NPDE Lecture 1 Discussion

I. Nonlinear Diffusion Equation (Introduction)
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I am going to start a series of lectures on nonlinear partial differential equations. Advancements made in the theory of nonlinear PDEs is one of the main achievements in XX century mathematics. Let me first make a remark on linear PDEs. In some sense one can say that there is a complete theory of linear PDEs, and perhaps the best source would be the four volumes of “The Analysis of Linear Partial Differential Operators” by Lars Hörmander [3].

The importance of the nonlinear PDEs is associated with the fact that they reflect more precise nonlinear laws of the nature, while linear PDEs were derived from the linearized versions of the nonlinear laws. Despite the great advances in the theory of nonlinear PDEs it is far from being complete. It is remarkable that almost every major nonlinear PDE has its own personality and requires unique approach. However, looking to current state of art in the theory of nonlinear PDEs, one can observe a similarity with the classical linear theory in the following sense: there are some major individual nonlinear PDEs, and analysis and understanding of those PDEs is a key towards the general theory of a broad class of nonlinear PDEs. I am going to concentrate on one of those key nonlinear PDEs called the nonlinear diffusion equation, which is a generalization of the classical heat/diffusion equation.
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Nonlinear Partial Differential Equations

Partial differential equations (PDEs) are central to mathematics, whether pure or applied. They arise in mathematical models of real world problems, where dependent variables vary continuously as functions of several independent variables, usually space and time. PDEs arising in a majority of real world applications are nonlinear. Despite its complexity, in the theory of nonlinear PDEs one can
observe key equations or systems which are essential for the development of the theory for a particular class of equations. One of those key equations is the nonlinear reaction-diffusion-convection equation:

\[u_t=(u^m)_{xx}+bu^{\beta}+c(u^{\gamma})_x,\]

where \[u=u(x,t),x\in \mathbb{R}, t>0, b,c \in \mathbb{R}, m>0, \beta>0, \gamma>0\]
It arises, for instance, in the theory of gas flow through a porous medium, heat radiation in plasmas, spatial spread of biological populations, diffusion of particles in plasma etc.

In summer session of 2014 students will pursue research on the open problem of evolution of interfaces
of solutions to the reaction-diffusion-convection equations.

Full solution of this problem for the reaction-diffusion equation is given in the following two papers by using significantly the theory of reaction-diffusion equations in general non-smooth domains developed in my JDE paper.

Introductory lectures on this topic will be posted soon.

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