# Wave Equation

coki2000
Hi,
Why the wave equation is
$$\frac{\partial^2 u}{\partial^2 x}=c^2\nabla^2 u$$?
Where does it come from?Thanks.

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Hi,
Why the wave equation is
$$\frac{\partial^2 u}{\partial^2 x}=c^2\nabla^2 u$$?
Where does it come from?Thanks.

For me to consider your relationship the wave equation I would have to change it to:

$$\frac{\partial^2 u}{\partial^2 t}=c^2\nabla^2 u$$

The wave equation is probabley derived in every intro to PDE text book.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/0486688895/?tag=pfamazon01-20

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