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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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How to solve a system of two differential equations describing the concentration in a leaky tank?

While filling up a chemicals container at a constant rate of 300 litres/min, the crew of a naval ship discover two leakages at the bottom of the container. They discover that the chemical is leaking ...
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Differential equation $\sin \theta \frac{dr}{d \theta}+r\cos \theta =\tan \theta,0<\theta<\pi/2$ [closed]

This problem has been stumping me for over an hour how can I set it up, I think I have done it wrong over and over. Solving for $r$.
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Questions concerning the differential operator

Consider the differential equation:- $a \phi + (bD^3 - cD)w =0$, where $a, b$ and $c$ are constants, $D$ denotes the differential operator $\dfrac{d}{dx}$, and $w$ is a function of $x$. I'm ...
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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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van der pol equation

Consider the van der Pol equation below: $(x'')+a(x^2-1)(x')+(x)=0$ I need to : Find an equilibrium point and linearize this equation near it Find solutions of the linearized equation depending on ...
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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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Why does the absolute value disappear when taking $e^{\ln|x|}$

I have noticed that if you have an equation (after integrating) such as $$\ln|y| = \ln|x| + c,$$ and you further simplify it using the law of exponents, you get $$e^{\ln|y|} = e^{\ln|x|+с},$$ which is ...
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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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Two-Point boundary value problem

To solve ${d^2y \over dx^2} =f(x)$, $0<x<1$ with $y(0)=\alpha, y(1) = \beta$. We can get a finite difference approximation by taking $$\frac{y_{j+1}-2y_j+y_{j-1}}{h^2} =f_j \\\Rightarrow ...
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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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Is the continuity of a vector field enough for the existence of the solution of a differential equation?

I've recently seen the existence-uniqueness theorem for ordinary differential equations from Arnold's book. I understand that the theorem as stated guarantees both existence and uniqueness if the ...
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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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second order DE using reduction of order

Any Hints / details on how to find a second solution for $$x^2y'' + xy' -4y=0?$$ $$y_1 = x^2 y_2$$ I need to use reduction of order thanks
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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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Differential operators confussion

I want to solve this PDE: $$u_t-6uu_x+u_{xxx} = 0\,(1)$$ with the Inverse Scattering Method. This method is based on showing that the above equation can be expressed as $$L_t=LB-BL,\,(2)$$ where $L$ ...
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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 ...
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Legendre Equation Properties

Is there a nice way to derive, starting from the Legendre differential equation, the generating function, the recurrence relation, the Rodrigues differential form & the Schlafli integral form ...
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Hard Differential Equation. Please help.

first of all I'm not a mathematician, so I apologize if any of my understanding and terminology isn't up to par. Also, I've never used this website (or any of these kind of question/answer) websites ...
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Calculate half life of esters

I'm trying to calculate the level of testosterone released from different testosterone esters. Here are some graphs of testosterone levels after single injections of 250mg of each ester. Testo U ...
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Express differential equations as system of first order equations

Express the differential equation $$y'''-6y''-y'+6y=0$$ as a system of first order equations i.e. a matrix equation of the form $$A(\vec x)'=0$$ where $$\vec x\text{ is the vector }\left[ ...
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Considering the linear system $Y'=AY$

What would be an equation that I can use when I compute the eigenpairs for the coefficient matrix $A.$
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Differential Equation - $y'=5|y|^{4/5}, y(0)=0$

in the spirit of this question I ask about this one. $y'=5|y|^{4/5}, y(0)=0$ If $y> 0$ then $$y'=5|y|^{4/5}\iff y'=5^{-1}y^{4/5}\iff 5^{-1}y'y^{-4/5}=1\iff y^{1/5}=x+C\\ \iff ...
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Differential Equation - $y'=|y|+1, y(0)=0$

The equation is $y'=|y|+1, y(0)=0$. Suppose $y$ is a solution on an interval $I$. Let $x\in I$. If $y(x)\ge 0$ then $$y'(x)=|y(x)|+1\iff y'(x)=y(x)+1\iff \frac{y'(x)}{y(x)+1}=1\\ \iff \ln ...
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butcher tableau runge kutta methods

Hi I have had a go at this question- am i heading in the right direction? it would be much appreciated if someone could me Write the Butcher Tableau for the 1-stage $\theta$ method: $$U^n ...
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Simple Harmonic Oscillator Solution

In Physics, the Simple Harmonic Oscillator is represented by the equation $d^2x/dt^2=-\omega^2x$ . By using the characteristic polynomial, you get solutions of the form $x(t)=Ae^{i\omega t} + ...
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Differentiation - simple case

In the book calculus made easy, page 22 the case of the negative power for $y=x^{-2}$ $$\begin{align} y+dy & =(x+dx)^{-2}\tag{1}\\ \\ & = x^{-2}\left(1+\frac{dx}{x}\right)^{-2}\tag{2} ...
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Explicit solution of the nonlinear Schrödinger equation

Consider the linear Schrödinger equation, $$ (LS) \begin{cases} \partial_{t}u= i\Delta u, t\in \mathbb R,\\ u(x,0)=u_{0}(x), \end{cases} $$ $x\in \mathbb R^{n}.$ Taking the Fourier transform with ...
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How can I solve these pde's?

Three different problem I got: 1.. $xu_x+2x^2u_y-u=x^2e^x$ and $u(x,x^2+x)=xe^x+x^2$ 2.. $yu_{xx}+(x+y)u_{xy}+xu_{yy}=0, \quad x\neq y$ 3.. $(y+xu)u_x+(x+yu)u_y=u^2-1$ Couldnt even start. Could ...
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Deducing the exact solution of a ODE

In page 53 of Arieh Iserles's A first course in the numerical analysis of differential equations, he presents the following ODE: $(\vec{y})'=\Gamma\cdot\vec{y}$, $\vec{y}(0)=\vec{y_0}$ Using the ...
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Consider the following ordinary differential equation

Consider the following ordinary differential equation $\frac{dy}{dx} = xy^2$ given $y(0)=1$ (i) Find the analytical solution to this problem. (ii) Given that $y(1.4) = 50$, use the modified ...
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Differential equation with random variable

How can I derive analytically or compute numerically the solution to following differential equation $$ dy/dt = y\cdot X\cdot (y\cdot X - g(y,X))\cdot X $$ where X is a random variable (e.g. from a ...
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I.V.P $y'=\sin(e^{y}), y(0)=a$

Is the I.V.P: $$\begin{cases} \dfrac{dy}{dx}=\sin(e^{y})\\[8pt] y(0)=a \end{cases} \text{ where } a\in \mathbb{R}$$ a) Find the values ​​of $a$ for which $y(x, a)=0$ b) Prove that if $a=0$ then ...
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First order non linear Ordinary differential equations

Consider the first order differential equation $\displaystyle\frac{dy}{dt} = f(t,y)= -16t^{3}y^{2}$, with the inital condition $y(0)=1$ Estimate the lipschitz derivative for the differential ...
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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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Laplace question - help needed

I am currently studying the Laplace transformation and came across this question: I have no idea of how to start this and am completely lost. If anyone could help I would be really grateful. ...
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how did he conclude that?integral

So the question is : Find all continuous functions such that $\displaystyle \int_{0}^{x} f(t) \, dt= ((f(x)^2)+C$. Now in the solution, it starts with this, clearly $f^2$ is differentiable at every ...
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Multistep ODE Solvers

Write both a fourth order Adams Bashforth and Adams Moulton procedure to solve $$x'(t) = x(t)-y(t)-\exp(t);$$ $$y'(t) = x(t)+y(t)+2\exp(t)$$ with initial values $x(0) = -1, y(0) =- 1$ on the ...
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Solutions and attraction regions of following odes?

Assume a mapping $X: \mathbb{R} \to \mathbb{R}^d$. We know that the solution to ode $$ d X_t = (\mu - X_t) dt $$ is $X_t = (X_0-\mu) e^{- t} + \mu$, which indicates that $X_t$ converges to $\mu$ as ...
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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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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 ...