#### Abstract

The improved generalized tanh-coth method is used in nonlinear sixth-order solitary wave equation. This method is a powerful and advantageous mathematical tool for establishing abundant new traveling wave solutions of nonlinear partial differential equations. The new exact solutions consisted of trigonometric functions solutions, hyperbolic functions solutions, exponential functions solutions, and rational functions solutions. The numerical results were obtained with the aid of Maple.

#### 1. Introduction

Nonlinear evolution equations (NLEEs) play an important role in various branches of scientific disciplines, such as fluid mechanics, optical fibers, plasma physics, chemical physics, biology, solid state physics, oceans engineering, and many other scientific applications. The solitary wave was introduced by Russell more than a century ago [1]. In the past years, many powerful methods for finding exact solutions of NLEEs have been proposed, such as the generalized -expansion method [2], the tanh-coth method [3], the modified sine-cosine method [4], the generalized unified method [5], the improved -expansion method [6], the generalized Kudryashov method [7], the generalized Riccati equation mapping method [8], the modified Kudryashov method [9], the method [10], the lie symmetry analysis method [11], the first integral method [12], and the consistent Riccati expansion [13].

Another powerful method has been presented by Malfliet [14], who had customized the tanh technique and called the tanh method. In 2002, Fan and Hona [15] extended the tanh method which is called the extended tanh method, by using as traveling wave solutions. In 2007, Wazwaz [3] extended and improved this method which is called the tanh-coth method. In this method is used as traveling wave solutions. In 2008 Gómez and Salas [16] improved and generalized this method which is called the improved generalized tanh-coth method, by using , where is the solution of the generalized Riccati equation. Afterwards, several researchers applied this method to obtain new exact solutions for nonlinear PDEs [17–20].

In 2017, Christou [21] studies solitons occurring in electrical nonlinear transmission lines; there are called electrical solitons. The problem is applied to Ohm’s law of solid state physics by using Taylor-series expansions.

In this paper, we focus on using the improved generalized tanh-coth method for finding exact solutions of the sixth-order solitary wave equation: which was proposed by Christou [21] and In Section 2, we briefly describe the improved generalized tanh-coth method; in Section 3, the improved generalized tanh-coth method is applied to the sixth-order solitary wave equations. The last section is short summary and discussion.

#### 2. The Improved Generalized tanh-coth Method

Consider the nonlinear partial differential equation in the variables and The traveling wave transformation is given by where is the wave speed. We can reduce (3) to the ordinary differential equation

According to the improved generalized - method, we seek the exact solution of (3) that can be expressed in the following form: where is a positive integer that will be determined by balancing the highest order derivative term with the highest order nonlinear term. The coefficients are constants ( and ) that are determined later while the new variable is the solution to the generalized Riccati equation where , , and are constants. The solutions of generalized Riccati equation are given by [18].

*Case 1 (exponential function solutions). *When

*Case 2 (trigonometric and hyperbolic function solution). *When ,

*Case 3 (exponential function solutions). *When ,

*Case 4 (rational function solution). *When ,

*Case 5 (rational function solution). *When and ,

*Case 6 (trigonometric function solution). *When and ,

*Case 7 (hyperbolic function solution). *When and , We substitute (6) into (5) and collect all terms with the same order of ; we get a polynomial in . Equating each coefficient of the polynomial to zero, we will give a system of algebraic equations involving the parameters , , , and . Solving the system, we can construct a variety of exact solutions of (5).

#### 3. The Improved Generalized tanh-coth Method Applied to Sixth-Order Solitary Wave Equation

We use the wave transformations , , to reduce (1) to the following ODE: Balancing the highest order term with the highest order nonlinear term in (13), we havethen . Consequently, we set Using (6) and (14) in (13) and equating all the coefficients of power of to be zero, we obtain a system of algebraic equations in the unknowns , , , , , , , , and . Solving the system of algebraic equations with the aid of Maple, using (18), we obtain the following results.

*First Set*

*Case 1. *When , , and , , the periodic solutions of (1) are where

*Case 2. *When , , and , , the periodic solutions of (1) are where

*Case 3. *When , , the combined formal single kink solutions of (1) are where

*Case 4. *When and , , the rational solutions of (1) are where

*Case 5. *When and , , the periodic solutions of (1) are where

*Case 6. *When and , , the periodic solutions of (1) arewhere

*Second Set*

*Case 1. *When , , the combined formal single kink solutions of (1) are where

*Case 2. *When , , and , , the periodic solutions of (1) are where

*Case 3. *When , , and , , the periodic solutions of (1) are where

*Case 4. *When , , the rational solutions of (1) are