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Need help proving that a function is a solution to the homogeneous wave equation

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I have a homework problem that says that any function of the below form is a solution to the homogeneous wave equation.

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Any function of this form is a solution to the following equation:

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I would be able to solve it if the function was defined, but I'm not quite sure how to handling the partial differential equations using this general solution.
 

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Let [tex]y = t -R\sqrt{\mu\epsilon}[/tex] and use the chain rule on [tex]U(R,t) = f(y)[/tex].
 
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Didn't you take a math course showing you the reverse ? Well, checking if a certain function obeys a differential equation is a piese of case comparing to solving the equation to obtain that function as solution/among all solutions.
 

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