evolution equation

An evolution equation is an equation of the form

$\partial_t f = L f$

where $\partial_t$ represents the partial derivative with respect to time, $L$ is a differential operator and $f$ is usually assumed to be an element of some topological vector space. Examples are the Schrödinger equation and the Fokker-Planck equation. These equations describe the time evolution of a physical system, hence the name.

Revised on April 20, 2010 22:12:33
by Urs Schreiber
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