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Solving Special Function Equations Using Lie Symmetries

The lie group + representation theory approach to special functions & how they solve the ode's arising in physics is absolutely amazing. I've given an example of it's power below on Bessel's ...
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Geometric & Intuitive Meaning of $SL(2,R)$, $SU(2)$, etc… & Representation Theory of Special Functions

Many special functions of mathematical physics can be understood from the point of view of the representation theory of lie groups. An example of the power of this viewpoint is given in my question ...
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Notions of stability for differential equations

Consider a system of differential equations $$\dot{x} = f(x,u)$$ $$y = h(x,u)$$ where $x(t), u(t)$ are vectors in some $\mathbb{R}^n$. We define the infinity norm of a function in more-or-less in the ...
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On the Constant Rank Theorem and the Frobenius Theorem for differential equations.

Recently I was reading chapter $4$ (p. $60$) of The Implicit Function Theorem: History, Theorem, and Applications (By Steven George Krantz, Harold R. Parks) on proof's of the equivalence of the ...
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Kähler Geodesics

Consider the Kähler manifold in coordinates $(a,b)$ given by the complex Riemannian metric $$\begin{pmatrix} ...
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Measure-driven differential equations

Background: I need some help to understand the concept behind measure-driven differential equations. The solution of an ordinary differential equation is continuous. In order to describe discontinuous ...
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$\tau$ structure of the sixth Painlevé equation

I am studying the isomonodromic deformations theory, which leads in the case of a $\mathcal{C}_{0,4}$ Riemann surface to the sixth Painlevé equation. I read that this equation had a ...
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Linear differential equations of the $n$th order

$$ L(x)=x^{(n)}+a_1(t)x^{(n-1)}+\cdots +a_{n-1}(t)x'+a_n(t)x;\qquad a_1(t),a_2(t),\ldots\in C$$ $$U_j(\varphi)= \sum_{k=0}^{n-1}(M_{jk} \varphi^{k}(\alpha)-N_{jk} \varphi^{k}(\beta))= \gamma_j\quad ...
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How to solve a time-dependent Schrodinger equation in periodic Dirac delta potential

I'm trying to solve a 1D time-dependent Schrodinger equation: $$ i\frac{\partial \psi(x,t)}{\partial t}=\left[-\frac{1}{2} \frac{\partial^2}{\partial x^2}+V(x)+F(t)*x\right]\psi(x,t) $$ where $V(x)$ ...
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Uniqueness of an infinite system of linear ODEs

How to prove that $\dot{x}=ax,\space x(0)=1$ has a unique solution if $a,x$ are infinite dimensional matrices? More specifically, let $Q$ be a bounded infinitesimal generator, i.e. ...
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Periodic orbits of “even” perturbations of the differential system $x'=-y$, $y'=x$

Fix some even functions $f$ and $g$, differentiable, such that $f(0)=g(0)=0$ and $f'(0)=g'(0)=0$, and consider the associated autonomous differential system $$x'=-y+f(x)\qquad y'=x+g(y)$$ Is every ...
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$y=0$ is the differential equation $\frac{dy}{dx}=E(y)$ singular solution ,equivalent improper integral $\int_{0}^{1}\frac{dy}{E(y)}$ is convergence

Assmue that continuous function $E(y)$ such $$E(0)=0,E(y)\neq 0,0<y\le 1$$ $y=0$ is differential equation $$\dfrac{dy}{dx}=E(y)$$signular solution, iff and only if the improper integral ...
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ODE system and Lie symmetries

The ODE system (see below), where $F$ is a given function together the algebraic condition (SYM) imply that $$\boxed{y(t)=k-x(t)} \tag{*}$$ for some $k$ constant. The result that $y$ is a translation ...
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How to classify/ solve this PDE?

I am searching how to solve the PDE below but I can not seem to find a decent example online. My major did not focus much in solving PDEs so I feel very deficient. I know how to solve for the steady ...
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Uniqueness of solutions to $u_{tt} - c^{2}u_{xxxx} + au_{t} = 0$

The problem I am working on is to show that there is a unique compactly supported solution to the PDE $u_{tt} - c^{2}u_{xxxx} + au_{t} = 0$, $(x, t) \in \mathbb{R} \times [0, \infty)$ with $u(x, 0)= ...
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Rolling parabola & catenary

By rolling a rigid catenary on a straight line one obtains the locus of its center of curvature as a parabola. This is well known as the natural equation connecting arc length and radius of curvature ...
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Proving that two functions involving integrals with Legendre polynomials are equal

I have two functions that I expect to be equal (where $P_{2l}$ are the even Legendre Polynomials): $$F_{2l}(x)=x\, \tanh(\pi x/2)\left|\int_0^1 u^{i x-1}P_{2l}(u)\,du\right|^2$$ ...
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The Stable Manifold Theorem Applications

Definition: Let $\phi_t(x)$ be the flow of the nonlinear system $x'=f(x)$. The global stable manifold of $x'=f(x)$ at $0$ is defined by: $$W^s(0)=\bigcup_{t\leq 0}\phi_t(S)$$ Where $S$ is a ...
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Modelling a Water Rocket. Requires Some Validation and Help. ( WARNING : Extremely Long but Interesting Post )

Good day people of math.stackexchange.com This is a pet project that I plan to use to convince my Prof that I would rather try something similar to this than to do the prescribed project. Edit : ...
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Proof Strategy for a Dynamical System of Points on the Plane

I have a rather simple-looking system which exhibits a particular behaviour in simulation, and I would now like to attempt to prove this formally. The problem is, I don't really know where to start, ...
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Hints/Help studying an Abel Differential Equation

I want to know more than qualitative information about the Abel differential equation $\frac{dy}{dx}+y^3+x=0$. $\qquad ... \;(1)$ Since I don´t know how to solve this and as far as could see, this ...
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Differential equation $f'(x)=\alpha\cdot f(x-1)^\beta$

Is there a way to solve $$f'(x)=\alpha\cdot f(x-1)^\beta,$$ where $\alpha>0,\beta\neq0.$ I know that if the arguments matched, I could use separation of variables to get ...
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Why does $\frac{1}{r}\frac{dr}{d\theta} = \cot \psi$?

In the discussion of linear fractional equations in Birkhoff and Rota's Ordinary Differential Equations, the authors assert that if we convert a DE of the form $y' = F\left(\frac{y}{x}\right)$ to ...
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Intuition behind variation of parameters method for solving differential equations

I have used the variation of parameters method (and have been taught it, although not hugely in depth) and I was wondering if I've understood the intuition behind it. In particular I've been thinking ...
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Finding the inverse of a function.

Let $f:\mathbb{R}\to \mathbb{R}_+$ with $f\geq\epsilon>0$ be smooth and define $G:\mathbb{R}\to\mathbb{R}$ thus $$G(x):=\int_0^x\frac{1}{f(u)}\mathrm{d}u$$ Then it is clear that $G$ is ...
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Introduction to differential equations for pure mathematicians

Is there a good reference for learning about differential equations for people who are mainly interested in the theoretical tools (especially in differential geometry/topology) that use them? I ...
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Vector Laplace equation with constraint

I want to solve Laplace equation for a vector $\boldsymbol v=(v_x,v_y)$: $$\nabla^2 \boldsymbol{v}=0$$ but under the constraint that $$(1+v_x)^2+v_y^2=1$$ which becomes $v_y = -(2v_x+v_x^2)^{1/2}$. ...
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Boundary Layer, leading order, Pertubation Theory, Differential Equations

I have got the following problem, taken from Multiple Scale and singular perturbation methods, Kevorkian & Cole book, page 94, exercise 1.b.: Find the leading order of the problem: $\varepsilon ...
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Solution of a nonlinear first order ODE

Is it possible to find an analytic solution to the following ODE: $$y\ln(xy)y'+x=0 $$ It is neither separable nor can be made an exact one. I cannot seem to work any substitution either. I've also ...
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What differential equation might model this almost-harmonic oscillator?

I need to precisely control the motion of a damped, driven (nearly) harmonic oscillator: $$ \ddot x(t) + \alpha\dot x(t) + \omega_0^2 x(t) \approx V(t) $$ I use the $\approx$ symbol because this is ...
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Examples of potentials for which Schrödinger equation lacks discrete points in continuous spectrum

In Landau, Lifshitz, "Quantum Mechanics, non-relativistic theory" in $\S18$ "The fundamental properties of Schrödinger's equation" the following is said in a footnote: it must be mentioned that, ...
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Uniqueness solutions of $dx/dt = f^2(x) + e^{-t}$.

Someone can help me in the following problem? Is a question of Zhang. Let $f(x)$ be continuous for $x \in \mathbb{R}$, show that $dx/dt = f^2(x) + e^{-t}$ has the property of uniqueness of ...
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Earnshaw's theorem

Proposition Suppose $U\colon\Omega\to\mathbb R$ is a non-constant harmonic function, i.e. $U\in\mathcal C^\omega$, i.e. analytic, and $\Delta U=0$, where $\Omega\subseteq\mathbb R^n$ is a region. ...
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Question about a (relatively simple looking) differential operator and its eigenvalues

A colleague and I are interested in a specific differential operator on the reals. The differential operator L is of the form $L=-(1+x^{2})\frac{d^{2}}{dx^{2}}+c_{1}x\frac{d}{dx}+c_{2}x^{2}$ for ...
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Solving numerically the equation of motion of D7 brane perturbation

I want to solve this equation $$ \partial_{\rho}^{2}\phi+\frac{3}{\rho}\partial_{\rho}\phi+\left(\frac{M^{2}}{(1+\rho^{2})^{2}}-\frac{l(l+2)}{\rho^{2}}\right)\phi=0 $$ numerically. I know that ...
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Stability for Nonlinear System

I am trying to assess the (Liapunov) stability of the equilibrium at $(0,0)$ of the system \begin{align*} x_1' &= -4x_2 + x_1^2 \\ x_2' &= 4x_1 + x_2^2. \end{align*} I plotted the phase ...
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Separable non-linear ODE (with radicals)

I am trying to solve the equation $$ \frac{dy}{dt}=\sqrt{(\gamma-1+\frac{2\alpha\beta}{2\alpha-1})e^{-2\alpha y}-\frac{2\alpha\beta}{2\alpha-1}e^{-y}+1} $$ [1] $y(0) = 0$; $t_{0}=0$; $\alpha$, ...
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Questions about the Picard–Lindelöf theorem for an ODE

In the sketch proof of Picard–Lindelöf existence theorem for an ODE: It can then be shown, by using the Banach fixed point theorem, that the sequence of "Picard iterates" $φ_k$ is convergent and ...
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Clarification in a paper

This is regarding a clarification in page 384 of a paper published in Annals of Statistics by Amari. In page no. 384, he defines $$R_i(t)=\frac{\partial}{\partial \theta_i} ...
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Uniqueness result in linear differential equation of degree $n$.

Suppose that $f$ is such that $$f^{(n)}=\sum_{j=0}^{n-1}a_jf^{(j)}$$ Some little work is needed to get to ($a_j=0$ if $j<0$) $${f^{(n + 1)}} = \sum\limits_{j = 0}^{n - 1} {\left( {{a_{j - 1}} + ...
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Show that any closed disk in $\mathbb{R²}$ containing a limited semi-orbit of $x' = f(x)$ necessarily contains one equilibrium point.

Show that any closed disk in $\mathbb{R²}$ containing a limited semi-orbit of $x' = f(x)$ necessarily contains one equilibrium point. Sorry for the mistakes in the translation, I am Brazilian and ...
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Is there some relationship between algebraic curves and partial differential equations that goes beyond classifying different PDE's

I ask primarily because despite not having taken that many math classes (up to two semesters of a PDE class in college), it would be very interesting if maybe we could gain intuition regarding ...
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Heat equation proving smoothness

I have a question regarding a PDE course: Let $T$ be the strongly continuous semigroup which belongs to the heat equation, thus with generator $A$ is the Laplacian. Suppose we have $g \in ...
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How do I find Green Function for this BVP

I saw this question: Find the Green function for the problem: $$y''(x)+y(x) = h(x)$$ $$y(0)=y(\pi), y'(0)=y'(\pi)$$ My attempt: First I should consider the homogeneous case, in that case: $y''=0 ...
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clarification of a doubt over a defined result in ODE

I was going through the topic of Wronskian in ODE came up with the following result: I have a little doubt. Can we say the same if we interchange $y_1$ and $y_2$ i.e. between consecutive zeroes of ...
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Analytic approximation of $\ddot x+\gamma sign(\dot x)+x=0$

I am trying to find an analytic approximation to this non-linear differential equation. $$ \ddot x+\gamma sign(\dot x)+x=0 $$ $\gamma$ is a very small parameter. The solution I am getting is $$ ...
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Did I correctly derive the scheme for this PDE using the Crank Nicolson Method?

I'm taking an Applied Numerical Methods course this semester, and I was given the following homework problem: Basically, before I begin writing any sort of code, I would like to ensure that I have ...
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What does affine invariance mean in the context of the Newton's method?

The textbook Numerical Solution of Boundary Value Problems for Ordinary Differential Equations (by Ascher, Mattheij, and Russell) states on page 329: [W]e observe that Newton's method is affine ...
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Polar representation of conic sections $r(\theta)=\frac1{1 + e \cos\theta}$

Consider a curve given in polar coordinates by $r(\theta) = \dfrac1{1 + e \cos\theta}$, where $e\ge0$. a) Show that the distance of each point on this curve to the line $x=\frac1e$ is a constant ...
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Examples on conceptual problems for eigenvalues in differential equations

I am currently holding a discussion class on diff eqs for engineers and I am looking for an interesting conceptual problem on eigenvalues in diff eqs. Most of the problems in 5 different books that I ...