The construction of special solutions to partial differential equations

Peter J. Olver*, Philip Rosenau

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Almost all the methods devised to date for constructing particular solutions to a partial differential equation can be viewed as manifestations of a single unifying method characterized by the appending of suitable "side conditions" to the equation, and solving the resulting overdetermined system of partial differential equations. These side conditions can also be regarded as specifying the invariance of the particular solutions under some generalized group of transformations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)107-112
Number of pages6
JournalPhysics Letters, Section A: General, Atomic and Solid State Physics
Issue number3
StatePublished - 10 Feb 1986
Externally publishedYes


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