
Method of images
For the heat equation on a semi infinite domain we have been shown the method of images. Which to my understanding is basically using an even or odd extension to match the boundary condition.ie for $\displaystyle U_x(0,t)=0$
we use the even extension which meets this condition.And when the derivative is not specified but instead $\displaystyle U(0,t)=0$ we use the odd extension which has non zero derivative at x=0 but meets this boundary condition.
For example:
$\displaystyle U_t=kU_xx$
$\displaystyle U(x,0)=sinx$
$\displaystyle U(0,t)=0$
Then using the general solution to solve this i get $\displaystyle 2(sinx)e^{kt}$
The solution does not have a two. Which implies that the initial condition has been extended to an infinite domain and there is only one integral. As we were shown in class i get two integrals and since sin(x)=sinx i get the factor of two. I am wondering why there isnt a two in the solution.