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    ut = k1 uxx + k2 uyy

    on a rectangle (0<x<L, 0<y<H) Subject to

    u(0 , y, t) = 0 uy = (x, 0, t) = 0
    u(x, y, 0) = f(x,y)
    u(L, y, t) = 0 uy = (x, H, t) = 0

    Left and Right sides are kept at zero temp top and bottom are insulated

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    The equation is:
    With boundary conditions:
    While the initial condition is:
    We use separation of variables:
    The boundary conditions become:


    Substituting (1.5) into (1.1) we get:

    The left hand side is a function of t while the right hand sides is s function of x and y.
    Since it must be true for any both sides must be equal a constant:

    The left hand side of (1.10) is a function of x while the right hand side is a function of y, therefore both sides must be equal a constant:

    And by the same token we can write:

    so again the equation is separated and both sides equal a different constant:
    And from (1.9) we see that :

    So we start with equation (1.11):
    with the boundary conditions

    Solution Summary

    The 12-pages solution contains detailed explanation how to solve the homogeneous heat equation on a 2D rectangle with mixed boundary conditions.