# Kortweg-de Vries PDE

## Homework Statement

The equation is ut + uux + uxxx = 0

I need to show that this is a parabolic pde.

## Homework Equations

Hint : convert to an equivalent system of 1st order equations by introducing an auxiliary variable p = ux, etc.

## The Attempt at a Solution

So i took p = ux

doesn't that just give me:

ut + pu + pxx = 0

This i think is a parabolic pde by inspection.

But the hint says i need to get a system of 1st order equations. What am i missing? I am pretty sure I've made a giant error. Help please!

hunt_mat
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So introduce another variable $$v=\partial_{x}p$$ and you have a system.

How would that help? I don't get it.

hunt_mat
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$$\begin{array}{ccc} v & = & \partial_{p} \\ p & = & \partial_{x}u \\ \partial_{t}u+pu+\partial_{x}v & = & 0 \end{array}$$
$$\mathbf{A}\partial_{t}\mathbf{U}+\mathbf{B}\partial_{x}\mathbf{U}=\mathbf{c}$$