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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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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., ...
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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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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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How does an integrating factor geometrically “uncurl” a vector field?

We know that certain 1-D forms $m(x,y,z)\,dx + n(x,y,z)\,dy + p(x,y,z)\,dz$ admit integrating factors as we teach in basic differential equations. How does the integrating factor geometrically turn ...
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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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how do you solve $y''+2y'-3y=0$?

I want to solve this equation: $y''+2y'-3y=0$ I did this: $y' = z$ $y'' = z\dfrac{dz}{dy}$ $z\dfrac{dz}{dy}+2z-3y=0$ $zdz+2zdy-3ydy=0$ $zdz=(3y-2z)dy$ $z=3y-2z$ ...
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Deriving the addition formula of $\sin u$ from a total differential equation

How do we derive the addition formula of $\sin u$ from the following equation? $$\frac{dx}{\sqrt{1 - x^2}} + \frac{dy}{\sqrt{1 - y^2}} = 0$$ Motivation Let $u = \int_{0}^{x}\frac{dt}{\sqrt{1 - ...
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To what extent can you manipulate differentials like dy and dt like actual values?

I have been thinking about the differentials that we use in derivatives and integrals. For example, I have an equation: $${\int{w}{dr}} = \text{other stuff}$$ The context for this strange equation ...
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prove that the following function is: $f(x) = 0$

let $f: [0,1] \to \mathbb R$ , $f$ is differentiable $f(0) = 0$ $|f'(x)|\le|f(x)|$ for $x\in [0,1]$ prove that $f(x) =0$ for $x\in [0,1]$ i believe that i need to somehow use the ...
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Under which conditions a solution of an ODE is analytic function?

If I'm not wrong there is a theorem that says that if the conditions for Picard's theorem are satisfied, for an ode $\dot x=f(x,t)$, then the solution of the ode is as smooth as $f$. I think I'm not ...
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Applied ODEs in trajectory problem

I'm having a hard time solving this problem: Let there be a town $A$ in a shore of a river. Let $x=0$ be the shore. Let $(0,0)$ be the location of the town. Let $B$ be another town, in the ...
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Differential equation with a constant in it

Solve $$y'' + s^2y = b \cos sx$$ where $s$ and $b$ are constants. I have tried undetermined coefficients, but it makes such a mess that I keep getting lost, I also tried variation of ...
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does there exist an system which has closed orbit but not constant one?

Can you please give me an example of an ODE system which has no constant orbit or fixes point but closed orbit? Thank u very much
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number of points of tangency of the zero divergence vector field and the equator of the sphere.

Let $V$ be vector field on the sphere $S^2$ and $\operatorname{div} V=0$. What is the minimum number tangency points of this vector field and the equator of the sphere?
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Basic Reference material about ODEs such as saparability with calculations and examples?

I am trying to show this kind of non-linear $y''''=y'y''/(1+x)$ in normal form. For example here if $y=e^{x}\rightarrow y^{(n)}=e^{x}\rightarrow x=-1$, where $y^{(n)}$ ...
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Find a continuous function $f$ that satisfies…

Find a continuous function $f$ that satisfies $$ f(x) = 1 + \frac{1}{x}\int_1^x f(t) \ dt $$ Note: I tried differentiating with respect to $x$ to get an ODE but you get one that contains integrals - ...
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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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Finding Weak Solutions to ODEs

I'm wondering if anyone has a reference to a good set of notes on finding weak (distributional) solutions to ODEs, or has any tips or tricks. For example, $$ xy^\prime=0 $$ has a classical solution ...
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How to prove $(x^2-1) \frac{d}{dx}(x \frac{dE(x)}{dx})=xE(x)$

$$E(x)=\int_0^{\frac{\pi}{2}} \sqrt{1-x^2 \sin^2 t}\, dt$$ Where $E(x)$ is complete elliptic integral of the second kind. $u=\sin t$ $$E(x)=\int_0^{1} \frac{\sqrt{1-x^2 u^2}}{\sqrt{1-u^2}}\, du$$ ...
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How do you solve this differential equation using variation of parameters?

$\color{green}{question}$: How do you solve this differential equation using variation of parameters? $$y"-\frac{2x}{x^2+1}y'+\frac{2}{x^2+1}y=6(x^2+1)$$ $\color{green}{I~tried}$ . . . ...
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Sturm-Liouville Questions

In thinking about Sturm-Liouville theory a bit I see I have no actual idea what is going on. The first issue I have is that my book began with the statement that given $$L[y] = a(x)y'' + b(x)y' + ...
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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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Formula for integration bounds of recursively defined polynomial sequence

We can recursively define a sequence of polynomials by $$P_0(x) := 1$$ and then with the definite integral $$P_n(x) := \int_{c_n}^x P_{n-1}(t) ~\mathrm dt$$ where the $c_n$ are to be chosen so ...
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How to solve $y''' - y = 2\sin(x)$

$$y''' - y = 2\sin(x)$$ I'm doing differential equations and know pretty much all methods of solving them, but I haven't come across anything of a higher order than second yet. How do I go about ...
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Bessel Equations Addition Formula

So, I'm considering yet another tricky proof involving Bessel Functions. Basically, I'm trying to figure out how the following is true: $$J_n(\alpha + \beta) = \sum_{m = -\infty}^\infty ...
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Exercise from Stein with partial differential operator

I have again something from Stein-Shakarchi I would really appreciate some help with. Any references are also welcome! Suppose $L$ is a linear partial differential operator with constant ...
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:How to find the general solution of $(y+ux)u_x+(x+yu)u_y=u^2-1$?

question : find the general solution of $(y+ux)u_x+(x+yu)u_y=u^2-1$ $\frac{dx}{dt}=y+ux,\frac{dy}{dt}=x+yu,\frac{du}{dt}=u^2-1$ I dont know how to start. is this quasilinear ? edit 1: tried ...
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Expressing an oscillator as a series of ODEs

Consider an oscillator satisfying the initial value problem $u''+w^2u=0$, where $u(0)=u_0$, $u'(0)=v_0$. Let $x_1 = u$, $x_2=u'$, and transform the equations given into the form $x' = Ax, x(0)$. Then ...
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Dimensions analysis in Differential equation

Differential equation of solitary wave oscillons is defined by, $$ \Delta S -S +S^3=0 $$ How can we write this equation as, \begin{equation} \langle(\vec{\nabla}S)^2\rangle+\langle S^2\rangle-\langle ...
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Help with Initial value problem : $y'= x^2+ xy^2, y(0) = 0$; Picard–Lindelöf Approximation.

i need solve this: $$y'=x^2+xy^2 , y(0)= y(t_0)= 0$$ a) Compute, starting from the constant function $u_0=0$ the successive approximations $u_1,u_2,u_3$ (in the sense of the theorem of ...
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Explain Dot product with Partial derivatives in Polar-coordinates

Related to page 819 prob 4 in this book. I am incorrectly calculating the left-hand-side (def. LHS), some newbie error with commutativity probably. Ideas? Errors? I propose ...
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solution of first order differential equation and maximal interval

Find the solution of $x' = x^2t$ with initial value $x(0) = x_{0}$. Determine the maximal interval where it exists, depending on $x_{0}$ Please help me find the maximal interval!
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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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How to show that the geodesics of a metric are the solutions to a second-order differential equation?

On $\mathbb R^n$, let $\rho: \mathbb R^n\to\mathbb R$ be a smooth function, and $g$ be the metric given by scaling the usual flat metric by $e^{2\rho}$. I want to know how to show that the geodesics ...
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Boundary conditions of an elastic bar

I was following some online lecture relating to an elastic bar with length $L$ that obey the differential equation $\displaystyle \frac{d^{2}u}{dx^{2}} = f(x)$, where $f(x)$ is its own weight or some ...
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Proof the first-order equation

$$ \begin{align} \tau\dot y + y &= KF(t) \tag{1}\\ y(t) &= C_0 + C_1 e^{-t/\tau} \tag{2} \end{align} $$ How these two equations can form $$y(t)=KA+(y_0-KA)e^{-t/\tau}?$$ Note ...
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Substitution $x=\sinh(\theta)$ and $y=\cosh(\theta)$ to $(1+x^{2})y'-2xy=(1+x^{2})^{2}$?

After this substitution I got to the point $$\cosh^6 (\theta)y'-\sinh(2\theta)-\cosh^4 (\theta)=0$$ and now let $$z=\cosh^2 (\theta)$$ so $$z^3 y'-z^2-\sinh(2\theta)=0$$ but then I ...
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Why is it legitimate to solve the differential equation $\frac{dy}{dx}=\frac{y}{x}$ by taking $\int \frac{1}{y}\ dy=\int \frac{1}{x}\ dx$?

Answers to this question Homogeneous differential equation $\frac{dy}{dx} = \frac{y}{x}$ solution? assert that to find a solution to the differential equation $$\dfrac{dy}{dx} = \dfrac{y}{x}$$ we may ...
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A calculus problem with functions such that $f''(x) = g(x)$ and $g''(x) = f(x)$

Let: $f(x)$ and $g(x)$ be twice differentiable, non-decreasing functions. $f''(x) = g(x)$ and $g''(x) = f(x)$. $f(x) \cdot g(x)$ is a linear function. Then we have to show that $f(x) = g(x) = ...
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How can I solve this Initial Value Problem using the Euler method?

My Problem is this given Initial Value Problem: $$y^{\prime}=\frac{3x-2y}{x}\quad y(1)=0$$ I am looking for a way to solve this problem using the Euler method. I have a given Interval of $[1,2]$ and a ...
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Nonlinear equation (oscillon) comparison

Lagrangian for a spherically-symmetric, real scalar field in d spatial dimensions, $$L=c_d \int r^{d-1}dr\left[ \frac{1}{2} \dot\phi^2 - \frac{1}{2} \left(\frac{\partial \phi}{\partial r} \right)^2 ...
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Are Exponential and Trigonometric Functions the Only Non-Trivial Solutions to $F'(x)=F(x+a)$?

Are exponential & trigonometric functions the only non-trivial solutions to $F'(x)=F(x+a)$? $F(x)=0$ would be the trivial solution. Then, for $a=0$ (or $a=2\pi i$), we have $F(x)=e^x$, and ...
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Solving ODE with substitution

I have this as homework: $$(xy^2+y)dx+(x^2y-x)dy=0$$ I tried to solve it by substituting $z=xy+1$, but got the answer like $y=Cxe^{xy}$, which, I guess, is wrong. I tried to solve it couple of ...
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Why does acceleration = $v\frac{dv}{dx}$

If we define $x$ = displacement, $v$ = velocity and $a$ = acceleration then I am used to the ideas that $a= \frac{dv}{dt} = \frac{d^2x}{dt^2}$ However I also understand $a=v \frac{dv}{dx}$. Can ...
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Laplace Trouble to find solution

Trying to figure out how to use Laplace Transform to find $y(t)$: The problem is $$y''+4y'+4y=f(t)$$ where $f(t) = \cos(\omega t)$ if $0 < t < \pi$ and $f(t)=0$ if $t > \pi$? Initial ...
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Finding a value a for topologically conjugacy between two flows

Let A be a hyperbolic matrix such that all solutions of $\overrightarrow x' = A \overrightarrow x $ tend to the origin at t goes to infinity, and suppose B = $\begin{bmatrix}a-3 & 5 \\ -2 & ...
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Eigenvectors Trajectories

I got stuck with a problem while studying for a control systems exam. It goes as following: "Look at the picture of trajectories of a linear, time-invariant system with the form: ...
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Choice of the First Term in Legendre Polynomials

The two solutions of the Legendre's Differential Equation obtained by series solution method are : and Now according to my textbook, for the useful polynomial for n equal to a positive integer, ...
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Solve the pde $u_t(x,t)=u_{xx}(x,t)-bu(x,t)+q(t)$ for $u(x,t)$

I have the example pde $u_t(x,t)=u_{xx}(x,t)-b(t)u(x,t)+q_0$, where $b(t)$ is a function of only $t$ and $q_0$ is a constant, $0<x<\pi$, $t>0$. The subscripts denote derivatives. I also have ...