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Separable ODE and singular solutions

In most introductory ODE textbooks we can find the following definition: A separable first-order ODE is the one of the form $$y'=g(x)h(y)$$ and if $h(y)\neq0$, then the general solution is found by ...
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What is a bifurcation point?

Given a density dependent difference equation, $N_{n+1}=N_{n}e^{r[1-(N_{n}/K)]}=f(N_{n})$, with $r > 0$ and $K > 0$. I've found that the equilibria are at $N^*=K$ or $0$. Discussing their linear ...
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Discrete logistic model

Given a difference equation such as N_{n+1}=N_{n}exp^{r[1-(N_{n}/K]=f(N_{n}). What does it mean when they say density-dependent difference equation?
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Given that e^t is a solution of the differential equation: (t-1)y''-ty'+y=0 find a fundamental set of solutions.

I'm not sure how to proceed. I tried variation of parameters, but I end up with this funky answer: v=c \int e^((t^2)/2+2t)
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Linear Differential Equation (Initial condition problem).

$$y'+ y= \frac{7\sin(t) }{ \sqrt{t + 1}}$$ Find the solution to this differential equation that satisfies the initial condition $y(0) = 1$. Your answer should be expressed in terms of a definite ...
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y''+y=cos(t) what is the smallest possible value of t for which |y(t)|>10?

Not sure if this is correct, but I was able to find a general solution of the form: y= c1cos(t)+c2sin(t)+(1/2)tsin(t) I'm not sure how I would go about finding the smallest possible value to make the ...
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Is this differential equation separable?

$$x\frac{dy}{dx}-y^2 = \frac{dy}{dx}+5$$ I have found that this equation is differentiable as shown in the following. $$x\frac{dy}{dx}-\frac{dy}{dx} = y^2+5$$ $$dy(\frac{x}{dx}-\frac{1}{dx}) = ...
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Sketching phase portrait

$\dot{x}=-2x-2y$ $\dot{y}=-x-3y$ Equilibrium point is $(0,0)$. Eigenvalues are $\lambda_+=-1$ and $\lambda_-=-4$ which have corresponding eigenvectors $2\choose -1$ and $1 \choose 1$ respectively. ...
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How do we deduce the condition for the solution?

Suppose that we have the differential equation $$u_t(x,t)=k^2u_{xx}(x,t), x \in (0,l), t>0$$ $$u(x,t): \text{ heat of rod at the position } x \ (0 \leq x \leq l )$$ If we have Dirichlet ...
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How to guess a change of variable for an ODE?

My question is related about how to guess what change of variable to make in an ODE? For example, we have $$\varepsilon^2y(x)''=axy(x)$$ where $\varepsilon\ll1$, $a$ is constant and $x$ is the ...
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Solving System of Boundary Value problem

The boundary value problem: $$y'' + Q(t)y = f(t)$$ satisfying $$Ay(a) +By(b) = g$$ where A, B and Q are the matrices of order n. After calculation, we can get the form of solution will be $$y(x) = ...
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Solving IVP using Laplace Transform

Let $$g(t) =\begin{cases} t & \text{if $t \leq6π$} \\ 6\pi & \text{if $t>6\pi$} \end{cases} $$ Solve $y''+ 16y = g(t)$ where $y(0) = 9$ and $y'(0) = 4$ using Laplace transforms. I got ...
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Partial Differential Equations Black Scholes Problem

Part 1) Consider the Black-Scholes problem $$\frac{\partial A}{\partial t}+\frac{\sigma^2B^2}{2}\frac{\partial^2A}{\partial B^2}+rB\frac{\partial A}{\partial B}-rA=0 ...
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Solving $y=\prod_{n=1}^{\infty}\frac{d^ny}{dx^n}$

There is the trivial $y=0$, but beyond that, could there be further solutions for $y$ in terms of $x$ such that $$y=\prod_{n=1}^{\infty}\frac{d^ny}{dx^n}\mbox{ pointwise}$$ ? I posed this problem ...
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Inverse laplace transform of $1/(s^2 +1)^{1/2}$

I tried this problem using the basic properties but I am unable to get further than reducing this one to $(s^2+1)^{1/2}$.
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Lipschitz condition in non-autonomous case

I need to show the RHS of $\frac{dy}{dt}=-y^2+y+2yt^2+2t-t^2-t^4=f(t,y)$ is locally lipschitz. Am I able to use continuously differentiable implies locally lipschitz here with non-autonomous $f$? ...
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Series solution of a differential equation with a function as a coefficient?

I'm trying to solve a differential equation using series: the equation is $$y''+(\sin(x))y=0$$ I know you have to use the power series form of $\sin(x)$ and multiply it with the power series form of ...
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Black-Scholes Problem

Consider the Black-Scholes problem $$\frac{\partial A}{\partial t}+\frac{\sigma^2B^2}{2}\frac{\partial^2A}{\partial B^2}+rB\frac{\partial A}{\partial B}-rA=0 \hspace{3mm}\textrm{and}\hspace{3mm} ...
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Meaning of maximal interval of existence [on hold]

Does this mean the entire domain for which the solution of the IVP is continuous on before it blows up?
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Fundamental solution of a matrix

I want to find the fundamental solution of $x''+\dfrac{x'}{t}-\dfrac{4x}{t^2}=0$. I have converted to its equivalent linear homogeneous system including variable $y(t)$: $$\begin{bmatrix} x'(t)\\ ...
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Solve the differential equation by variation of parameters. $y'' + y = \sin x$ [on hold]

Solve the differential equation by variation of parameters. $y'' + y = \sin x$ What I have so far: $r^2+1=0$ $r^2=\sqrt{1}$ $y(p)= C_1e^{-x}+C_2e^x$ than i'm not sure what to do.
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Separation of variables and basis of solutions?

If a PDE can be solved by separation of variables. Then the superposition of the solutions found via this method can form all other solutions to the PDE. Is this statement correct? If it is ...
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Question on Fredholm alternative in an ODE

I am playing with this example and try to understand how to use Fredholm alternative theorem to determine what values of $\beta$ that yield existence of a solution to this problem. And if solutions ...
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Riccati Equation for falling particle.

I'am trying to solve the differential equation for a falling particle of mass 1 with air resistance proportional to $v^2$ (v is velocity): $$v'=g-v^2$$ This is a Riccati-Equation with stationary ...
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Solutions cannot cross

I understand for for the initial value problem: $\frac{dx}{dt}=f(x) \quad$ $x_0=x(0)$ If I have two solutions $x_1(t),x_2(t)$ defined on the same interval with the same initial condition satisfying ...
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Lipschitz condition not satisfied

To show there is no contradiction to existence and uniqueness $\displaystyle\frac{|f(x,u)-f(x,v)|}{|u-v|}= \displaystyle\frac{|x||u^{1/2}-v^{1/2}|}{|u-v|}=\frac{|x|}{u^{1/2}+v^{1/2}}$ I understand ...
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Eliminating $t$ in the solution of a Differential Equation

My task is to show that the trajectories of the system: $\frac{dx}{dt}=y$, $\frac{dy}{dt}=x$ are hyperbolas given by $H(x,y)=y^2-x^2=c.$ Solving the above system I got: $x=c_1e^t+c_2e^{-t}$, ...
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Converting nonlinear second order ODE to first order

The second order ODE is: $$ y'' + ky' + (mg/c)\sin(y) = 0 $$ $k$, $m$, $g$ and $c$ and constants. What is the first order ODE and how do I do it?
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Determining properties of Solutions of an autonomous ODE

Which of the following functions is a solution of a differential equation of the form $$y'=f(y)$$ where $f$ is continuously differentable for all real $y$ (a) $y=sin(t)$ (b) $y=cos(t)$ (c) ...
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Limits of coefficeints in a system of O.D.E.s.

Say that we have a system of O.D.E.s that depend on some real parameter $c$ \begin{equation*} \dot{x}_i = f_i(c,x_1,...,x_n) \ ,\ \ \ i=1,2,...,n \ . \end{equation*} I've not really seen what it ...
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How do we plot nonlinear differential equations

If this is not nonlinear I apologize, I'm still learning differential equations. I am attempting to make a stream plot of a predator-prey model of eccentric closed curves by using the following ...
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Ordinary Differential Equations General Form [closed]

What are all solutions of $f''(x)=\lambda f(x)$ on $0\le x \le L$.
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$\psi ( \frac {\pi}{2}, \frac {\pi}{6})$ and calculating problems? [on hold]

I ran into a problem, $u=\psi (x,t)$ be a solution of partial deferential equation with following condition on boundary, how we reach the value of $\psi ( \frac {\pi}{2}, \frac {\pi}{6})$? ...
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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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How to guess the graph of a differential equation?

Can anyone provide some techniques for solving this kind of problem? Many thanks.
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An example of a linear system that has a straight-line solution $[x(t), y(t)]$ such that $x(0) = -1$ and $y(t) = 2x(t)$ for all $t$

Give an example of a linear system that has a straight-line solution $[x(t), y(t)]$ such that $x(0) = -1$ and $y(t) = 2x(t)$ for all $t$. What I Know: Equilibrium solutions are constant ...
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How to show that if $f$ is a solution for $y" + y = 0$ and the graph of $f$ passes contains 2 arbitrary points then f is unique

Suppose that $f$ satisfies $$y'' + y = 0 $$ And the graph of $f$ contains the points $(a_{1},b_{1})$ and $(a_{2},b_{2})$, with $$a_{1}-a_{2} \neq n \pi, n \in \mathbb{Z}$$ Show that $f$ is the ...
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Study the stability of the following ODE: $u'=u(1-u)-\alpha$

Given that $\alpha$ is real, I'm being asked to give a basic analysis for this nonlinear ODE. However the problem is that I'm having trouble understanding how to pick the conditions we need to study ...
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Question regarding $\mathcal{L}^{-1}\{\frac{s}{s^2+4s+5}\}$

The book asks for: $\mathcal{L}^{-1}\{\frac{s}{s^2+4s+5}\}$ So I can see: $\frac{s}{s^2+4s+4+1} = \frac{s}{(s+2)^2+1}$ From the properties of the inverse Laplace transform: ...
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Finding solutions for the differential equation: $x(y^2-7)-(x^2-6)yy'=0.$

Given the differential equation: $x(y^2-7)-(x^2-6)yy'=0.$ How do I find a solution for the equation that satisfies $y(1)=-2$ (if it exists) or $y(\sqrt{-6})=-2$. I know that I need to solve this ...
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Globally Lipschitz implies solutions exist for all time

I understand when you have a locally lipschitz functiion $f$ for the IVP you are guaranteed the existence and uniqueness of a solution. However this solution may not exist for all time. Why is it that ...
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How can I solve the following differential equation without use power series [on hold]

Let we have the following differential equation $$y''-xy'=e^{-x}$$ how can I solve this differential equation without use power series
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One-dimensional Boundary Value Problem with complex coefficients and mixed Dirichlet-Robin boundary conditions

I am trying to solve the following pair of Boundary Value Problems for the unknowns $\phi^+(x)$ and $\phi^-(x)$, on the line $0 \leq x \leq L$: $\phi_{xx}^{\pm} \mp \frac{il}{k}\phi^{\pm} = 0$ ...
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Solve differential equation $f'(z) = e^{-2} (f(z/e))^2$

I'm curious if there's a simple closed solution to the following DE and, if so, what it is. $$\begin{align} f'(z) &= e^{-2} (f(z/e))^2 \\ f(0) &= 1. \end{align}$$
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Uniqueness of a solution to an IVP over a large domain

I get that both $x_1(t)$ and $x_2(t)$ are continuous on $I$ as they are differentiable on $I$ as they are solutions to the differential equation. However I do not understand why their continuity ...
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Connection between these two ODE

We have the following discrete time difference-equations: $$ F(x_t) = \Delta G(x_t) + (1-a \Delta)F(x_{t+\Delta})\\ x_{t+\Delta} = \underbrace{\Delta b(1-x_t) + \Delta x_t f(F(x_t))}_{\Delta H(x_t, ...
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How is this concluded in the following differential equation?

Question: Solve the differential equation $$t^2x''-2tx'+(t+2)x=t^6$$ Answer:$$x(t)=u(t)v(t); x'=u'v+uv' ; x''=u''v+2u'v'+uv'';$$ $$t^2(u''v+2u'v'+uv'')-2t(u'v+uv')+(t^2+2)uv= t^6 $$ then: ...
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Initial value problem with unique solution and rear wheel of a bike problem

Consider $I\subseteq\mathbb{R}$ an arbitrary interval (it can be of the following types: $[a,b], [a,b), (a,b], [a,+\infty),(a,+\infty),(-\infty,b), (-\infty, b], \mathbb{R}$, where $a,b\in\mathbb{R}, ...
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Differential equation with integration factor

I tried to solve this differential equation: $$ydx+(2xy-e^{-2y})dy=0$$ I found $e^{2y}$ as integration factor but when affect this on equation I don't get $M_{y}$=$N_{x}$ (they are not exact)... ...
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Picard Iteration

For part b) I understand how to get to $z_1= \begin{pmatrix} t \\ 1 \\ \end{pmatrix} \quad$and because $z= \begin{pmatrix} x \\ p \\ ...