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### How to use the Mehler kernel to get the solution of the Quantum harmonic oscillator with a given initial condition

In this wiki-article http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mehler_kernel the fundamental solution of the differential equation for the Quantum harmonic oscillator is provided by the Mehler Kernel: ...
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### Mathieu equation solution with non-periodic boundary conditions

I need to solve the Mathieu equation: $y''(x)+(a-2q \cos(2x)) y(x) = 0$ but with the unusal boundary condition: $y(x+\pi) = e^{i \alpha}y(x) \quad , \quad \alpha \in R$ if $\alpha = 0$ than the ...
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### How do you solve this differential equation? $\tfrac{dx}{dz} = i (M x)$

How do you solve this differential equation : $\tfrac{dx}{ dz} = i (M x)$ where $M$ is a tridiagonal matrix with elements $100$. That is, $M$ is an array with $100$ elements in triagonal form, ...
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### Computation of the Frenet-Serret trihedron in $\Bbb L^3$ (Lorentz-Minkowski space)

Consider $\Bbb L^3 = (\Bbb R^3, \langle , \rangle)$, with the convention $$\langle (x_1,y_1,z_1), (x_2,y_2,z_2)\rangle = x_1x_2+y_1y_2 - z_1z_2$$ and $\| v \| = \sqrt{|\langle v, v \rangle|}$. Let ...
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### Decoupling system of two partial differential equations

If I have the following systems of PDE $$u_t+x^2u_{xx}-\dfrac{h_1(t)}{h_0(t)}e^{-(v-u)}-\dfrac{h_0'(t)}{h_0(t)} = 0,\\ v_t-\dfrac{h_0(t)}{h_1(t)}e^{-(u-v)}-\dfrac{h_1'(t)}{h_1(t)} = 0,$$ where ...
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### Wronskian Bessel Equations

I need to compute the wronskian of $J_n$ and $Y_n$ (the Bessel functions of the first and second kinds). I've been able to find in many sources that it is $$W(J_n,Y_n)=\frac{\pi}{2x}$$, but I haven't ...
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### Integral-Differential Equation Modeling Banked Turn

Solve this equation for the function $y(x)$: $y' = \alpha \left(\int\sqrt{1 + y'^2} dx \right)^2$ Of course this must first be solved for $y'$ and then integrated to get $y$. The following is not ...
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### Solution to the “cubic” Helmholtz equation

What is known about the solutions of the differential equation in three-dimensions $$\nabla^2 \phi = -\kappa^2 (\phi + (1/3!)\phi^3)$$ Without the cubic term, this gives a linear operator ...
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### Integral calculus question relating to particle motion

"A particle of mass m is attracted toward a fixed point 0 with a force inversely proportional to its instantaneous distance from 0. If the particle is released from rest, at distance L, from 0, find ...
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### What went wrong?

Intrigued by this question, one-dimensional inverse square laws, I started to try to find an answer and came up with what follows. However, I calculated the derivatives to double check myself, and ...
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### Determine the motion for all time

In the frame $F=[0,\hat{k}]$, a particle of mass $m$, whose trajectory $[0,\infty)\xrightarrow{\rm r}\mathbb{R}$ is $r=z\hat{k}$ moves in response to a force ...
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### If $f(x,y,t):= u(r) \cos ( \omega t)$, use the multivariable chain rule to obtain an ODE for $u$ from the PDE for $f$.

Let $f(x,y,t) :=u(r)\cos \omega t$, where $r= \sqrt{x^2 +y^2}$. Physics tells us the following: For $f(x,y,t)$ to describe a vibrating membrane, with $f(x,y,t)$ telling how high the mem- brane is ...
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### Easy way to find the streamlines

In a textbook, this problem appears: Find the streamlines of the vector field $\mathbf{F}=(x^2+y^2)^{-1}(-y\hat{x}+x\hat{y})$. The system we need to solve, I suppose, is: ...
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### Need help with boundary conditions of a differential equation.

QUESTION: A particle $A$ is moving along the $X$ axis at a constant horizontal velocity $u\hat{i}$. Another particle $B$ is moving such that its velocity vector always points towards the particle ...
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### Decomposite a vector field into two parts

Let A be a region in $\mathbb R^3$, and suppose $\vec {\mathbf F}$ is a smooth vector field on A. I was asked to show that I can write $\vec {\mathbf F}=\vec {\mathbf F_1}+\vec {\mathbf F_2}$, s.t. ...
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### Adding small correction term to ODE solution

Let $\mathbf{r}(t) = [x(t), y(t), z(t)]$ and $\mathbf{v}(t) = \frac{d}{dt}\mathbf{r}(t)$. I'm trying to solve $$\frac{d}{dt}\mathbf{v}=\frac{q}{m}(\mathbf{v}\times\mathbf{B}) \tag{1}$$ where $q$ and ...
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### 1D Green's function: from interval to infinite line

Let's consider two problems for diffusion equation. The first one: $$u_t = a^2u_{xx},\qquad 0<x<l,\quad 0<t\leq T$$ $$u(x,0) = \phi(x), \qquad 0 \leq x \leq l$$ ...
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### Green's function. Basic

Can anyone give some advice about books where I could find introductory information about Green's function. What are the methods of constructing Green's function. Actually, Green's function for 3D ...
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### Finding the Extremals of a Functional J.

The functional $J$ is defined on smooth functions $y \colon [a,b] \to \mathbb{R}$ satisfying $y(a) = u$, $y(b) = v$ and is given by $$J[y]=\int_a^b \sqrt{y} \sqrt{1+(y')^2}\, dx.$$ I have found ...
Essentially, How does one solve the tensorial differential equation $$\frac{dx^a}{d\tau}=A^a{}_bx^b$$ where $x^a$ is a 4-vector and $A^a{}_b$ is a $(1,1)$ tensor. The original Problem How does ...