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Partial Differential Equations


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Emmanuele DiBenedetto
    Pages 1-28
  3. Emmanuele DiBenedetto
    Pages 51-115
  4. Emmanuele DiBenedetto
    Pages 116-160
  5. Emmanuele DiBenedetto
    Pages 161-224
  6. Emmanuele DiBenedetto
    Pages 225-291
  7. Emmanuele DiBenedetto
    Pages 292-342
  8. Emmanuele DiBenedetto
    Pages 343-410
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 411-416

About this book


This text is meant to be a self-contained, elementary introduction to Partial Differential Equations, assuming only advanced differential calculus and some basic LP theory. Although the basic equations treated in this book, given its scope, are linear, we have made an attempt to approach them from a nonlinear perspective. Chapter I is focused on the Cauchy-Kowaleski theorem. We discuss the notion of characteristic surfaces and use it to classify partial differential equations. The discussion grows out of equations of second order in two variables to equations of second order in N variables to p.d.e.'s of any order in N variables. In Chapters II and III we study the Laplace equation and connected elliptic theory. The existence of solutions for the Dirichlet problem is proven by the Perron method. This method clarifies the structure ofthe sub(super)harmonic functions and is closely related to the modern notion of viscosity solution. The elliptic theory is complemented by the Harnack and Liouville theorems, the simplest version of Schauder's estimates and basic LP -potential estimates. Then, in Chapter III, the Dirichlet and Neumann problems, as well as eigenvalue problems for the Laplacian, are cast in terms of integral equations. This requires some basic facts concerning double layer potentials and the notion of compact subsets of LP, which we present.


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Department of MathematicsNorthwestern UniversityEvanstonUSA
  2. 2.Dipartimento di IngegneriaIIa Università di Roma, Tor VergataRomeItaly

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Partial Differential Equations
  • Authors Emmanuele DiBenedetto
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Birkhäuser Boston 1995
  • Publisher Name Birkhäuser, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-8176-3708-8
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-4899-2842-9
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-4899-2840-5
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XIV, 416
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Partial Differential Equations
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"This book certainly can be recommended as an introduction to PDEs in mathematical faculties and technical universities."

--Applications of Mathematics

"The author's intent is to present an elementary introduction to pdes... In contrast to other elementary textbooks on pdes...much more material is presented on the three basic equations: Laplace's equation, the heat and wave equations. The presentation is clear and well organized... The text is complemented by numerous exercises and hints to proofs."

--Mathematical Reviews