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Elliptic PDEs

  1. Dec 2, 2015 #1
    When looking at Elliptic PDEs that describe a physical system, do these typically not involve a time term?
    I have yet to see an elliptic PDE involving a time term, which seem to be associated with parabolic/hyperbolic PDEs rather than elliptic.

    Can anyone confirm?
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  3. Dec 2, 2015 #2


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    Typically elliptic PDE's are static equations that do not involve a time term. Examples are Laplace's equation or Poisson's equation.
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