Splitting PDE into system of PDEs

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Hello:

I am wondering if there is a general way of splitting the following PDE into two separate equations. I would like to re-write the second-order spatial derivatives on the LHS as first-order derivatives.

[tex]
\[
\frac{{\partial p^2 }}{{\partial x^2 }} + \frac{{\partial p^2 }}{{\partial y^2 }} = A\frac{{\partial ^2 p}}{{\partial t^2 }} + B\frac{{\partial p}}{{\partial t}}
\]
[/tex]

So once the above equation is split, there should be two equations involving only first-order spatial derivatives ([tex]\partial p/\partial x[/tex] and [tex]\partial p/\partial y[/tex]).
 

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I think that this equation can be split using the following rules:

(1) The LHS of the wave equation is split by introducing another variable and removing a del operator.

[tex]
\[
\frac{{\partial \psi }}{{\partial t}} = \nabla p
\]
[/tex]


(2) The RHS of the wave equation is split by removing a derivative:

[tex]
\[
\nabla \psi = A\frac{{\partial p}}{{\partial t}} + Bp
\]
[/tex]
 

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