Definition of Legendre's differential equation in English:

Legendre's differential equation

(also Legendre differential equation)


  • A second order differential equation which frequently arises in physics, such as when modelling the flow of an ideal fluid past a spherical body, a solution to which being found by Legendre in 1782.


Early 20th century; earliest use found in Andrew Forsyth (1858–1942), mathematician.