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By Sandro Salsa, Federico M. G. Vegni, Anna Zaretti, Paolo Zunino

This publication is designed as a complicated undergraduate or a first-year graduate direction for college kids from a number of disciplines like utilized arithmetic, physics, engineering. It has advanced whereas instructing classes on partial differential equations over the past decade on the Politecnico of Milan. the most objective of those classes used to be twofold: at the one hand, to coach the scholars to understand the interaction among thought and modelling in difficulties coming up within the technologies and however to provide them a great history for numerical tools, resembling finite transformations and finite parts.

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Between uL and uR , q (U ) − v¯U + A¯ > 0 and, as the arrows indicate, U is increasing. 59) and this corresponds precisely to a shock formation for the non diffusive conservation law. 63) which is the entropy inequality. z = q (U ) − vU + A b) a) uR uL U uL Fig. 20. 63) holds. Let us see what happens when ε → 0. Assume q < 0. For ε small, we expect that our travelling wave increases abruptly from a value U (ξ 1 ) close to uL to a value U (ξ 2 ) close to uR within a narrow region called the transition layer.

31) represents a travelling wave propagating with speed q (g (x0 )) along the positive x−direction. We emphasize that q (g (x0 )) is the local wave speed and it must not be confused with the traffic velocity. In fact, in general, dq d (ρv) dv = =v+ρ ≤v dρ dρ dρ since ρ ≥ 0 and dv dρ ≤ 0. 30 2 Scalar Conservation Laws Fig. 8. Intersection of characteristics The different nature of the two speeds becomes more evident if we observe that the wave speed may be negative as well. This means that, while the traffic advances along the positive x−direction, the disturbance given by the travelling wave may propagate in the opposite direction.

10) is given by c (x, t) = g (x − vt) . 11) represents a travelling wave, moving with speed v in the positive x−direction. In Fig. e. with speed v = 1. 1 Distributed source Suppose now we take into account the effect of an external distributed source of pollutant along the channel, of intensity f = f (x, t), measured in concentration per unit time. 13) since q = v c, with the initial condition c (x, 0) = g (x) . 14) Again, to compute the value of the solution u at a point (¯ x, t¯) is not difficult.

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