Questions on (ordinary) differential equations. For questions specifically concerning partial differential equations, use the (pde) tag.

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Looking for help with a proof that n-th derivative of $e^\frac{-1}{x^2} = 0$ for $x=0$.

Given the function $$ f(x) = \left\{\begin{array}{cc} e^{- \frac{1}{x^2}} & x \neq 0 \\ 0 & x = 0 \end{array}\right. $$ show that $\forall_{n\in \Bbb N} f^{(n)}(0) = 0$. So I have to show ...
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Fourier Series for $|\cos(x)|$

I'm having trouble figuring out the Fourier series of $|\cos(x)|$ from $-\pi$ to $\pi$. I understand its an even function, so all the $b_n$s are $0$ $$a_0 = \frac 2 \pi \int_0^\pi |\cos(x)|\,dx = 0$$...
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Does this ODE question have closed form solution?

These days, I am struggling with following ODE problem when I build up my research model: $1/2f''(x)+a(b - x) f'(x) -(c+ e^{A+Bx})f(x)=0$ where f(x) is a smooth function, and $a,b,c, A,B$ ...
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How to Solve the Coupled Differential Equations?

I came across the set of following coupled equations while studying cycloid motion in Griffiths' Intro to ED $\ddot{y}=\omega \dot{z}$ $\ddot{z}=\omega (\frac{E}{B}-\dot{y})$ I am at a loss as to ...
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Sum of derivatives of a polynomial

Let $p(x)$ be a polynomial of degree $n$ satisfying $p(x)\geq 0$ for all $x$. That is, for all $x$, $p(x) = a_n x^n + a_{n-1} x^{n-1} + \cdots + a_1 x + a_0 \geq 0$, $a_n\neq 0$. Show that $p(x)+p&#...
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Finding integrating factor when IF will be a function of x and y

I'm not finding any resource or description or systemic methodology to find integrating factors when the integrating factor will be a function of both x and y. I'm on this problem, $$ ( y - xy^2 ) ...
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Solve $x=y\frac{dy}{dx}-\left(\frac{dy}{dx}\right)^{2}$

I've recently been learning about differential equations, and my teacher has been giving some particularly difficult examples out for those of us who finish early. He gave us the following ...
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second derivative of the inverse function

I know that the derivative of the inverse function of $f(x)$ is $g'(y) = \frac{1}{f'(x)}$ But how to derive the formula for the second derivative of g(y) knowing that $\left[\frac{1}{f(x)}\right]' = -\...
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Elementary properties of gradient systems

Consider $x_0\in\mathbb{R}^n$ and a $C^{1,1}$ function $f:\mathbb{R}^n\rightarrow\mathbb{R}$ (that is, a differentiable function whose gradient is Lipschitz function). Consider the system $$ \begin{...
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Differential equations that are also functional

I was toying with equations of the type $f(x+\alpha)=f'(x)$ where $f$ is a real function. For example if $\alpha=\frac{\pi}{2}$ then the solutions include the function $f_{\lambda,\mu}(x)=\lambda ...
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How can I solve the differential equation $y'+y^{2}=f(x)$?

$$y'+y^{2}=f(x)$$ I know how to find endless series solution via endless integral or endless derivatives and power series solution if we know $f(x)$. I also know how to find general solution if we ...
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How do you solve $f'(x) = f(f(x))$?

A friend told me to solve the following differential equation: $$f'(x)=f(f(x))$$ I have no idea how to solve this! This doesn't seem to be an ordinary differential equation and I can't even solve ...
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Deriving the addition formula for the lemniscate functions from a total differential equation

The lemniscate of Bernoulli $C$ is a plane curve defined as follows. Let $a > 0$ be a real number. Let $F_1 = (a, 0)$ and $F_2 = (-a, 0)$ be two points of $\mathbb{R}^2$. Let $C = \{P \in \mathbb{...
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Function whose inverse is also its derivative?

What are some good examples of a function $f : \mathbb{R} \to \mathbb{R}$ where its derivative is equal to its inverse? I attempted to find a monomial that satisfied it by starting with $f(x) = ax^b$ ...
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Ordinary Differential Equations used in Cosmology

I'm just reading over some Cosmology notes and there is a little ODE solve that I am not quite understanding. I have an equation of the form: $$ \ddot{R}=-\frac{GM}{R^{2}} $$ Integrating gives: $$ ...
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Integrating factor in linear differential equations

I'm watching various videos on differential equations and they all say that linear differential equations are on the form: $y' + P(x)y = Q(x)$ where $P(x)$ is the integrating factor and equals $e^{\...
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How to reduce higher order linear ODE to a system of first order ODE?

Is there any general and systematic way of reducing the higher order linear ODE to a system of first order ODE? For example, assume we have $a_3x^{(3)}+a_2x^{(2)}+a_1x^{(1)}+a_0x=0$, then how do we ...
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Bessel's Differential Equation - textbook queries:

In order to ask this question I must first give some background information as written in my text book: Given Bessel's Differential equation: $$x^2y^{\prime\prime}+xy^{\prime}+(x^2-p^2)y=0$$ ...
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About the solution of a difference equation

Let $r>4$ be a positive integer. Let us consider this difference equation: $$u_{n+1}=(1+r²ⁿ⁺¹)u_{n}-r²ⁿ⁻¹u_{n-1}+2$$ I want to find a closed form, bu I am not able to find the good idea.
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Easiest way to solve $y''+y=\frac{1}{\cos x}$

I know how to solve it using Lagrange method of variation of constants, but is there easier way?
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Find the differential equation of all circles of radius a [closed]

Can someone please post a detailed step-by-step procedure. Given the circle with a radius a, what is the differential equation of the circle.
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Orthonormal vectors in Polar coordinates, show $\hat{e}_R=\frac{(x,y,z)}{r}$

Definitions Unit vector has length 1. Orthonormal vectors are orthogonal and unit vectors. RobJohn's suggestions for the basis in polar coordinates, here, satisfy the criteria but how can you ...
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Nicer expression for the following differential operator

I have the following sequence of differential operators: $$D_n = \underbrace{t \partial_t t \partial_t \dots t \partial_t}_{\text{$n$ times}}.$$ Is there any expression involving a sum of "normal" ...
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Differential equation: autonomous system

This isn't homework. I have no idea what theorems I should be looking at to solve this. Guidance, partial and total solutions are all welcomed. Let $f$ be a locally lipschitz function in an open ...
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Generating unitary matrices numerically - “close” to the identity element

EDIT: broke this into two parts - for these were two different questions. For numerically obtaining the stabilities of a matricial equation, i need to generate an ensemble of matrices that are ...
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Find a general control and then show that this could have been achieved at x2

Determine the general form of $u_0, u_1 ~\text{and} ~ u_2$ if a system of difference equations of the form $$x_{n+1} = Ax_n + Bu_n,$$ where: $$A = \begin{pmatrix} 3 & 2 & 2 \\ -1 &...
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A problem For the boundary value problem, $y''+\lambda y=0$, $y(-π)=y(π)$ , $y’(-π)=y’(π)$

For the boundary value problem, $y''+\lambda y=0$ $y(-π)=y(π)$ , $y’(-π)=y’(π)$ to each eigenvalue $\lambda$, there corresponds Only one eigenfunction Two eigenfunctions Two linearly ...
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How to know if a point is analytics or not?

So I have the equation y" + [(x-x^3)/x]y' +[(sinx)/x]y = 0 My x nought it equal to 0. I know this is a singular point because my denominator is equal to zero....
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How to apply reduction of order to find a 2nd linearly independent solution?

I have some questions about writing a general solution, $y$, for $y''-y=0$ when $y_1 = e^x$ is a known solution. I do not understand the logic of the method of reduction of order. How do we apply ...
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Quick question that I can't find anywhere online about Runge-Kutta

I'm writing a presentation on modelling fluid flow. We used Runge-Kutta second order to describe the flow as a numerical method. I just want verify that Runge-Kutta fourth order would be of a higher ...
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Existence and Uniqueness Theorem

I had a question about how to do one of these problems. So here's the question: Given this equation $y'=\frac{-\cos(t)y(t)}{(t+2)(t-1)}+t$, find if the initial conditions $y(0)=10, y(2)=-1, y(-10)=5$ ...
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Solving $\frac{dx}{dz}-\frac{2x}{z}=1$

Please can someone solve this? $$\frac{dx}{dz}-\frac{2x}{z}=1$$ Please this is only part of my homework question. I am stuckwith here. Please teach me this solution thank you:)
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stability of a linear system

The linear system: $y''(t)+4y'(t)=4(\lambda -1)y(t)+z(t)$ $z'(t)=(\lambda -3)z(t)$ Determine the stability of the system as a function of the parameter $\lambda\in\mathbb{R}$. How ...
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solving this second order ode

Consider the second order ODE where $ (k-x)^2 y''+6(k-x)y'+12y=F(x) $ where $k$ is some constant. I want to compute the real valued general solution. progress: guess $(k-x)^{m}$ to be the solution ...
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Use two solutions to a high order linear homogeneous differential equation with constant coefficients to say something about the order of the DE

OK, this one utterly baffles me. I am given two solutions to an nth-order homogeneous differential equation with constant coefficients. Using the solutions, I am supposed to put a restriction on n (...
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exact solution to lotka-volterra equations [closed]

I am looking for exact or perturbative solution realistic lotka-volterra (the one with logistic term in one of the equations) equations in population dynamics. Any reference where they have done it ...
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Differential equations and Fourier and Laplace transforms

Why do both the Fourier transform and the Laplace transform appear in the study of differential equations? I've never understood why there are some situations where the Fourier transform is used and ...
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Differentials Definition

Please define differentials rigorously such that they give a consistency to their use in the following links. I have read Is $\frac{\textrm{d}y}{\textrm{d}x}$ not a ratio? What is the practical ...
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Explanation and Proof of the fourth order Runge-Kutta method

Runge-Kutte 4th order method is a numerical technique used to solve ordinary differential equation of the form $dy/dx=f(x,y), y(0)=y_0$ It gives $y_{i+1}$ in the form $y_{i+1} = y_i+(a_1k_1+a_2k_2+...
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Why it is absolutely mistaken to cancel out differentials?

In many of my physics courses, (don't worry, this is a mathematics question!) My teachers cancel out differentials, and every time, they say: "If a mathematician saw me canceling out this ...
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Function whose third derivative is itself.

I'm looking for a function $f$, whose third derivative is $f$ itself, while the first derivative isn't. Is there any such function? Which one(s)? If not, how can we prove that there is none? Notes: ...
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Can this gravitational field differential equation be solved, or does it not show what I intended?

This is the equation I'm having trouble with: $$G \frac{M m}{r^2} = m \frac{d^2 r}{dt^2}$$ That's the non-vector form of the universal law of gravitation on the left and Newton's second law of ...
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Fourth Order Nonlinear ODE

I was looking at an ode $w^{(4)} + w^3 = 0$ with initial conditions $[w'''(0),w''(0),w'(0),w(0)]=[1,0,0,0]$. I can see via maple that there is a blowup around 3.7. I was wondering if there was a way ...
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Euler-Lagrange, Gradient Descent, Heat Equation and Image Denoising

For an image denoising problem, the author has a functional $E$ defined $$E(u) = \iint_\Omega F \;\mathrm d\Omega$$ which he wants to minimize. $F$ is defined as $$F = \|\nabla u \|^2 = u_x^2 + ...
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Can someone intuitively explain what the convolution integral is?

I'm having a hard time understanding how the convolution integral works (for Laplace transforms of two functions multiplied together) and was hoping someone could clear the topic up or link to sources ...
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Particular solution to a Riccati equation $y' = 1 + 2y + xy^2$

The equation is $y' = 1 + 2y + xy^2$. I've tried $mx+n$, $ax^m$, even $\tan x$ as candidates for particular solution where $a,m,n \in \mathbb Q$, but it did not work. Can anyone find one particular ...
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Definition of a Differential Equation?

Here is one definition of a differential equation: "An equation containing the derivatives of one or more dependent variables, with respect to one of more independent variables, is said to be a ...
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Finite dimensional spaces

What are the finite-dimensional spaces $W$ of differentiable functions with this property: If $f$ is in $W$, then $\frac{df}{dx}$ is in $W$.
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Recursive solutions to linear ODE.

When finding the solutions to the simple ODE $$ y'- mxy= x^n \text{ ; } y(0) = 0$$ I found the following: Let $P_n$ be the particular solution for each integer exponent $n$. Then if we define $$...
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When do Harmonic polynomials constitute the kernel of a differential operator?

Let $f$ be a real polynomial of two variables. Let $\partial_f=f\left(\frac{\partial}{\partial x},\frac{\partial}{\partial y}\right)$. Let $H$ denote the space of harmonic polynomials, i.e., ...