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    PDE

    Need help with this problem. Problem is attached.

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    Quote Originally Posted by meks08999 View Post
    Need help with this problem. Problem is attached.

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    Something is wrong......


    u(x,y)=\psi(s) where s=x^2+y^2

    taking some derivatives we get

    u_x=\frac{d \psi}{ds}(2x) and

    u_y=\frac{d \psi}{ds}(2y)

    Now

    yu_x+xu_y=2xy\frac{d \psi}{ds}+2xy\frac{d \psi}{ds}=4xy\frac{d \psi}{dx} \ne 0
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    What do you mean by something is wrong?
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    Quote Originally Posted by meks08999 View Post
    What do you mean by something is wrong?
    The preposed solution is not a solution to the PDE.

    If you think about the problem geometrically

    yu_x+xu_y=0 the left hand side is the directional derviative of the function.

    This states the function is constant in the direction of the vector y \vec{i} +x \vec{j}

    This tells us that \frac{dy}{dx}=\frac{x}{y} \iff y^2=x^2+c \iff y^2-x^2=c

    This is a family of hyperbola's not circles as the problem asks......

    Your PDE needs to have one of the terms negative for that to be a solution.

    u(x,y)=\psi(y^2-x^2) is a solution to the pde.

    I.e if your problem read

    -yu_x+xu_y=0 or yu_x-xu_y=0

    u(x,y)=\psi(y^2+x^2) would be a solution.
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    There is an error in the problem. Thanks for pointing it out. I just received an email from my teacher just a little bit ago saying there was an incorrect sign.

    It was supposed to be yu_x-xu_y=0.

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    Quote Originally Posted by meks08999 View Post
    There is an error in the problem. Thanks for pointing it out. I just received an email from my teacher just a little bit ago saying there was an incorrect sign.

    It was supposed to be yu_x-xu_y=0.
    To change variables you need to use the chain rule

    u(x,y)=u(r\cos(\theta),r\sin(\theta))

    Hint: Find \frac{\partial u }{\partial \theta}
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    Use these chain rules

     <br />
u_x = u_r r_x + u_{\theta} \theta_x<br />

     <br />
u_y = u_r r_y + u_{\theta} \theta_y.<br />
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