# How to separate variables in this PDE?

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Can anyone suggest a way to separate the variables in this PDE, so I can solve it analytically?
My PDE:
F,x,t + A(x)*F(x,t)*[(x+t)^(-3/2)] = 0

A(x) is a known function of x.
Trying to separate F(x,t) like
F(x,t) = F1(x)*F2(t)*F3(x+t).

I’m getting desperate to solve,
any suggestions??

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Make the change of variable $(\zeta, \eta) = (x, x + t)$. Then the Ansatz $F = H(\eta)Z(\zeta)$ yields $$H'(\eta)Z'(\zeta) + H''(\eta)Z(\zeta) + A(\zeta)H(\eta)Z(\zeta)\eta^{-3/2} = 0.$$ I'm not sure this is separable.

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Thanks pasmith,
I did try something like that, and basically got that same type of equation, but I’m not sure what to do with it next. Still searching…

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It wwould surely be easier to parse in ##LaTeX##

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$$F_{,x,t} + \frac{A(x)}{(x+t)^{3/2}} F(x,t) = 0$$

$A(x)$ is messy but known; $F(x,t)$ must be solved for analytically, through separability or any other way.

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What is ##F_{,x,t} ##?

• malawi_glenn
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Common notation, $F_{,x,t} \equiv \frac{\partial ^{2} F(x,t)}{\partial x \partial t}$

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