辅导案例-MATH4PD-Assignment 1
MATH4PD — Assignment 1
due on 7 August at 5pm
For each initial value problem (IVP) considered below, use the method of characteristics to
• find the general solution of the IVP (in explicit of implicit form),
• draw the characteristic curves and the solution at relevant times,
• create movies of the time evolution of the solution u(t, x),
• discuss/analyse the main features of the solution, e.g. the effect of the parameters, the
long-term behaviour, ...
Along with your report (preferably written in LATEX), hand in all your Matlab codes and video
files. Also, please reference any published resource you may use to complete this assignment.
Consider the following IVPs.
(a) 
∂u
∂t
+ c(x)
∂u
∂x
= atu,
u(0, x) = e−(x+2)
2
,
where c(x) =
1
1 + x2
and a is a parameter.
(b) 
∂u
∂t
+ c(x)
∂u
∂x
= b1u
2,
u(0, x) = 1
2
cosx+ b2,
where c(x) = e−x
2/10, and b1 ≥ 0 and b2 ∈ [−1, 1] are parameters.
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(c) 
∂ρ
∂t
+

∂x
(uρ) = 0,
ρ(0, x) = f(x),
where u(ρ) = umax(1 − ρ/ρmax) and f(x) = 1 − |x| if |x| < 1 and 0 otherwise. This
PDE is a model for traffic flow, where ρ describes the traffic density (i.e. average number
of cars per unit length) and u is the traffic velocity, so that both ρ and u are non-negative
quantities. Here, you can set umax = 1 and ρmax = 2. Further assume there is a red light
at x = xr, where xr ≥ 1 is a parameter.
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