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### Introduction

The author would like to acknowledge his obligation to all his (;Olleagues and friends at the Institute of Mathematical Sciences of New York University for their stimulation and criticism which have contributed to the writing of this tract. The author also wishes to thank Aughtum S. Howard for permission to include results from her unpublished dissertation, Larkin Joyner for drawing the figures, Interscience Publishers for their cooperation and support, and particularly Lipman Bers, who suggested the publication in its present form. New Rochelle FRITZ JOHN September, 1955 [v] CONTENTS Introduction. . . . . . . 1 CHAPTER I Decomposition of an Arbitrary Function into Plane Waves Explanation of notation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 The spherical mean of a function of a single coordinate. 7 9 Representation of a function by its plane integrals . CHAPTER II Tbe Initial Value Problem for Hyperbolic Homogeneous Equations with Constant Coefficients Hyperbolic equations. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Geometry of the normal surface for a strictly hyperbolic equation. 16 Solution of the Cauchy problem for a strictly hyperbolic equation . 20 Expression of the kernel by an integral over the normal surface. 23 The domain of dependence . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 The wave equation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 The initial value problem for hyperbolic equations with a normal surface having multiple points . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36 CHAPTER III The Fundamental Solution of a Linear Elliptic Differential Equation witL Analytic Coefficients Definition of a fundamental solution . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43 The Cauchy problem . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45 Solution of the inhomogeneous equation with a plane wave function as right hand side . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49 The fundamental solution. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

### Keywords

Partielle Differentialgleichung Plane Waves differential equation geometry integral partial differential equation solution wave equation

#### Authors and affiliations

- 1.Courant Institute of Mathematical SciencesNew York UniversityNew YorkUSA

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