Published online by Cambridge University Press: 12 July 2007
We obtain the existence and decay rates of the classical solution to the initial-value problem of a non-uniformly parabolic equation. Our method is to set up two equivalent sequences of the successive approximations. One converges to a weak solution of the initial-value problem; the other shows that the weak solution is the classical solution for t > 0. Moreover, we show how bounds of the derivatives to the classical solution depend explicitly on the interval with compact support in (0, ∞). Then we study decay rates of this classical solution.