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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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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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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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Proving Nonhomogeneous ODE is Bounded

I am trying to prove the following: Let $x(t)$ be a solution of the IVP $$ \dot x=A(t)x+h(t), $$ where $A(t), h(t)$ continuous on $1\le t<\infty$. Further assume that $$ \int_1^\infty \| ...
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The Green’s function of the boundary value problem

What is the Green’s function of the boundary value problem $$ \frac{\mathrm d^2 y}{\mathrm d x^2}-\frac{1}{x}\frac{\mathrm dy}{\mathrm dx}=1,\quad y(0)=y(1)=0, $$ this boundary problem is not self ...
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Formal proof of Lyapunov stability

I was trying to solve the question of AeT. on the (local) Lyapunov stability of the origin (non-hyperbolic equilibrium) for the dynamical system $$\dot{x}=-4y+x^2\\\dot{y}=4x+y^2$$ The streamplot ...
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Comparison theorem for ODE

Here is something I'm trying to prove: Conjecture: Suppose $f'(x) \leq \phi(f(x), x)$ and $f(a)=\alpha$. Suppose $g'(x)=\phi(g(x),x)$ and $g(a)\geq \alpha$. Then $f(x)\leq g(x)\,\,\forall x$. ...
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Solution of differential equation related to Normal density

Let $\phi:\mathbb{R}\mapsto\mathbb{R}$ be the standard normal density, $$\phi(x)=\frac1{\sqrt{2\pi}}e^{-\frac{x^2}{2}}, \forall x\in\mathbb{R}.$$ Given $0<\sigma\le 1$. I wish to know whether there ...
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solution of $y' = \exp \left(-\frac yx\right) + \frac yx$

Could you help me to solve equation $$y' = \exp \left(-\frac yx\right) + \frac yx;\quad y(e) = 0$$ I know how to solve 1st order linear de like $y' = \exp \bigl(-\frac 1x\bigr) + \frac yx$ but here ...
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Fourier Series for $|\cos(x)|$

I'm having trouble figuring out the Fourier series of $|\cos(x)|$ from $-\pi$ to $\pi$. I understand its an even function, so all the $b_n$s are $0$ $$a_0 = \frac 2 \pi \int_0^\pi |\cos(x)|\,dx = ...
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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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Solving an initial value ODE problem using fourier transform

I am a physics undergrad and studying some transform methods. The question is as follows: $y^{\prime \prime} - 2 y^{\prime}+y=\cos{x}\,\,\,\,y(0)=y^{\prime}(0)=0\,\,\, x>0$ I am having some ...
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General solution of a system of linear differential equations with multiple generalized eigenvectors

I am looking for general solutions for the linear sODE's $$\textbf{x}'(t) = A\textbf{x}(t)$$ with $t \geq 0$ and $A \in \mathbb{R}^{n \times n}$ Let focus on just real eigenvalues and eigenvectors. ...
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Lipschitz continuity and differential equations

Does anyone have any ideas for this one? could use some help.
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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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Trapping region for Nonlinear ODE system?

I need to find a trapping region for $u'=-u+vu^2$ $ v'=b-vu^2$ with $b>0$. I don't know what theory to use or in wich book I can find some examples to find optimal trapping regions. Thank you ...
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Prove Friedrichs' inequality

I'm trying to show that the theorem (Friedrichs' inequality) in my book: Assume that $\Omega$ be a bounded domain of Euclidean space $\Bbb R^n$. Suppose that $u: \Omega \to \Bbb R$ lies in the ...
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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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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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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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What does a standalone $dx$ mean?

Some literature uses $dx$, in the context of differential equations, in a confusing way without defining what it really stands for: $Mdx + Ndy = 0$ Does it mean one of the following or something ...
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Solution of $ f \circ f=f'$

Let $f:\mathbb R \to \mathbb R $ be a function such that $f \circ f=f'$ and $f(0)=0$ , I proved that $f$ is the null function. Can we prove that the same result holds if we change $f \circ f=f'$ by ...
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Solution of $\frac{d^2y}{dx^2} - \frac{H(x) y}{b} = H(-x)$

Does the equation $$\frac{d^2y}{dx^2} - \frac{H(x)}{b} y = c H(x)$$ have a solution where $H(x)$ is the Heaviside step function and $b$ and $c$ are constant? Update: What about the second step ...
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Series solution to $y''-xy'-y=0$

So I'm learning to solve ODE's with series on my own using Boyce and DiPrima and exercise #3 is irking me...just looking for power series solutions around the ordinary point... $$y''-xy'-y=0$$ So I ...
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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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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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How can I find a solution of second order ODE with variable coefficients?

I want to find a solution of $$ \left(\frac{d^2}{dx^2} + (1+x^2)^{-1/2} \frac{d}{dx} + c \right)f(x) = 0 $$ where $x \in \mathbb R$ and $c$ is a real constant.
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Analytic solution of: ${u}''+\frac{1}{x}{u}'=-\delta e^{u}$

I am trying to find the analytic solution of $${u}''+\frac{1}{x}{u}'=-\delta e^{u}$$ given the homogeneous mixed boundary conditions $${u'(0)}=0$$ $$u(1)=0$$ How would one attack such a problem? I ...
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Exponential of matrices and bounded operators

Let $A$ be a complex $n \times n$ matrix, such that the function $t\mapsto e^{tA}x$ is bounded on $\mathbb{R}$ and nonzero, for some vector $x\in \mathbb{C}$. How can we prove that $\inf_{t\in ...
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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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Free-fall according to Newton's gravitation law

Most analysis of free-fall assume that bodies fall with constant acceleration. If however one analyses free-fall according to Newton's gravitation law, one is lead to a differential equation which I ...
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dropping a particle into a vector field

I'm independently studying Colley's Vector Calculus and am on the section on line integrals. I understand that the line integral gives the amount of work done on a vector field for a predetermined ...
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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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Stability of autonomous linear systems of ODEs

Let $A$ be an $n\times n$ real matrix, and let's consider the linear system of ODEs $x'=Ax$. I'm trying to characterize the Lyapunov stability of the origin according to the real part of the ...
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$(\partial_{tt}+\partial_t-\nabla^2)f(r,t)=0$

Hi I am trying to find the kernel of the linear differential operator $D$ $$ D\equiv\partial_{tt}+b\partial_t-a\nabla^2,\quad a,b>0. $$ We have $$ \nabla^2\equiv ...
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solution of a ODE with a funtion of $\dot{x}$

I have the equation: $$m\ddot{x}(t)+kx(t)=A$$ with m, k as constants and $$A = \left\{ \begin{array}{lr} a & : \dot{x}(t) <0\\ -a & : \dot{x}(t) >0 \end{array} ...
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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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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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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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Solve the given differential equation by using Green's function method

I am really struggling with the concept and handling of the green's function. I have to solve the given differential equation using Green's function method $\frac{d^{2}y}{dx^{2}}+k^{2}y=\delta ...
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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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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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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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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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Solution of $y''+xy=0$

The differential equation $y''+xy=0$ is given. Find the solution of the differential equation, using the power series method. That's what I have tried: We are looking for a solution of the form ...
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Nonlinear 1st order ODE involving a rational function

$$y'=\frac{-6x+y-3}{2x-y-1}$$ Is there a foolproof method for tackling equations of the form $y'=\dfrac{ax+by+c}{dx+ey+f}$ ? I've tried a few substitutions (like $y=vx$ and $v=2x-y-1$, neither of ...
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How can I show that $y'=\sqrt{|y|}$ has infinitely many solutions?

Show that the first order differential equation $y'(x)=\sqrt{|y(x)|}$ with intial value $y(1/2)= 1/16$ has infinitely many solutions on the interval [−1, 1]. My thought were to show that this ...