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Find the adjoint differential operator L* and the space on which it acts if:

Lu = u"+au'+bu


Lu = -[p(x)u']'+q(x)u


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The expert examines self adjoint operators. The space of the acts are given functions are provided.

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Let T >= 0 be a strictly positive definite linear operator on a finite dimensional inner product space V over F = R or C.

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P = {T : T* = T and (Tx,x) >= 0 for all x E V}

In particular e^A is self-adjoint if A is self-adjoint.

(b) Prove that the exponential map Exp is a surjective map from H to P.

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