solve Uxx-3Uxt-4Utt=0 (hyperbolic) help!! solve Uxx-3Uxt-4Utt=0 with u(x,0)=x^2 and Ut(x,0)=e^x I know that this is hyperbolic since D=(-1.5)^2+4 >0 so I have to transform the variables x and t linearly to obtain the wave equation of the form (Utt-c^2Uxx=0). The above equation is equivalent to: (d/dx - 1.5 d/dt)*(d/dx - 1.5 d/dt)u - 6.25 d^2u/dt^2 = 0 let x=b let t=-1.5b + 2.5a Thus, Ub=Ux - (1.5) Ut Ua=2.5 Ut thus Ubb-Uaa=0. This is where I am stuck.. I know the general solution is u(a,b)=f(a+b)+g(a-b) also the explicit solution is u(a,b)=(1/2)*[φ(a+b)+φ(a-b)]*(1/2c)*(integral ψ(s)ds from a-b to a+b). where u(a,0)=φ(a) and Ub(a,0)=ψ(a). The solution is (4/5)*[e^(x+t/4)-e^(x-t)]+x^2+(1/4)*t^2 but how to obtain it?