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PDE homework.

  1. Sep 17, 2013 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    Suppose that k(t) is a continuous function with positive values. Show that for any t (or at least for any t not too large), there is a unique τ so that τ =∫ (k(η)dη,0,t); conversely
    any such τ corresponds to a unique t. Provide a brief explanation on why there is such a 1-1 correspondence.

    2. Relevant equations

    3. The attempt at a solution
    Stuck on it but here are some of my thoughts and reasoning:

    I first view τ as function dependent upon t. since k(t) is positive and continuous, that will mean that the antiderivative of k(t) will only give us increasing values for increasing t. The new k(η) function is essentially same as k(t) except with η as the independent var. Hence since the k(t) is positive then k(η) is also positive. Then the integral of k(η) must be increasing for each increasing t. Hence for t2 and t1 the integral of k(η) from 0 to t2 is greater than the integral of k(η) from 0 to t1. This makes sure the for every different t substitute into the integral have a different output. And as we said τ is

    The problem is how do I show the unique τ for each t part.

    Thank you very much in advance for any help :)
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  3. Sep 17, 2013 #2


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    Is this supposed to be an if and only if or are you to prove that for any ##t## there is a unique ##τ##?

    If it's the latter, you should start by assuming there are two unique ##τ## and then show that they both must be the same.
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