Classical Solutions; the Schauder Approach
This chapter develops a theory of second order linear elliptic equations that is essentially an extension of potential theory. It is based on the fundamental observation that equations with Hölder continuous coefficients can be treated locally as a perturbation of constant coefficient equations. From this fact Schauder [SC 4, 5] was able to construct a global theory, an extension of which is presented here. Basic to this approach are apriori estimates of solutions, extending those of potential theory to equations with Hölder continuous coefficients.
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