Date of Award

1996

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Department

Mathematics

First Advisor

Jerome A. Goldstein

Abstract

In the dissertation, the generalized Kompaneets equation$${\partial u\over\partial t}={1\over\beta(x)}\lbrack\alpha(x)(u\sb{x}+ku+F(x,u))\rbrack\sb{x}$$(for $x,t>0)$ is studied. For the linear case, when $F\equiv0,$ a complete theory is given. A brief discussion is carried for the nonlinear case when $F(x,u)=f(x)g(u).$. For the following equation,$$v\sb{t}=\varphi(y,v\sb{y})v\sb{yy}+\psi(y,v,v\sb{y}),$$Goldstein and Lin's result is extended to degenerate case. Also, for the following linear operator,$$Au=\alpha(x)u\prime\prime+\beta(x)u\prime$$(for $x\in \lbrack 0,$ 1)), Clement and Timmermans' result is extended to the case of discontinuous coefficients $\alpha$ and $\beta$.

ISBN

9780591035490

Pages

57

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