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    A semi-infinite cylinder of metal lies along the positive x-axis with its sides and the face at x = 0 insulated. The initial temperature distribution is given by u(x,0) = u_0 e^{\frac{-x}{L}} where u_0 and L are positive constants. Show that the temperature in the cylinder is given for t > 0 and x > 0 by

    u(x,t) = \frac{u_0}{2} e^{\frac{c^2 t}{L^2}} \Biggl( \ e^{-\frac{x}{L}} \Biggl[ 1 + \mbox{erf} \ \ \Biggl( \frac{x - \frac{2c^2t}{L}}{\sqrt{(4c^2t)}} \Biggr) \Biggr]  +  \ e^{\frac{x}{L}} \Biggl[1 - \mbox{erf} \ \ \Biggl( \frac{x - \frac{2c^2t}{L}}{\sqrt{(4c^2t)}} \Biggr) \Biggr] \Biggr)
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    Faces insulated, initial temperature distribution u(x,0) = u_0 e^{\frac{-x}{L}}.


    So, the solution is given by

    u(x,t)=\int H(x-y,t)u(y,0)dy, where H is the heat kernel H(x,t)=\frac{1}{2c\sqrt{\pi t}}\exp\left(\frac{-x^2}{4c^2t}\right). Have fun calculating
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