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Conformal mapping for constant Gauss Curvature

The Sine-Gordon equation describes varying angles, conserving differential lengths in a mapping with constant Gauss curvature by means of an ODE. In which conformal mapping (conserving angles), can ...
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matrix differential equation and its stability

I have a differential equation of a $n\times n$ matrix $X$: $$\dot{X}=-AX$$ $A$ is also a $n\times n$ matrix. Two questions: 1) What conditions should $A$ satisfy if we want that $X=0$ be stable? ...
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Solution of $xu_x + yu_y = 0$

I have the first oder PDE $$xu_x + yu_y = 0 \; \text{on} \; \mathbb{R}^2$$ and I found the solution of that PDE is $$u(x,y) = f\left(\frac{y}{x}\right) = e^C = K$$ which is a constant solution. So, ...
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Problem with initial values (Differential equations)

So i'm trying to solve a trivial problem but sadly I'm not good with math and i need help. SO I solve this equation $y'+y=2$ the solution was $2$, and the initial value $y(0)=2$. How can I check ...
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Discrete time equivalent to ODE

I'm reading a paper in which it is noted that $$\frac{dv(t)}{dt} = f(t) - \varepsilon v(t)$$ has the discrete time equivalent $$v(t+1) = v(t)\exp(-\varepsilon) + \frac{f(t)}{\varepsilon}[1 - ...
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On Weisner Method

I read in chapter 2 "Weisner Method" in the book "Obtaining Generating Functions" by Elna Browning McBride In Sec 5" The extended form of the group generated by B and C " I did not understand ...
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analytical solution of a nonlinear differential equation

can we find a closed form solution -- such as a series solution -- of the following equation $$\frac{dy_0}{dt}+b\left(\frac{20}{27}y_0(t)^2+\frac{10}{27}y_0(t)-\frac5{81} y_0(t)^3-\frac4{81}\right) ...
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differential equations solvable only by numerical methods [on hold]

What kind (a general formula would be nice) of differential equations do not have solutions expressible explicitly or implicitly or by an integral sign? In other words, what kind of differential ...
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Finding the differential equation, given a solution

I am unable to understand how to find the differential equation when a general solution has been given. Here are a few example solutions, which require their differential equations to be found: (a) ...
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Constant solutions and uniquenss of solutions theorem for IVPs

What role do constant solutions play in the existance and uniqueness theorem? For instance, consider the IVP $$\frac{dy}{dx} = x$$ $$ y(0) = 0 $$ Clearly, this IVP has a solution in the form of $y ...
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Exact differential equation problem

I was finding the solution of a differential equation. But I'm stuck on this part. I tried simple integration but answer is incorrect. I don't know how to solve this. $$ dz=(6x+3y)dx+(3x-4y)dy $$
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Singular points while differentiating a function with respect to another function

I have $z(x) = \frac{df(x)}{dx}$ where $f(x)$ if a function of x. I'd like to have the derivative of $z(x)$ in respect to $f$: $\frac{dz}{df} = \frac{\partial f'(x)}{\partial x} \frac{dx}{df}$ ...
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Simple Harmonic Motion under Periodic disturbing force

A particle of mass $m$ is executing a SHM in a straight line under an acceleration $n^2 \times (distance)$. If a periodic force $mk \cos{pt}$ be introduced and the time period of forced vibration ...
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Still getting wrong answer after trying to solve $x''(t)+4x(t)=t^2$ where $x(0)=1$ and $x'(0)=2$

I am trying to solve this differential equation: $$x''(t)+4x(t)=t^2,x(0)=1,x'(0)=2$$ The answer should be: $$x(t)=\frac{1}{4}t^2-\frac{1}{8}+\frac{9}{8}\cos{2t}+\sin{2t}$$ Which is also verified ...
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Why don't we check the exactness of differential equation with Inspection cases?

When solving the differential equations which are reducible to exact differential equations using Inspection cases for example: Solve: $2xy^2 + ye^xdx = e^xdy$ The integrating factor would $1/y^2$ ...
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Using the method of isoclines with logistic equation to create direction field

I am a little unsure on how to use the method of isoclines to model $\frac{dp}{dt} = 3p-2p^2$. As far as I know I need to set $3p-2p^2 = c$ where $c$ is the slope of the field on that line. When I set ...
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Lowering the order of a linear differential equation

Let $$L(x) \equiv x^{(n)}+a_1(t)x^{(n-1)}+...+a_{n-1}(t)x'+a_n(t)x=0.$$ and let the following solutions be given: $x_1,x_2,...,x_m(m<n)$- linear independent solutions. Let's find: $x_{m+1}, ...
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Terminology in DE, difference between Particular and Actual solution

Yesterday I started studying and preparing for a course in Differential Equations and today I came across something that confuses me; I watched a lecture on IVP and they used both Actual solution and ...
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The differential equation $\frac{dy}{dx} +y^2 + \frac{x}{1-x}y = \frac{1}{1-x}$

I am learning how to solve differential equations and making some progress. However, how can one solve this example? The task is to find the solution to the equation $$\frac{dy}{dx} +y^2 + ...
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The differential equation $\frac{dy}{dx} = \frac{y}{x} - \frac{1}{y}\;$

I am learning differential equations and can do the basic examples. However, how can you solve the differential equation $$\frac{dy}{dx} = \frac{y}{x} - \frac{1}{y}\;?$$
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Integrating Factor. [duplicate]

$(axy^2 + by) dx + (bx^2y + ax) dy=0$ I have asked this question before too, but i wish to know the method for evaluating the integrating factor which is $\frac {1} {(a-b)(x^2y^2-xy)}.$ So far i ...
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how to write a function in terms of Heaviside step function

I'm reading Paul Online Notes. There's an example of writing a function in terms of Heaviside step function as follows: $$ f(t) = \begin{cases} -4 &\text{if } t < 6, \\ 25 &\text{if } 6 \le ...
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Coupled partial differential equation, with boundaries specification

Please, help me to find a books or samples to learn how to solve such coupled equations $$\begin{eqnarray} \frac{\partial T_1(x,t)}{\partial t}&=& \alpha_1 \frac{\partial^2 T_1(x,t)}{ ...
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General ODE question

Find the general solution $y(t)$ of the ordinary differential equation $$y''+\omega^2 y=\cos \omega t,$$ where $\omega>0$. I'm relatively new to ODEs and PDEs but can someone show me the ...
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Love's equation $f(x)+\frac{1}{\pi} \int_{-1}^{1} \frac{f(t)}{1+(x-t)^2}dt=1, \ \ (|x|\geq 1)$

Let us consider Love's equation: $$f(x)+\frac{1}{\pi} \int_{-1}^{1} \frac{f(t)}{1+(x-t)^2}dt=1, \ \ (|x|\geq 1)$$ Is $f(x)$ a two times differentiable function?
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Find $\varphi_{1}$ from $q_{1}=A_{1}\sin(\omega t+\varphi_{1})$

I have $q_{1}=A_{1}\sin(\omega t+\varphi_{1})$ where $q_{1}=0$ and $\dot q_{1}=v_{0}$ and I must find $\varphi_{1}$. I know that $\varphi_{1}$ must be zero but I must demonstrate it first. ...
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How to solve differential equation $3p^2e^y-px+1=0$ ,$p =\frac{dy}{dx}$

How to solve differential equation $$3p^2e^y-px+1=0$$ where $$p =\frac{dy}{dx}$$ I have tried to solve for p and for x, but i am not getting anywhere. Can someone help me with this Thanks
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Method of successive approximations to solve y'=y^2

(a) Show that all the successive approximations for the problem $y'=y^2$, $y(0) = 1$, exist for all real $x$. (b) Find a solution of the initial value problem in (a). On what interval does it ...
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Is okay to have different solution to differential equation?

Suppose I have the following differential equation: $ydx - xdy - dx = 0$ Now, I could divide it by Integrating factor $x^2$ to get: $(xdy - ydx)/(x^2) - dx/x^2 = 0$ Use the inspection rule to get: ...
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Determine for what values of m the function is a solution

I was working through some differential equations and came across this problem. Determine for which values of $m$ the function $\phi(x)=e^{mx}$ is a solution to the given equation. A) ...
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Solve the following differential equation subject to the specified boundaries:

Solve the following differential equation subject to the specified boundaries: my answer please review my answer and correct it if it is wrong thanks
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Trigonometric Differential Equation 3

$(x\cos y-y\sin y)dy+(x\sin y+y\cos y)dx=0$ ATTEMPT: Rearranging the terms: $(x\cos ydy+y\cos ydx) -y\sin ydy+x\sin ydx=0$ Dividing by $\cos x$ we get: $(xdy+ydx)-y\tan ydy+x\tan ydx=0$ $ ...
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Solving general linear ODE $\sum_{k=0}^n y^{(k)}=0$

Is there a way to solve this general linear ODE: $$\sum_{k=0}^n y^{(k)}=0$$ For the first few $n$ here are the solutions: $$\begin{array}{c|c} n & y \\ \hline 0 & 0 \\ 1 & c_1 e^x \\ 2 ...
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Find the position function from the piecewise-defined velocity function

I am getting stuck on a position function problem in my Diff Eq class. Problem 22 is shown on the right in the picture below. On the left is the answer. My work below shows that I get stuck ...
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Study materials for Differential equations and Fourier analysis

In two days, on Monday, a new course called Introduction to differential equations starts, and when that ends in one month another called Fourier analysis and its application starts (Both are actually ...
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Solve: $x''(t)-2x'(t) + x(t) = 2 \sin(3t)$

It is asked to solve the ODE $x''(t)-2x'(t) + x(t) = 2 \sin(3t)$ for $x(0)=10, \; x'(0)=0$ It is equivalent to the first order system in two variables $$\begin{bmatrix} x' \\ y' \end{bmatrix} = ...
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A singular Gronwall inequality

Let $f : [0,T] \to R^+$ be a continuous function such that $f(0)=0 $ and : $$ f(t)\le C\int_0^t s^{-1}f(s) ds,\; \forall t\in [0,T] $$ for some constant $C>0.$ Is it true that $f(t)=0,\; \forall ...
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Chain Rule in Polar coordinates

I was looking for an intuitive explanation for the total derivative in polar coordinates. Let me be somewhat more specific: Take a standard line of reasoning that the gradient w.r.t. polar coordinates ...
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Solve $y''=y^2$

Are there any 'basic' solutions to this differential equation (ie using polynomials, exponetials, trigonometric functions and logarithms)? I cannot figure it out at all using the techniques I know for ...
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Help in understanding the notation

I am reading the paper in this link https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/20327748/99-16.ps.pdf Please help me in the notation used in page 5, $(M \vee \phi_n)\wedge M$ it is in line 2 of page 5. ...
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Number of solutions of the differential equation ${dy}\over {dx}$=$y^{1/3}$ $y(0)=0$

The given differential equation is ${dy}\over {dx}$=$y^{1/3}$, $y(0)=0$ I got the solution $$y^{2/3}={{2}\over {3}}x$$ $$i.e. y^{2}={{8}\over {27}} x^{3}$$ $$i.e. y= \pm \sqrt{{{8}\over ...
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solution of 1st order PDE

Find the solution of PDE, $$u_xu_y = u$$ with the initial condition $u(x,0) = 0$ in the domain $x \geq 0$ and $y \geq 0$. I have try the method of characteristic, but it seems like not working for ...
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Exact Differential Equations

$M(x,y)dx + N(x,y)dy=0$ is said to be a perfect differential when $\frac{\partial (M(x,y))}{\partial y}=\frac{\partial (N(x,y))}{\partial x}$. Let $M_y=\frac{\partial (M(x,y))}{\partial y}$ and ...
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Sketching phase portrait of an ellipse

I have a system of linear ODE's as follows: $$\frac{dx}{dt} = y, \frac{dy}{dt} = -4x$$ which has solution $$\begin{bmatrix}x\\y\end{bmatrix} = \alpha\begin{bmatrix}\cos2t\\-2\sin2t\end{bmatrix} + ...
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Taylor Series General Formulas

I'm looking at 2 different Wikipedia pages: The formula here is different than the one given at the end of the section here. Aside from the remainder, why choose one over the other? I'm assuming ...
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Slope field of $y'=x^2 - y^2$

I don't know how I am supposed to go about creating a table with slope values for the graph so that I can sketch them. I knew how to do it when $y'$ equations had $y$ only or $x$ only, but not when ...
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Definition of `equivalent systems of linear differential equations'

I'm reading F.Beukers' `Notes on differential equations and hypergeometric functions', and I can't work out the details of something that seems obviously true. We have a field $K$ endowed with a ...
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Why is t used instead of delta t?

Consider a tank that holds $V$ liters of water. Let $x_0$ kg of salt be dissolved in the water at time $t_0$. Suppose that $V_o$ amount of the mixture is leaving the tank in every time interval, ...
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Why is $\frac{\partial }{\partial y}\int M dx = \int \frac{\partial M}{\partial y}dx$

$M$ is a function of $x$ and $y$. I'm getting this question from looking at the solution of the exact equation $M \mathrm{dx} + N\mathrm{dy} = 0$.
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Topics to master (be literate at) before differential equations?

Good evening, I'm really enthusiastic about learning differential equations because it was said that D.E. is the most important tool of mathematics "can be used for modelling real-world physical ...