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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 t}=-\frac{\partial}{\partial\theta}\Big[[\sin(k\theta)+f]P(\theta,t)-D\frac{\...
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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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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 well-...
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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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How to solve this complicated ordinary differential equation?

Consider the following non-linear ODE: $$x^2 \frac{dy}{dx} + \exp{\left(x \, \frac{d^2 y}{dx^2} \right)} = \sin \left(\frac{d^3y}{dx^3} \, \cos \left( \frac{d^4y}{dx^4} \right) \right) $$ I have no ...
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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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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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$y=0$ 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 $$\int_{...
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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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WKB and asymptotic behavior of second order differential equation

I want to study the large $x$ solution to a Riccati equation. After listening to the lectures on Mathematical Physics by Carl Bender, I have fallen in love with asymptotic analysis. But, by no means ...
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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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Fabius function and equivalent

The Fabius function $F$ can be defined on $[0,1]$ by $F(0)=0$ $F(1)=1$ on $[0,\frac{1}{2}]$ $F'(x)=2.F(2x)$ on $[\frac{1}{2},1]$ $F'(x)=2.F(2(1-x))$ It's a known example of a not analytic $C^\...
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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} D_{\alpha}\{q(x,t),p(x,\...
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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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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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Differential Equations of Infinite Order

As a physicist I was playing with some QM problem and stumbled upon an ordinary differential equation of infinite order (coefficients are polynomials) that could be cast in the form: $\sum_{n=0}^{\...
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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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Closed form solution to an ordinary differential equaiton

How to solve the following ordinary differential equation? $$y'(x)= \frac{C_1}{y(x)} +C_2 C_3 \cos\left(C_3 x\right) +C_4$$ where $C_1, C_2, C_3, C_4\in \mathbb{R}$ are all constants. It looks ...
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Backgrounds of the p-Laplacian Operator

Motivation I encountered the following partial differential equation (PDE) in a mathematical paper $$\begin{array}{} u_{tt}+\Delta^2u-\nabla\cdot\left(|\nabla u|^{p-2}\nabla u\right)-\Delta u_{t}+\...
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Classification of non-hyperbolic equilibrium and its global manifolds

Given $$ \begin{cases} \dot{x} = x^2\\ \dot{y} = -y\\ \dot{z} = z \end{cases} $$ Classify the type of equilibrium for the point $(0,0,0)$ when $u=0$ as well as its stability. Also, describe the ...
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How does one in general analyze the convergence of the following series?

The following question is inspired in the following videos: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL43B1963F261E6E47 Say one has a general second order linear differential equation $y''+Qy=0$ for ...
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Why do these Integration-by-Parts Evaluation Terms Vanish?

The Associated Legendre operator is $$ L_mf = -\frac{d}{dx}\left((1-x^{2})\frac{df}{dx}\right)+\frac{m^{2}}{1-x^{2}}f, $$ where $m$ is a positive integer. For the purposes here, define ...
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No local optima in quantum control?

Given a manifold $M$ and a set of smooth functions of one real variable $\mathcal{A}$ and a 'control system' type first order differential equation: $\frac{d x(t)}{dt} = F(x,u)$ one can consider the ...
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Linear algebra machinery for differentiation of families of functions.

So I know that since differentiation is linear, for many types of functions we can represent it using linear algebra. Famous examples include polynomials, if we represent them with their coefficients ...
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Two Matlab ODE solvers, two different results

I am solving a system of ODEs using Matlab. One particular set of parameters caused the solver to fail, so I worked my way through the different solvers Matlab provides. I was surprised to find that ...
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Boundedness of the solution of class of ODEs

Let's have linear $$ \tag 1 y''(t) + b(t)y(t) = 0, \quad t \in (t_{0}, \infty ) $$ Here $|b(t)|$ is monotonically decreased function of time, and $\lim_{t\to \infty }b(t) = \frac{a}{t} \to 0$. How ...
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Assumption in PDE theory

I have an exercise in PDE theory. Let $w \in C^2(U)\cap C(\overline{U})$ where $U$ is open, bounded and connected and $c \in C(\overline{U},\mathbb{R})$ with $c(x) \le 0$ everywhere. Moreover, $u\...
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Constructing a metric for the tautological line bundle of $\mathbb C P^2$

I'm doing some independent reading in differential geometry, and the following is my attempt to work out the details of the construction of the tautological bundle on $\mathbb CP^2$ and the induced ...
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Effect of adding a constant to the torsion of a 3D curve

Let $\gamma$ be an arc-length parametrized curve in $\mathbb{R}^3$. Let say I add a constant to the torsion of $\gamma$ and let $\widetilde{\gamma}$ be the curve associated to the curvature of $\gamma$...
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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 C^{\infty}...
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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 $$ x(t)=...
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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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How can one prove the existence and uniqueness of solutions to linear differential equations?

It is a theorem (I think) that the equation: $$\mathbf{x}'(t) = A(t)\mathbf{x}(t) + \mathbf{b}(t); \qquad \qquad \mathbf{x}(t_0) = \mathbf{x}_0$$ Has a unique global solution for any matrix $A(t)...
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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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To show a given function is not the viscosity solution.

For the equation $ F(x,u,u',u'') = -au''-1 =0$ for $ x\in (0,2)$ with $ u(0) = 0 = u(2) $ and $a(x)$ is $1$ for $x\in (0,1)$ and $2$ for $x\in [1,2)$. Need to show that the function $$ u(x) = \begin{...
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Green's function in a moving frame for a constant heat source

I am looking for the Green's function of the problem in two dimensions $r =(x,z)$, \begin{equation} \nabla^2g + \frac{v}{D}\frac{\partial g}{\partial z} = -\delta (r-r_0) \end{equation} Which ...
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Solution techniques for f'(x)=f(g(x))

I stumbled over this seemingly natural question and was surprised, that I couldn't find a satisfying answer. Differential equations of the type $f'(x)=g(f(x))$ are studied for all kind of classes of ...
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How to show that a leaf is topologically a cone.

I am trying to understand the topological behaviour of foliations around irreducible singularities, specially in the case of singularities in the Poincaré domain. I am using the third chapter of this ...
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Coefficients of spherical solution to Laplace's equation with difficult Robin boundary conditions

I'm trying to solve Laplace's equation in an (axisymmetric) external spherical domain. The controlling equation is: $$\nabla^2 f = 0$$ $f$ must dissappear at infinity, and at the surface of the ...
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Quasilinear second order ODE

Consider a smooth $u\colon\mathbb{R}\rightarrow\mathbb{R}$ satisfying $$ u^{\prime\prime}+a\left(u^{\prime}\right)^{2}+bu=0\text{ on }\mathbb{R} $$ with $$ u^{\prime}\left(x\right),u^{\prime\prime}\...
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Arnold ODE Problem

Problem 1 of Section 1.2.4 of Arnold's ODE book asks, "Can the integral curves of a smooth (continuously differentiable) equation $\frac{dx}{dt} = v(x)$ approach each other faster than exponentially ...
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Solving $y^{(n)}(t)=f(t); t>0$ with initial conditions

I will use the notation $\frac{d^n y}{dt^n} \equiv y^{(n)}$. How do I solve this ODE? $$y^{(n)}(t)=f(t); t>0;\\ y(0)=y_0, y'(0)=y_1, ..., y^{(n-1)}(0)=y_{n-1}$$ What I did: The ODE is in the ...
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Question about solutions of $x''+(1+r(t))x=0$ when $\int_1^\infty |r(t)| dx <\infty$ .

Let $x''+(1+r(t))x=0$ where $r(t)$ is continous and $\int_1^\infty |r(t)| dx <\infty$ show that the equation has solutions $\phi_1$ and $\phi_2$ such that $$\lim_{t\to\infty} [(\phi_1(t)-e^{it})=0$...
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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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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 $$ \frac{1}{h(y)}dy=g(x)dx? $$...