# PDE Help! = Characteristic Curves / Method of Characterization

1. Oct 24, 2011

### rexasaurus

1. Show that, if the velocity field (V) is a fixed (spatially constant) vector, then the characteristic curves will be a family of parallel-straight lines.

2. ut+V1ux+V2uy=f
f=S-[dell dotted with V]u

characteristic curves:
dX/dt=V1(X,Y) & dY/dt=V2(X,Y)

3. really looking for help on how to get started on this. any suggestions would be appreciated.
1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

2. Relevant equations

3. The attempt at a solution

2. Oct 25, 2011

### Coto

Since V is fixed (i.e. $V_1(x,y) = C_1; V_2(x,y) = C_2$, you can solve the parametric equations for the characteristic curves explicitly, and obtain X(t), and Y(t). What types of curves are these?