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Symbolic software for symmetry reduction and computation of invariant solutions of differential equations

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2011-05

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Masters

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Problems involving partial or ordinary differential equations arise in various fields of science. Therefore, the task of obtaining exact solutions of differential equations is of primary importance, and attracts high attention. The main purpose of the current thesis is the development of a Maple-based, symbolic software package for symmetry reduction of differential equations and computation of symmetry-invariant solutions. The package developed in the current thesis is compatible with and can be viewed as an extension of the package GeM for symbolic symmetry analysis, developed by Prof. Alexei Cheviakov. The reduction procedure is based on the Lie's classical symmetry reduction method involving canonical coordinates. The developed package is applicable for obtaining solutions arising from extension of Lie's method, in particular, nonlocal and approximate symmetries. The developed software is applied to a number of PDE problems to obtain exact invariant solutions. The considered equations include the one-dimensional nonlinear heat equation, the potential Burgers' equation, as well as equations arising in nonlinear elastostatics and elastodynamics.

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Invariant solutions, Symmetry reduction

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Master of Science (M.Sc.)

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Mathematics and Statistics

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Mathematics and Statistics

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