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partial differential equation

noun

, Mathematics.
  1. a differential equation containing partial derivatives.


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Word History and Origins

Origin of partial differential equation1

First recorded in 1885–90

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Example Sentences

The problem is that partial differential equations — as essential and ubiquitous as they are in science and engineering — are notoriously difficult to solve, if they can be solved at all.

An ordinary differential equation involves only one independent variable, a partial differential equation involves more than one.

We have thus two methods of solving the partial differential equation of the motion of a string.

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