u may well be a function of two variables, say, x and y, but since y does not appear in the equation, it is can be treated as an ordinary equation. I also cannot imagine why one would want to use 'Maple'. The equation du/dx= -2xu can be separated to du/u= -2xdx and then, integrating both sides, . Now, if u is a function of x and y (or more variables) the other variables are treated as constants in differentiating with respect to x so the "constant", C may be functions of those variables. If we are given that u is a function of x and y only, then . Of course, e to the power of an unknown function of y is itself an unknown function of y so we could also have used the solution to get where f(y) is an arbitrary function of y.

What answer did Maple give?