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When classifying a 2nd order PDE as either Hyperbolic, Parabolic or Elliptic we look at whether the discriminant is either positive, zero or negative respectively. Right. What do we do if the discriminant depends on independent variables (or the dependent variable for that matter) such that its sign can vary? Eg D = x. Do we classify it for the different values of x?

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# Discriminant of a PDE

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