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D'alembert's solution to the wave equation, need help on Chain Rule

  1. Jan 22, 2013 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    Please have a look at the picture attach, which shows the proof of the D'alembert's solution to the wave equation. If you can't open the open,

    click onto this link:http://www-solar.mcs.st-and.ac.uk/~alan/MT2003/PDE/node12.html

    The part I have problem is the taking the second paritial derivative of u with respect to x.
    Ux=du/dz+du/dn, does this mean that Ux is a function of z and n, that is, Ux(z,n), and z(x,t) and n(x,t)?

    so later when I taken the second derivative, then I apply chain rule?

    Thank you

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  3. Jan 23, 2013 #2


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    hi kougou! :smile:

    (try using the Quick Symbols box next to the Reply box :wink:)
    i'm not really following your question :confused:

    ∂u/∂x can be considered either a function of x and y, or a function of ζ and η

    since you want a final result in terms of ζ and η, you'll have to convert the derivatives wrt x and y into derivatives wrt ζ and η (and yes, you use the chain rule)
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