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    Characteristics of quasilinear PDE

    Ok, so I've been trying to solve this for a while now and I don't seem to get anywhere. Hope someone can point in the right direction.

    We have the PDE

    x(y^2+u)u_x-y(x^2+u)u_y=(x^2-y^2)u

    where x,y are independent variables and u=u(x,y).

    So, I know that the equations for the characteristics in this case are

    x_t=x(y^2+u)

    y_t=-y(x^2+u)

    u_t=(x^2-y^2)u

    but, I don't see how I can obtain t,s from here, I've tried playing with the coefficients in the original, isolating u or u_x but that gets me nowhere. I'm thinking of proposing the curve x^2-y^2=c as a characteristic, but I haven't checked if it is. So, if someone could give any hints as to how to solve this it would be appreciated.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jose27 View Post
    Ok, so I've been trying to solve this for a while now and I don't seem to get anywhere. Hope someone can point in the right direction.

    We have the PDE

    x(y^2+u)u_x-y(x^2+u)u_y=(x^2-y^2)u

    where x,y are independent variables and u=u(x,y).

    So, I know that the equations for the characteristics in this case are

    x_t=x(y^2+u)

    y_t=-y(x^2+u)

    u_t=(x^2-y^2)u

    but, I don't see how I can obtain t,s from here, I've tried playing with the coefficients in the original, isolating u or u_x but that gets me nowhere. I'm thinking of proposing the curve x^2-y^2=c as a characteristic, but I haven't checked if it is. So, if someone could give any hints as to how to solve this it would be appreciated.
    Have you considered the proportion ratios

    \frac{dx}{x(y^2+u)}-\frac{dy}{y(x^2+u)}=\frac{du}{u(x^2-y^2)}(=dt)

    Where you try to eliminate an independent variable.
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    Try the following combinations and see where that leads you

    x x_t + y y_t - u_t

    u\left(y x_t + x y_t\right) + x y u_t.
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