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Could you recommend some classic textbooks on ordinary/partial differential equation?

I love R.Courant and F.John's Introduction to Calculus and Analysis because of its wide coverage, precise description and friendly written style. Are there any classic textbooks like it on ODE/PDE? ...
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history of the double root solution of $ay''+by'+cy=0$

Motivation: It is a well-known fact that $ay''+by'+cy=0$ has solutions which are found from substituting the ansatz $y=e^{\lambda t}$ into the DEqn. It turns out that we replace the calculus problem ...
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Functions that are their Own nth Derivatives for Real n

Consider (non-trivial) functions that are their own nth derivatives. For instance $\frac{\mathrm{d}}{\mathrm{d}x} e^x = e^x$ $\frac{\mathrm{d}^2}{\mathrm{d}x^2} e^{-x} = e^{-x}$ ...
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Help with using the Runge-Kutta 4th order method on a system of 2 first order ODE's.

The original ODE I had was $$ \frac{d^2y}{dx^2}+\frac{dy}{dx}-6y=0$$ with $y(0)=3$ and $y'(0)=1$. Now I can solve this by hand and obtain that $y(1) = 14.82789927$. However I wish to use the 4th order ...
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Nonlinear Differential Equation question

I have a nonlinear Diffeq: $$\frac{d^2x}{dt^2}+\beta \frac{dx}{dt}+\epsilon \times e^{- \lambda x} = f(t) $$ where $f(t)$ is a function that is known, and $\beta$ and $\lambda$ are constants that ...
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$\frac{dS}{d\rho}$ Factor arising

To get details see: equations 29,30,31,34,44,50,51 We have known some solitary wave solutions, given by(equations 1 to 5) $$ \phi_1=p_1\cos \tau \tag{1}$$ $$\phi_2=\frac16 ...
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Looking for a logically coherent book for the self-study of differential equations

I'm looking for a logically coherent book for the self-study of differential equations. Let me clarify. By logically coherent, I don't mean proofs of the limit laws, uniqueness theorems etc. By ...
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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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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 $$ ...
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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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system of ode with non-constant coefficient matrix

I am sorry but I haven't learn any method to solve this kind of problem if the given matrix is non-constant. $$\begin{pmatrix}x\\y\end{pmatrix}^\prime=\begin{pmatrix} 1&-\cos t \\ \cos t & ...
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The number of solutions to an $n^{th}$ order differential equation.

For an $n$th order differential equation, why are there always $n$ solutions? Why exactly $n$, not $n - 1, n+1$ or infinite many? Addendum by LePressentiment : This is motivated by P176 on ...
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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 ...
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Solving the differential equation $\frac{dy}{dx}=\frac{3x+4y+7}{x-2y-11}$

How do we solve the differential equation $$\frac{dy}{dx}=\frac{3x+4y+7}{x-2y-11}$$? I tried substituting $v=yx$ but I do not seem to be getting anywhere.Putting $u=x-2y$ yielded nothing better. ...
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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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How to solve this recurrence Relation - Varying Coefficient

Sir,I have two questions related to this recurrence relation. It has been messing with me for long. Because of this I couldn't proceed my work for some time .This contains a polynomial term n+2 in ...
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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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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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Differential Equation Math Puzzle

Dog race: Edit 2: I posted a possible answer below. However, I am unsure how the authors arrived at the solution. Maybe someone can offer an explanation. Four dogs are positioned at the corners of ...
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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 ...
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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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Using the Lambert W to express a solution of a differential equation.

I solved a differential equation some time ago and I need to solve for $y$. How can we solve for $y$ using the Lambert W function? $$C_1+x = e^y+Cy$$
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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 ...
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4 Bugs chasing each other differential equation

This is from a problem seminar and I need help figuring out the solution. Four bugs, $A,B,C,D$ are initially placed at the corners of a unit square. From a given initial moment, all four crawl ...
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Laplace's equation in rectangle geometry

Consider Laplace's equation in a rectangle with length and width of a and b respectively, with following boundary conditions: All the boundaries with $x < a/2$ have Drichlet boundary condition ...
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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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Complementary Solution = Homogenous solution?

I have calculated solutions to homogenous equations but is the complementary solution mentioned here the same as the homogenous solution? Let's take example $y''-3y'+2y=\cos(wx)$ and now ...
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Differential equations - Relation between the number of solutions and the order

The case $\mathbb{C}[z, e^{\lambda z} \mid \lambda \in \mathbb{C}]$: I want to show that in the ring $\mathbb{C}[z, e^{\lambda z} \mid \lambda \in \mathbb{C}]$ each differential equation has a ...
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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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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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Using laplace transforms to solve a piecewise defined function initial value problem

I want to use laplace transforms to solve the following: $$\frac{d^2 y}{dt^2}+16 y = f(t) = \left\{\begin{array} 1 1&t\lt\pi\\0&t\geq \pi\end{array}\right.\text{ with } y(0)=0 \text{ and } ...
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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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`“Variation of Constant”` -method to solve linear DYs?

My school instructs to use some method called "variation of constant" (first page here) to solve linear DY more in my earlier question here. I think I solved the ...
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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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Conditions on a $1$-form in $\mathbb{R}^3$ for there to exist a function such that the form is closed.

What are the conditions on a $1$-form in $\mathbb{R}^3$ for there to exist a function such that the form is closed? More precisely, given a point, $p$, what are conditions on the coefficients of a ...
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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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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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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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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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Find the flow for the following dynamical system

I have the following dynamical system: $\dot{x_1}= -x_2 + (x_1(1-(x_1^2+x_2^2)^2))$ , $ \dot{x_2}= x_1 + (x_2(1-(x_1^2+x_2^2)^2))$, $\dot{x_3}= \epsilon x_3$ . I am required to work out the flow ...
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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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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 ...
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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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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 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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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 ...