# The Porous Medium Equation: Mathematical Theory

## Juan Luis Vazquez

### Abstract

The heat equation is one of the three classical linear partial differential equations of second order that form the basis of any elementary introduction to the area of PDEs, and only recently has it come to be fairly well understood. This book provides a presentation of the mathematical theory of the nonlinear heat equation usually called the Porous Medium Equation (PME). This equation appears in a number of physical applications, such as to describe processes involving fluid flow, heat transfer, or diffusion. Other applications have been proposed in mathematical biology, lubrication, boundary ... More

The heat equation is one of the three classical linear partial differential equations of second order that form the basis of any elementary introduction to the area of PDEs, and only recently has it come to be fairly well understood. This book provides a presentation of the mathematical theory of the nonlinear heat equation usually called the Porous Medium Equation (PME). This equation appears in a number of physical applications, such as to describe processes involving fluid flow, heat transfer, or diffusion. Other applications have been proposed in mathematical biology, lubrication, boundary layer theory, and other fields. Each chapter contains a detailed introduction and is supplied with a section of notes, providing comments, historical notes or recommended reading, and exercises.

*Keywords: *
heat equation,
linear partial differential equations,
nonlinear,
fluid flow,
heat transfer,
diffusion,
mathematical biology,
lubrication,
boundary layer theory

### Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 |
Print ISBN-13: 9780198569039 |

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007 |
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198569039.001.0001 |