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**Introduction to PDE Problems**

`pdepe`

solves systems of parabolic and elliptic PDEs in one spatial variable and time , of the form

(5-3) |

The PDEs hold for and . The interval must be finite. can be 0, 1, or 2, corresponding to slab, cylindrical, or spherical symmetry, respectively. If , then must also hold.

In Equation 5-3, is a flux term and is a source term. The flux term must depend on . The coupling of the partial derivatives with respect to time is restricted to multiplication by a diagonal matrix . The diagonal elements of this matrix are either identically zero or positive. An element that is identically zero corresponds to an elliptic equation and otherwise to a parabolic equation. There must be at least one parabolic equation. An element of that corresponds to a parabolic equation can vanish at isolated values of if they are mesh points. Discontinuities in and/or due to material interfaces are permitted provided that a mesh point is placed at each interface.

At the initial time , for all the solution components satisfy initial conditions of the form

(5-4) |

At the boundary or , for all the solution components satisfy a boundary condition of the form

(5-5) |

is a diagonal matrix with elements that are either identically zero or never zero. Note that the boundary conditions are expressed in terms of the flux rather than . Also, of the two coefficients, only can depend on .

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