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Illustrating Solutions to 2-D Partial Differential Equations

Matthew M. Thomas
Organization: Boeing Phantom Works
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Mathematica in Education
Year: 1991
Volume: 1
Issue: 1
Page range: 11-13

Engineering students are usually introduced to partial differential equations (PDEs) during their sophomore years of college. The first PDEs they often encounter are the one- and two-dimensional wave and heat equations [Sokolnikoff and Redheffer, 1996]. Mathematica can illustrate the solutions to these PDEs, for a number of initial and boundary conditions. Such illustrations bring life to the tedious mathematical expressions that comprise these solutions. The illustrations assist the student in visualizing solutions to these PDEs, thereby enhancing his understanding of them.

*Applied Mathematics > Visualization
*Mathematics > Calculus and Analysis > Differential Equations
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