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The Method of Characteristics

  • David F. GriffithsEmail author
  • John W. Dold
  • David J. Silvester
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Part of the Springer Undergraduate Mathematics Series book series (SUMS)

Abstract

This chapter describes a classical technique for constructing solutions of hyperbolic PDEs. The method is applied to linear systems of PDEs and to nonlinear PDE problems. This naturally leads to a discussion of more advanced topics including shocks, Riemann problems and weak solutions.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • David F. Griffiths
    • 1
    Email author
  • John W. Dold
    • 2
  • David J. Silvester
    • 2
  1. 1.University of DundeeFifeUK
  2. 2.School of MathematicsThe University of ManchesterManchesterUK

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