The title problem is solved using an integral method and ignoring viscous dissipation. A partial differential equation is derived which yields as special cases Lighthill’s non-uniform heat-transfer formula and the nonsteady heat conduction in a slab. The differential equation is then specialized to the nonsteady but uniform heat transfer on a flat plate. Comparisons with other solutions are made when available, and it is shown that the integral method produces accuracy of a few per cent in these limiting cases.

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