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**spearfish** Hey guys,

I am a bit confused as to how to tell if an ordinary differential eqn. is hyperbolic, parabolic, when given a random pde. For example, I was looking at a book and it gave this example to determine the type:

Uxx - 3Uxy = 0

The book said to use det A = (a11*a22) - (a12)^2, where 11 = xx, 12 = xy, 22 = yy. I tried working it out using this method and I got 0-9 = -9, but the book gets -9/4??

I know there is also another method, such as B^2 - 4AC =0, >0, <0. Then thing is, I don't have any clue as to how to extract the B, A, C from the above equation. How can I tell which is A, B, C??? Thanks for any and all help.