Traveling Wave Analysis of Partial Differential Equations,
Edition 1 Numerical and Analytical Methods with Matlab and Maple
By Graham Griffiths and William E. Schiesser

Publication Date: 06 Jan 2011

Although the Partial Differential Equations (PDE) models that are now studied are usually beyond traditional mathematical analysis, the numerical methods that are being developed and used require testing and validation. This is often done with PDEs that have known, exact, analytical solutions. The development of analytical solutions is also an active area of research, with many advances being reported recently, particularly traveling wave solutions for nonlinear evolutionary PDEs. Thus, the current development of analytical solutions directly supports the development of numerical methods by providing a spectrum of test problems that can be used to evaluate numerical methods.

This book surveys some of these new developments in analytical and numerical methods, and relates the two through a series of PDE examples. The PDEs that have been selected are largely "named'' since they carry the names of their original contributors. These names usually signify that the PDEs are widely recognized and used in many application areas. The authors’ intention is to provide a set of numerical and analytical methods based on the concept of a traveling wave, with a central feature of conversion of the PDEs to ODEs.

 The Matlab and Maple software will be available for download from this website shortly.

Key Features

  • Includes a spectrum of applications in science, engineering, applied mathematics
  • Presents a combination of numerical and analytical methods
  • Provides transportable computer codes in Matlab and Maple
About the author
By Graham Griffiths and William E. Schiesser, Emeritus McCann Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, and Professor of Mathematics, Lehigh University, USA
Table of Contents



1. Introduction to Traveling Wave Analysis

2. Linear Advection Equation

3. Linear Diffusion Equation

4. A Linear Convection Diffusion Reaction Equation

5. Diffusion Equation with Onlinear Source Terms

6. Burgers–Huxley Equation

7. Burgers–Fisher Equation

8. Fisher–Kolmogorov Equation

9. Fitzhugh–Nagumo Equation

10. Kolmogorov–Petrovskii–Piskunov Equation

11. Kuramoto–Sivashinsky Equation

12. Kawahara Equation

13. Regularized Long-Wave Equation

14. Extended Bernoulli Equation

15. Hyperbolic Liouville Equation

16. Sine-Gordon Equation

17. Mth-Order Klein–Gordon Equation

18. Boussinesq Equation

19. Modified Wave Equation

A. Analytical Solution Methods for Traveling Wave Problems


Book details
ISBN: 9780123846525
Page Count: 461
Retail Price : £58.99

Scientists, Engineers, Applied Mathematicians, and Economists who use PDE models