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I've hit an electromagnetic wall -- how to perform a seperation of variables on laplace equation

  1. Oct 21, 2014 #1
    So I'm currently taking electricity and magnetism and I'm expected to know how to perform a seperation of variables on laplace equation in 2 dimensions.I have taken Zero differntial equations courses and I literally have no freaking idea what's going on. The book I use doesn't spend any time explaining the basics of seperation of variables. Is there a fast track way of understanding this special case or am I going to have to cram half a semester of diff eq for this to make any sense?
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  3. Oct 21, 2014 #2


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    Do the prerequisites for the course include differential equations, or some other course like math methods that would include some differential equations? If not, then I think you should raise this issue with the instructor (politely, of course).
  4. Oct 21, 2014 #3
    It does require a modeling class. I don't remember doing this in class but it was all so hand wavy I didn't pay too close attention. I'll check my book. Thanks for the insight
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