I have entered the example: www.wolfram.com/mathematica/new-in-10/pdes-and-finite-elements/solve-a-wave-equation-in-2d.html

into 12.0, and gotten an error message in the uifWave assignment. It says, "incomplete expression; more input is needed". I have hand entered the statement from the web since I don't know how to get a copy from the screen--but I believe that I have done it accurately.

Has anyone made this example work? If so, I must have made some error--and would appreciate learning how to copy the text from the screen properly. Otherwise, could someone clarify how to make the example work?


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Click on each input of code and a window will open that contains copy and paste-able code. After copy and paste of each code block into a workbook, select all workbook cells and convert them to Raw InputForm (Cell | Convert To | Raw InputForm) which can then be copy and pasted to this site. The code is then


(* "12.0.0 for Mac OS X x86 (64-bit) (April 7, 2019)" *)

Ω = RegionDifference[RegionUnion[
     Disk[], Rectangle[{0, 0}, 
      {2, 2}]], Disk[{1/4, 1/4}, 

uifWave = Quiet[NDSolveValue[
     {D[u[t, x, y], t, t] - 
         u[t, x, y], {x, y}] == 0, 
      u[0, x, y] == 
       E^(-5*((x - 3/2)^2 + 
          (y - 3/2)^2)), 
      Derivative[1, 0, 0][u][0, x, 
        y] == 0, DirichletCondition[
       u[t, x, y] == 0, True]}, u, 
     {t, 0, 2*Pi}, Element[{x, y}, 

framesWEQ = Table[Plot3D[
     uifWave[t, x, y], 
     Element[{x, y}, uifWave[
     PlotRange -> {-1, 1}, 
     Boxed -> False, Axes -> False, 
     Mesh -> None], {t, 0, 2*Pi, 

  {{i, 16, "time"}, 1, 
   Length[framesWEQ], 1}, 
  SaveDefinitions -> True]

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  • $\begingroup$ OK. It looks like the example was displayed in TraditionalForm, and when I manually copied it, that format omitted the Inactive directive in its presentation. I will try the method mentioned to copy and transform the web presentation to Mathematica input form. $\endgroup$ Commented Jul 17, 2019 at 17:04

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