Weak Derivatives

  • Dorina MitreaEmail author
Part of the Universitext book series (UTX)


Starting from the discussion of the Cauchy problem for a vibrating infinite string as a motivational example, the notion of a weak derivative is introduced as a mean of extending the notion of solution to a more general setting, where the functions involved may lack standard pointwise differentiability properties. Here two classes of test functions are also defined and discussed.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of MathematicsUniversity of MissouriColumbiaUSA

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