1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data This is the first problem of the two. 2. Relevant equations 3. The attempt at a solution Using separation of variables, I end up with T'(t)= -λKT(t) and X''(x)+(β/K)X'(x)/X(x)= -λ. At first I chose the negative lambda because I saw that U(0,t) and U(L,t) needed to oscillate and I was hoping to get a sin function. Now the characteristic equation for X is something like r^2 + (β/K)r +λ=0 and I am not sure if I am on the right track in solving for the function X(x).