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**Unformatted text preview: **MATH 220: PRACTICE MIDTERM, SOLUTIONS This is a closed book, closed notes, no calculators exam. There are 5 problems. Solve all of them. Total score: 100 points. Problem 1. (i) (13 points) Find the general C 1 solution of the PDE 3 y 2 u x + u y = 0 . (ii) (6 points) Solve the initial value problem with initial condition u ( x, 0) = x 2 . Solution. The characteristic ODEs are dx ds = 3 y 2 , dy ds = 1 , dz ds = 0 , so the projected characteristic curves satisfy dx dy = 3 y 2 , so x = y 3 + C , i.e. x y 3 constant are exactly the projected characteristic curves. Moreover, as dz ds = 0, u is constant along these curves, so the general solution is u ( x, y ) = f ( x y 3 ), f an arbitrary C 1 function. To satisfy the initial condition, let x 2 = u ( x, 0) = f ( x ), so u ( x, y ) = ( x y 3 ) 2 . An alternative method is to solve the characteristic ODEs directly. Notice that this being a linear (or more generally semilinear) PDE, the equations for the pro- jected characteristic curves decouple, and then one sees that the projected char- acteristic curves through the x axis give all projected characteristic curves. So we could impose the initial condition at the x axis to obtain the general solution: u ( x, 0) = f ( x ), f to be specified. The initial condition for the characteristic ODEs is then ( x ( r, 0) , y ( r, 0) , z ( r, 0)) = ( r, , f ( r )). The solution for the characteristic ODEs is y ( r, s ) = s + c 2 ( r ) , z ( r, s ) = c 3 ( r ) , hence dx ds = 3( s + c 2 ( r )) 2 , and x ( r, s ) = ( s + c 2 ( r )) 3 + c 1 ( r ) . The initial condition gives c 2 ( r ) = 0, c 3 ( r ) = f ( r ), c 1 ( r ) = r , so x ( r, s ) = s 3 + r, y ( r, s ) = s, z ( r, s ) = f ( r ) . Correspondingly, s = y , r = x y 3 , and u ( x, y ) = f ( x y 3 ). If f ( x ) = x 2 , this gives u ( x, y ) = ( x y 3 ) 2 . Problem 2. (i) (10 points) Find the general C 2 solution of the PDE u xx + 3 u xt + 2 u tt = 0 . (ii) (10 points) Solve the initial value problem with initial condition u ( x, x ) = ( x ) , u t ( x, x ) = ( x ) , with , given. 1 2 MATH 220: PRACTICE MIDTERM, SOLUTIONS Solution. Factoring the partial differential operator as 2 x + 3 x t + 2 2 t = ( x + t )( x + 2 t ) , so to find the general solution, we need to solve ( x + t ) v = 0 , ( x + 2 t ) u = v. This can be done directly; the main point being that solutions of the homogeneous versions of these equations would be f ( x t ), resp. g (2 x t ). For the sake of variety, we change into corresponding characteristic coordinates. For x + t , the projected characteristic curves satisfy dx ds = 1 , dt ds = 1 dt dx = 1 , so they are t = x + C , i.e. x t = C . Similarly, for x + 2 t , dx ds = 1 , dt ds = 2 dt dx = 2 , so we get 2 x t = C . We change into characteristic coordinates = x t , = 2 x t , so x = , t = 2 , yields = x + 2 t ,...

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