternating method; 12. Outer boundary-value problems. Elements of potential theory; 13. Cauchy problem for heat-conduction equation; 14. Maximum principle for parabolic equations; 15. Application of Green's formulas. Fundamental identity. Green's functions for Fourier equation; 16. Heat potentials; 17. Volterra integral equations and their application to solution of boundary-value problems in heat-conduction theory; 18. Sequences of parabolic functions; 19. Fourier method for bounded regions; 20. Integral transform method in unbounded regions; 21. Asymptotic expansions. Asymptotic solution of boundary-value problems; Appendix I. Elements of vector analysis; Appendix II. Elements of theory of Bessel functions; Appendix III. Fourier's method and Sturm-Liouville equations; Appendix IV. Fourier integral; Appendix V. Examples of solution of nontrivial engineering and physical problems; References; more