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A second order differential equation

How does one solve the following differential equation $y^{"}+xy^{'}+(1-x^2)y=y\sin x$? I don't know how to proceed?
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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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Solution for $\frac{a}{x} = \int_0^1 \frac{f(z)}{\left(f(x)+f(z)\right)^2} dz$

I am looking for the function $f(x)$ that solves $\frac{a}{x} = \int_0^1 \frac{f(z)}{\left(f(x)+f(z)\right)^2} dz$ such that $f(0)=0$. Even hints how to approach to this question would be very ...
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How to solve $\frac{dy}{dx} = \frac{x^2-y^2}{x^2(y^2+1)}$

I tried to solve this using the solution of a first order differential equation but I don't think this can be reduced to that form. How to approach this problem and find $y$? Please help.
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Operators such that $\langle Ax,x \rangle=-\langle x,Ax \rangle$

Let $X$ be a Banach space. We consider the differential equation: $$x'(t)=Ax(t), \ \ \ t\in\mathbb{R}$$ where $A$ is a bounded operator on $X$. If $X$ is a Hilbert space, and $x(t)$ is a solution of ...
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Solving second order nonlinear ODE

Having the following second order ordinary differential equation: $$ \ddot{x} = a \cos(x) $$ where, $a$ is a constant. What's an approach to solve this kind of equation?
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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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Wronskian different from zero and solutions of ODE.

Let $a_0, \ldots , a_{n-1}$ continuous functions in an interval $I$.Consider the equation $$x^{(n)} = a_{n-1}(t)x^{(n-1)}+\cdots+a_0(t)x. \tag 1$$ Let $\phi_1, \phi_2, \ldots,\phi_n$ $n$ are ...
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Scalar Autonomous Differential Equation?

What precisely is a scalar autonomous differential equation? I'm confused about what this precisely means, more so because we did not discuss this in any lectures nor is it, as far as I can tell, ...
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Determining whether the origin is an attracting fixed point for a scalar system

I have been asked to determine and prove the attraction properties of a continuous-time dynamical system, generated by the ODE \begin{equation} \frac{dx}{dt} =-x \end{equation} which gives the system ...
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Quadratic system of ODEs

I have a quadratic ODE system that looks like this: $\dot{x}=Ax+diag(x)Nx$ where $x \in R^n$ and $A,N \in R^{n \times n}$ and $diag(x) \in R^{n \times n}$ is a diagonal matrix in which $x$ is its ...
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Rigorous separation of variables.

Let $I \subseteq \mathbb{R}$ denote an interval and $f$ and $g$ denote functions $$f : I \rightarrow \mathbb{R}, \;\;g : \mathbb{R} \rightarrow \mathbb{R}.$$ Now suppose we're interested in finding ...
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Can Fredholm integral equation of the first type be represented as a differential equation?

Can Fredholm integral equation of the first type be represented as a differential equation? In other words, given a Fredholm integral equation of the second type does there exist a differential ...
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Help me understand this differential equation solution

I found a differential equation in an old paper, where the solution is a bit hard to understand. Given this equation: $$\frac{1}{2} r^2 \left(\frac{d \phi}{dr}\right)^2 + c^2 \left(r ...
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Analog of Picard's theorem for Fractional Differential equations.

I need an analog of Picard's theorem of existence and uniqueness of solutions. The theorem is to be applied to linear fractional order differential equations with constants coefficients. I don't want ...
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Bifurcation in 3 dimensions (simple)

I am Doing a project i have a toy system that describes a bifurcation in 3 dimensions i am posting this in part because i can no longer understand what i have written down ( its been awhile) i have ...
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Heat Kernel Asymptotics on Manifold with Boundary

On a closed Riemannian manifold $M$, the heat kernel $k_t(x, y)$ of the Laplace-Beltrami operator (or more general of any generalized symmetric Laplace-type operator acting on sections of a vector ...
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The simplest delay differential equation

I am trying to understand a bit about solutions of delay differential equations, so I tried analyzing one of the most simple ones: $$u'(t)=-\beta u(t-1), \text{and for } t\in [-1,0), u(t)=\phi(t), ...
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Solving inhomogenous bessel equation

I have the following differential equation to be solved $\dfrac{d^2\psi}{dr^2}+\dfrac{d\psi}{rdr}+4\left(\omega^2-k_0^2-\dfrac{n^2}{r^2}\right)\psi=AJ_n^2(kr)+\dfrac{k}{r}J_n(kr)J_{n+1}(kr)-\omega ...
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Confused by a proof in Rudin *Functional Analysis*

I am reading Rudin's Functional Analysis and got quite confused by his proof of Thm 8.5, that is, the existence of fundamental solutions for differential operator $P(D)$, where $P$ is a polynomial. ...
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$u''+\frac{4}{x+1}u'+\frac{2}{\left(x+1\right)^{2}}u=0$ variational solution

This is a concept solution scheme derived from a particular example that I have not been able to generalise sufficiently. The objective is to find a particular solution to a certain second-order ...
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Is it possible to have Wronskian=0 with independent solutions to a linear differential equation?

In Wikipedia it says that if the Wronskian of two function is 0 everywhere it does not imply they are linearly dependent. However, in books treating differential equations it seems that, if the two ...
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A solution of $-y'' + q(x)y= \lambda y$

Could you help me with the following problem (from Poschel and Trubowitz)? I am looking for a solution of the differential equation $-y'' + q(x)y= \lambda y$, for $0 \leq x \leq 1$ with ...
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Steady-state of `degenerate' delayed differential equation

Consider the simple delayed differential equation: $X'(t) = -a X(t) + a X(t - d)$ where $d$ and $a$ are positive constants. I'm interested in the possible steady-state (stationary) solutions of ...
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How to analysis the stability of these ODE?

Study whether the null solution of the system: $$\begin{cases} \frac{dx_1}{dt}=x_2(t)\\ \frac{dx_2}{dt}=-w(t)^2 x_1(t)\\ \end{cases} $$ is Lyapunov stable, where $$ w(t)= \begin{cases} 0.4 ...
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Efficiently solving a large, sparse linear system $M(s)ab(s)=c(s)$ (determined by smooth functions) over some range of $s$

I'm looking at a differential equation on the edges of a graph (the application is neuroscience), and the Laplace transform of the solution on most of the edges has a general solution more-or-less of ...
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Finding the modified Green function for the Helmholtz equation

I've been wrestling with this question for quite some time now, and the result was like 20 leaves of paper packed with scribbling...anyway, here's the question: I need to find the solution to the ...
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Prove that the solution of an ODE can be prolonged to $\infty$

I need an help understanding some general techniques in ordinary differential equations. I've never attended a course on ODE, so I'm quite confused on the argument, but I'm trying to improve my ...
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Laplace's equation in Polar coordinate, an example?

Consider Laplace's equation in Polar coordinate $ \frac {1}{r} \frac {\partial} {\partial r} (r \frac {\partial u} {\partial r}) + \frac {1} {r^2} \frac {\partial^2 u} {\partial \theta^2}$ with ...
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Is there an analytic solution for this Fokker-Planck equation?

The Fokker-Planck equation for a probability distribution $P(\theta,t)$: \begin{align} \frac{\partial P(\theta,t)}{\partial ...
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If $y'=\dfrac{1}{x+1}$ and $y(0)=0$, find the value of $y(-2) $

If $y'=\dfrac{1}{x+1}$ and $y(0)=0$, find the value of $y(-2) = ?$ By integrating I am getting $$y = \ln (x+1)+C$$ I am stuck somewhat as it looks tricky from here. Any help ? Thanks!
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Solving a differential equation with a square root

I am trying to solve the differential equation $ A(x)\frac{d^{2}f(x)}{dx^{2}}+B(x)\frac{df(x)}{dx}=\frac{1}{3}\frac{1}{\sqrt{f(x)}}, $ where $ A(x)=\frac{x}{x+1} $ and $ B(x)=\frac{2x+1}{(x+1)^{2}} ...
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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 ...
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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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Wave equation for a string nonuniform (PDE)

I have tried to solve this exercise from Applied Partial Differential Equations-Richard Haberman , but I have been impossible these paragraphs. The displacement $u$ of a nonuniform string ...
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Fredholm Integral Equations

I'm having problems obtaining the solution of the homogeneous Fredholm Integral Equation of the 2nd kind, with separable kernel. I always get a zero if I use the normal method I was taught for the non ...
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Applied differential equation regarding water clocks

We have a water clock, the shape defined by $r=f(h)$, and the time marks on this water clock are equally spaced. We have to find f(h), and graph $h$ as a function of $r$, assuming the hole through ...
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Writing ODE system with a complex variable

I'm looking at the system of ODEs: $$\begin{cases}\dot{x} = -y + kx + xy^2\\ \dot{y} = x + ky - x^2\end{cases}$$ I'm trying to introduce a complex variable $z = x+iy$ to write this as a single first ...
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Solution for an ODE given only at discrete points

The problem I have: For each $n \in \mathbb N$ I have $$\begin{align} x_0^n & \in \mathbb R \\ h_n & \in \mathbb R \\ x_k^n & = x_0^n + k \cdot h_n \text{ for } k \in \{0,1,\ldots n\} \\ ...
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Voltera equation

Consider the Voltera integral equation: $$ψ(x)=e^{-x}\cos(x)-\int_{0}^{x}e^{-(x-t)}\cos(x)ψ(t)dt$$ How can I solve this equation by converting it to a differential equation? The solution is ...
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A question about solving the nonlinear differential equation $\dot{x} = x(1-x)$

I am aware of the standard solution that makes use of partial fractions. However, I made the following manipulations, in order to be more rigorous with splitting up the differentials before ...
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when does a partial differential equation have unique solution?

The differential equation $ xu_x + yu_y = 2u$ satisfying the initial conditions $y = xg(x), u=f(x)$ with $f(x) = 2x, g(x) = 1$, has no solution $f(x) = 2x^2, g(x) =1$, has infinite number of ...
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Solution of inhomogenous ODE (4th order)

Hello stackexchangers, I have an inhomogenous ODE in 4th order. This ODE is the constitutive law to describe a material by using the "Wiechert model" (p. 15) which is given by $p_0\sigma + ...
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Kinematics of gravity in a non uniform field

I am a first year physics student. I am trying to figure out how to compute position in terms of time for an object falling through non uniform gravity towards the earth, and by extension towards any ...
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Confusion about superposition principle of the PDE and Boundary Condition of an ODE.

I want to solve a PDE like this: $\frac{\partial y}{\partial t}=a\frac{\partial ^2y}{\partial x^2}-b\frac{\partial y}{\partial x}-c y,(a,b,c\in \mathbb{R})\tag{1}$ with the boundary conditions: $ ...
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the exact graph of the general solution for $x'=\begin{bmatrix} 1 & 1\\ 4& 1 \end{bmatrix}x$

i need someone to give me exact graph of the general solution for $$x'=\begin{bmatrix} 1 & 1\\ 4& 1 \end{bmatrix}x$$ i solved it manually , the general solution is like this ...
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Existence of Periodic Solution

I'm working with the system of equations below that represents a Pendulum with constant forcing. \begin{align*} \theta'&=v\\ v'&=-bv-\sin(\theta)+k \end{align*} Where $\theta$ gives the ...
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How to adapt the discrete-time to continuous, $(A) \Rightarrow (B)$?

in class was proved oseledets theorem for discrete time, following guidelines Ricardo Mañe book. Theorem discrete Oseledets (A) : Let $ M ^ n $ be a Riemannian manifold, $ f: M \rightarrow M $ be ...
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How can one derive Stokes lines of the Stokes phenomenon of asymptotics from a differential equation?

Is there a standard technique to calculate Stokes lines and anti-Stokes lines of the Stokes phenomenon of asymptotics for a function defined as the general solution to a differential equation without ...
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What allows us to break up $dy/dx$ in solving a separable differential equation?

Suppose you had a separable first order differential equation that can be written as $$ \frac{dy}{dx}=f(x,y)=g(x)h(y) $$ Rigourously, what allows us to rearrange this as $$ \frac{1}{h(y)}dy=g(x)dx? ...