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  • Mathematical Proceedings of the Cambridge Philosophical Society, Volume 85, Issue 1
  • January 1979, pp. 143-160

Euler operators and conservation laws of the BBM equation

  • Peter J. Olver (a1)
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The BBM or Regularized Long Wave Equation is shown to possess only three non-trivial independent conservation laws. In order to prove this result, a new theory of Euler-type operators in the formal calculus of variations will be developed in detail.

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