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    Lightbulb partial differential equation

    The question I'm solving is as follows.

    The differential equation given by,
     x \frac{\partial u}{\partial x} + y \frac{\partial u}{\partial y} = 2u

    satisfying the initial conditions y = xg(x) and u = f(x) with

    a) f(x) = 2x, g(x)= 1 has no solution.
    b) f(x) = 2x2, g(x) = 1 has infinite number of solutions
    c) f(x) = x3, g(x) = x has a unique solution
    d) f(x) = x4, g(x) = x has a unique solution.

    My initial line of approach was that the give equation was similar to the Euler's theorem for a homogenous function 'u' whose degree was 2. Since u = f(x), f(x) must be also homogenous function of degree 2, and the options had only one of them with degree 2.

    Am i right in my conclusion? If so can someone guide me on concluding the no. of solutions as infinite?
    If not, can someone help me get started?

    P.S. I tried using LATEX but i kept getting an image saying that my tag was more than 25 characters. Hence I had to revert to attaching a .jpeg file.

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    Last edited by MAX09; October 30th 2012 at 03:03 PM. Reason: latex code incorect
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    Re: partial differential equation

    Hi !

    This is the opportunity to show you how to solve this kind of PDE.
    About the conditions : Two examples are shown. Then, I suppose that you will answer by yourself to the other cases.
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    Lightbulb Re: partial differential equation

    I have a doubt with one of the steps shown in the image...

    When I add up  \frac {\partial u}{\partial X} and \frac {\partial u}{\partial Y} , i don't get 2u...

    Am I missing something?

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    Re: partial differential equation

    Are you sure to correctly apply the chain rule for the derivation of a function of function ?
    You should publish on the forum your calculus. So, we could see where is the mistake.
    See in attachment the final verification.
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    Re: partial differential equation

    Jjacquelin, i guess i made a minor error when it came down to the chain rule ... i didn't observe something which was quite obvious and before me... now i'm able to see the elegance of your solution..

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    Lightbulb Re: partial differential equation

    Jjacquelin.. i've followed your instructions and i just wanna verifythe other two cases as well... here they are..

    option (i) is true because 2x can never be made proportional to x2 for any definition of f(x).
    option (iii) is true because equality is obtained for a unique definition of f(1/x) = 1/x itself.

    Option (ii) f(x) = 2x2, g(x) = 1. This implies y = x(1)= x u = f(x) = 2x2.
    This means  2x^2 = x * x * f( \frac {x}{x})
    = x2 * f(1)

    Equality can be arrived in this case for any definition for f(1) such that it is a constant.

    Option (iv) f(x) = x4, g(x) = x. This implies y = x(x)= x2 ; u = f(x) = x4.
    This means  x^4 = x * x^2 * f( \frac {x}{x^2})
     = x^3 * f(\frac {1}{x}) which can never be true as x3 can never give x4 for any definition of f(x).

    Please let me know if there 's any mistake in my understanding of the solution provided by you.


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    Last edited by MAX09; November 5th 2012 at 05:51 PM.
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    Re: partial differential equation

    Option (ii) : OK.
    Option (iv): << ... which can never be true as x^3 can never give x^4 for any definition of f(x). >> is incorrect.
    There is one function f(x) so that x^4 = (x^3) f(1/x). What is this function ?
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    Re: partial differential equation

    I guess i missed it... so x^4 may equal x^3 if f(1/x) is defined to be x, isn't it?
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    Re: partial differential equation

    Quote Originally Posted by MAX09 View Post
    I guess i missed it... so x^4 may equal x^3 if f(1/x) is defined to be x, isn't it?
    Yes.
    But then, what is f(x) ?
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    Re: partial differential equation

    Will the definition of f(x) be as follows ?

    f(x) = 1/x , x is not equal to 0.
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