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Exact solutions of two nonlinear partial differential equations by using the first integral method
Boundary Value Problems volume 2013, Article number: 117 (2013)
In recent years, many approaches have been utilized for finding the exact solutions of nonlinear partial differential equations. One such method is known as the first integral method and was proposed by Feng. In this paper, we utilize this method and obtain exact solutions of two nonlinear partial differential equations, namely double sine-Gordon and Burgers equations. It is found that the method by Feng is a very efficient method which can be used to obtain exact solutions of a large number of nonlinear partial differential equations.
With the availability of symbolic computation packages like Maple or Mathematica, the search for obtaining exact solutions of nonlinear partial differential equations (PDEs) has become more and more stimulating for mathematicians and scientists. Having exact solutions of nonlinear PDEs makes it possible to study nonlinear physical phenomena thoroughly and facilitates testing the numerical solvers as well as aiding the stability analysis of solutions. In recent years, many approaches to solve nonlinear PDEs such as the extended tanh function method [1–6], the modified extended tanh function method [7, 8], the exp-function method [9–11], the Weierstrass elliptic function method , the Laplace decomposition method [13, 14] and so on have been employed.
Among these, the first integral method, which is based on the ring theory of commutative algebra, due to Feng [15–19] has been applied by many authors to solve different types of nonlinear equations in science and engineering [20–23]. Therefore, in the present article, the first integral method is applied to analytic treatment of some important nonlinear of partial differential equations.
The rest of this article is arranged as follows. In Section 2, the basic ideas of the first integral method are expressed. In Section 3, the method is employed for obtaining the exact solutions of double sine-Gordon (SG) and Burgers equations, and finally conclusions are presented in Section 4.
2 The first integral method
be a nonlinear partial differential equation (PDE) with as its solution. We introduce the transformation
where c is constant. Then we have
Thus PDE (1) is then transformed to the ordinary differential equation (ODE)
We now introduce a new transformation, namely
and this gives us the system of ODEs
If we can find the integrals of (6) under the same conditions, the qualitative theory of differential equations  tells us that the general solutions of (6) can be obtained directly. But in general, it is very difficult even for a single first integral. Since for a plane autonomous system, there is no methodical theory which gives us first integrals, we will therefore apply the division theorem to find one first integral (6), which will reduce (4) to a first-order integral for an ordinary differential equation. By solving this equation, exact solutions of (1) will be obtained. We recall the division theorem.
Theorem 2.1 (Division theorem, see )
Let and be polynomials of two variables x and y in , and let be irreducible in . If vanishes at all zero points of , then there exists a polynomial in such that .
The division theorem follows immediately from the Hilbert-Nullstellensatz theorem .
Theorem 2.2 (Hilbert-Nullstellensatz theorem)
Let K be a field and L be an algebraic closure of K. Then:
Every ideal γ of not containing 1 admits at least one zero in .
Let , be two elements of ; for the set of polynomials of zero at x to be identical with the set of polynomials of zero at y, it is necessary and sufficient that there exists a K-automorphism S of L such that for .
For an ideal α of to be maximal, it is necessary and sufficient that there exists an x in such that α is the set of polynomials of zero at x.
For a polynomial Q of to be zero on the set of zeros in of an ideal γ of , it is necessary and sufficient that there exists an integer such that .
3.1 Exact solutions to the double sine-Gordon equation
In order to apply the first integral method described in Section 2, we first introduce the transformations
Using (2) and (3), Eq. (7) becomes
We next use the transformation
Next, we introduce new independent variables , which change (11) to the system of ODEs
Assume that , then (12) becomes
According to the first integral method, we suppose that and are nontrivial solutions of Eq. (13) and
is an irreducible polynomial in the complex domain such that
Suppose that in (14), and then, by comparing with the coefficients of () on both sides of (15), we have
Substituting , and in (18) and setting all the coefficients of powers X to be zero, we obtain a system of nonlinear algebraic equations, and by solving it, we obtain
Substituting (20) in (14), we obtain
where is an arbitrary constant and .
Therefore, the exact solutions to the double sine-Gordon (SG) equation can be written as
where is an arbitrary constant.
3.2 Exact solutions to the Burgers equation
The Burgers equation 
is one of the most famous nonlinear diffusion equations. The positive parameter a refers to a dissipative effect.
Using (2) and (3), Eq. (27) becomes
We rewrite (28) as follows:
By introducing new variables and , Eq. (29) changes into a system of ODEs
Now, the division theorem is employed to seek the first integral to (30). Suppose that and are nontrivial solutions to (30), and is an irreducible polynomial in such that
Suppose that in (31). By comparing the coefficients of () on both sides of (32), we have
Since is a polynomial in X, from (33) we conclude that is a constant and . For simplicity, we take , and balancing the degrees of and , we conclude that or 1. If , suppose that , then from (34), we find
where B is an arbitrary integration constant.
Substituting and in (35) and setting all the coefficients of powers X to be zero, we obtain a system of nonlinear algebraic equations, and by solving it, we obtain
Using (36) in (31), we obtain
where is an arbitrary constant.
Therefore, the exact solutions to the Burgers equation can be written as
where is an arbitrary constant and .
Now suppose that . By an application of the division theorem, we can conclude that there exists a polynomial in such that
Comparing the coefficients of () of both sides of (40) yields
Since is a polynomial of X, from (41) we conclude that is a constant and . For simplicity, we take , and balancing the degrees of , and , we conclude that or 1. If , suppose that . Then from (42), we find
where B is an arbitrary constant of integration. From (43) we have
where D is an arbitrary constant of integration. Substituting and in (44) and setting all the coefficients of powers of X to zero, we obtain a system of nonlinear algebraic equations. Solving these equations, we obtain
Now using (45) in (31), we get
where is an arbitrary constant of integration. Therefore, the exact solutions to the Burgers equation can be written as
where is an arbitrary constant and .
The first integral method was employed successfully to solve some important nonlinear partial differential equations, including the double sine-Gordon and Burgers equations, analytically. Some exact solutions for these equations were formally obtained by applying the first integral method. Due to the good performance of the first integral method, we feel that it is a powerful technique in handling a wide variety of nonlinear partial differential equations. Also, this method is computerizable, which permits us to accomplish difficult and tiresome algebraic calculations on a computer with ease.
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