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Manuscript Title: A computational approach for the analytical solving of partial differential equations.
Authors: E.S. Cheb-Terrab, K. von Bulow
Program title: PDEtools
Catalogue identifier: ADBY_v1_0
Distribution format: gz
Journal reference: Comput. Phys. Commun. 90(1995)102
Programming language: Maple.
Computer: AT 386, AT 486.
Operating system: UNIX, MACINTOSH, DOS, VMS, CMS.
RAM: 8M words
Keywords: Computer algebra, General purpose, Partial, Differential equations, Analytical solutions, Symbolic computing.
Classification: 4.3, 5.

Nature of problem:
Analytical solving of partial differential equations (PDEs).

Solution method:
Standard methods such as the characteristic strip for first-order PDEs, reduction to canonical form of second-order PDEs with defined type, separation of variables, etc.

Restrictions:
Besides the inherent restrictions of the methods here implemented, this first version of the PDEtools package cannot tackle systems of PDEs.

Unusual features:
There are no restrictions as to the kind of PDE that the program can try to solve. Furthermore, the user can optionally participate in the solving process by giving the solver an extra argument (the HINT option) as to the functional form of the indeterminate function. Also, the package permits the user to perform changes of variables in PDEs and to test the results obtained by the PDE-solver.

Running time:
It depends strongly on the PDE to be solved, usually taking from a few seconds to a few minutes.