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Links to pdf-articles or books where there is an information on some linear integral operator

Please write me links to pdf-articles or books where there is some information on properties of operators like these: $$ (Af)(x,y)=\int_{D}\frac{f(z) \, dz}{|x-z| |z-y|} $$ or $$ (Bf)(x,y)=\int_D ...
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Find $\alpha$ such that $y'=\sqrt{1+y^4}-|y|^\alpha$ has global solutions

How do I find $\alpha$ such that $y'=\sqrt{1+y^4}-|y|^\alpha$ has global solutions? For example, imposing $y'=0$ for $\alpha=4$ we get that for solutions with starting point in ...
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Existence Theorem for Geodesics

The text I am reading now defined geodesics to be those curves that satisfy the following differential equation: $\ddot{\gamma}^k(t)+\dot{\gamma}^i(t)\dot{\gamma}^j(t)\Gamma^k_{ij}(\gamma(t)) = 0$ ...
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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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Second order equations on manifolds

In my notes, the lecturer considers a smooth vector field $v: TM\to T(TM)$, with $M$ a smooth manifold. Let's write $$v(u,e)=((u,e), (a(u,e),b(u,e)).$$ It is said that $v$ is a second order equation ...
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Behaviour of $r'=r-r^3 , \theta'=(\sin\theta)^2+a$

What are the local and global behavior of solutions of $r'=r-r^3$ $\theta'=(\sin\theta)^2+a$ at the bifurcation value $a=-1$?
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Integrating angular velocity to obtain orientation

Suppose that $\gamma:[0,1]\to \operatorname{SO}(3)$ is a path in the space of orientation preserving rotations of $\mathbb R^3$. It is classical that we can find a corresponding $\omega:[0,1]\to ...
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Complex nonlinear differential equation

I have the following nonlinear differential equation: $$\ddot z(t)-\sin(z(t))=0$$ where $z(t)$ is a complex variable. The solution of the same equation with $z(t)$ real, is a function of Jacobi ...
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system of implicit nonlinear differential equations

Here I have a system of nonlinear differential equations: $ (M+2m)\ddot{x} + m(l_1 \ddot{\theta}_1\cos\theta_1 - l_1\dot{\theta}_1^2\sin\theta_1) + ...
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Chebyshev Diff EQ

Find a power series solution about $x_0=0$ for the Chebyshev differential equation $$(1-x^2)y''-xy'+n^2 y=0,$$ as a function of of the integer $n$. Show that the solutions form a terminating ...
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The linearization of a gradient vector field along a heteroclinic connection

A gradient vector field $X$ in $\mathbb{R}^n$ has two equilibria $x_1, x_2$. The vector field defines a cooperative dynamical system. The linearization about $x_1$ has one positive eigenvalues and ...
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What's this called? $\mathbb{C}[d/dx]$

The 'ring of differential operators wrt x' ? Thx.
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Harmonic oscillator with stochastic forcing

It's well known that the solution of the differential equation: $$\ddot x(t)+\omega^2x(t)=\sin(\psi t)$$ has the form: $$x(t)=C_1 \sin(\omega t)+C_2 \cos(\omega t)-\frac{\sin(\psi ...
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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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Prove there are at least two periodic solutions

Could anyone comment on the following ODE problem? Thank you. Given a 2-d system in polar coordinates: $$\dot{r}=r+r^{5}-r^{3}(1+\sin^{2}\theta)$$ $$\dot{\theta}=1$$ Prove that there are at least ...
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Gompertz growth equation

:) Hi! I'm almost finished with a homework problem, but I cannot quite finish it. The problem is as follows: Given the Gompertz growth equation $$\frac{dN}{dt}=K(t)N(t),\ N(0)=N_0 \\ ...
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Solving geodesic problems with Euler-Lagrange equation

This is the question: Problem B.1 Two cities - Tel-Aviv, Israel and SanDiego, CA - have the same latitude 32 ◦ N, but, different longitudes: Tel-Aviv is 34 ◦ E and San-Diego is 117 ◦ W. What is the ...
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Satisfying a Differential Equation and complex Laguerre

I have the following problem Show that $$L_n(x)=\frac{e^x}{2 \pi i}\oint \frac{t^n e^{-t}}{(t-x)^{n+1}}dt$$ satisfies $$x\, L_n^{\prime\prime}+(1-x)L_n^\prime+n\, L_n=0$$ where the contour is ...
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Lebesgue Line Integrals - Parametric Change of Variables

Consider the following Lebesgue integral in $\mathbb{R}^n$ $$ \int_C f(x) dx $$ Where $f : \mathbb{R}^n \rightarrow \mathbb{R}$ is measurable and $C$ is a measurable subset of $\mathbb{R}^n$ that ...
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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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Approximating a system of differential equations as a Bézier curve

I am looking for a general transform to approximate the solution to an n-dimensional system of differential equations and initial conditions as a cubic or quadratic Bézier curve. Sorry if my ...
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Finding $\mathbf r(t)$ for the parameterized two-body equations of motion

I'm trying to understand the equations of two-body motion. Namely, given the position, velocity and mass of two orbiting bodies at time $t$, how can I explicitly find their position and velocity for ...
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Differential equation, eigenvalues and eigenfunctions

How does one find all the permissible values of $b$ for $-{d\over dx}(-e^{ax}y')-ae^{ax}y=be^{ax}y$ with boundary conditions $y(0)=y(1)=0$? I assume we have a discrete set of $\{b_n\}$ where they ...
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Special forms of ODEs

In my previous question, @Gerben suggested that it is more likely that WA recognizes an ODE in"Sturm-Liouville" form. Is there a reason for this particular form being preferred to the usual ...
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Inequality of ODE solutions

Says I have two (scalar) ODE: $u' = f(u,t)$ and $v' = g(v,t)$ where Both $f$ and $g$ are piecewise-continuous and locally Lipschitz, for existence & uniqueness of solutions $u(t)$ and ...
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Differential equation with some constraints

I'd like $\alpha,\beta,\gamma$ as functions of $t$, satisfying the following conditions: $$ \begin{align} \alpha+\beta+\gamma & = 0 \\ \sin^2\alpha + \sin^2\beta + \sin^2\gamma & = c^2 \\ ...
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Half-life versus relaxation time

Question: What is the exact relationship between half-life and relaxation time? I just wanted to nail down the difference/similarity between these two concepts. I did a web search, and even found a ...
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Series of nested double integrals

This is kind of a follow-up of my previous question. I'm investigating the following infinite series of nested two-dimensional integrals $$\sigma(t,t^\prime) = 1 - \int_{t^\prime}^t\mathrm dt_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: ...
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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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finding solution to a partial integro differential equation

I want to find a function (or a set of functions) such that $u(x,t)$ satisfies the following partial integro-differential equation with singular kernel \begin{eqnarray} &&u_x(0,t) = \int_0^t ...
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Combining two differential equations

I have two differential equations that are connected by an equation, $L_1\frac{d^2I_1}{dt^2} + \frac{1}{C_1}I_1=\frac{dV}{dt}$ $L_2\frac{d^2I_2}{dt^2} + \frac{1}{C_2}I_2=\frac{dV}{dt}$ $I_1+I_2=I$ ...
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Existenence of the solution for a PDE-ODE system.

I have the PDE-ODE system below: $\frac{\partial c}{\partial t}= D \Delta c - \eta \nabla.(c\nabla v)+g(c,v)$ $\frac{dv}{dt}=-\alpha cv+\xi(c,v)$ with initial conditions and Neumann boundary ...
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Proof that maximal interval of existence exist and bounded

For each $\lambda\in \mathbb{R}$, let $\varphi_{\lambda}$ : $J_{\lambda}\rightarrow \mathbb{R}$ denote the solution to the following initial value problem: $$ ...
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How to solve second order differential equations? [summary]

As I do my engineering studies, I find more and more ways to solve differential equations, especially the second order ones. With more and more ways to solve these equations, I am loosing my overview ...
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How do I approximate $f''(x)+(E-U(x))f(x)=0$ for a piecewise $U$ and find $E$?

I am trying to approximate the solution to the equation $f''(x)+(E-U(x))f(x)=0$ where $U(x) = \begin{cases} \frac{U_0}{m}x-U_0 & \text{for $-m<x<0$} \\ \frac{-U_0}{m}x-U_0 & ...
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Find a series solution to $(x^2-2)y''+6xy'+4y=0$.

Find a series solution to $(x^2-2)y''+6xy'+4y=0$. A. Find the recurrence relation to $a_n$: My answer is $a_{n+2}=a_n\cdot \frac{n+4}{2(n+2)}$ which is correct. B. Using A, write two independent ...
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Solution of $\Pi(y(x)+1)+\sin(x)=y(x)+y'(x)$

How do we solve $$\Pi(y(x)+1)+\sin(x)=y(x)+y'(x)$$ I suspect it will be a function of many cases. The solution of $$\Pi(x+1)+\sin(x)=y(x)+y'(x)$$ is hard only at the evaluation of the last integral ...
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Use Green's function to reduce to quadratures the solution of ODE

Use Green's function to reduce to quadratures the solution of $$xy''+y'+xy=R(x)$$ where $u(0)$ is finite and $u(b)=0$ where $b=y_{0,1}$ the first zero of of $Y_0$ bessel function. and $R(x)$ is ...
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The existence of integral equations solution for a 2-dimensional unknown function

Suppose $f(\cdot,\cdot)\in C[0,1]^2$ is a kernel. $f$ is integratble $\int_0^1\int_0^1 f(x,y)dxdy<\infty$. $a,b\in C[0,1]$ are known functions, and $z(\cdot,\cdot)\in C[0,1]^2$ is a 2-dimensional ...
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Taking partial derivatives over multiple summations

I have the following equation obtained from one of the models. $\mathcal{H} = \sum\limits_{D} \sum\limits_{W}n(d,w)\sum\limits_{Z} p(z|d,w)[\log{p(d)}+\log{p(z|d)}+\log{p(w|z)]}$ I need to take ...
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Solving a system of first order differential equations

So, I have (another) problem with differential equations (from an optimal control problem). I am trying to solve the following system of DEs (is this even a system?): $$ \lambda'(t) = r \lambda(t) + ...
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Solution of partial difference equation

I want to find the explicit solution of the following difference equation $e_{i,j+1}=re_{i-1,j}+(1-2r)e_{i,j}+re_{i+1,j}+km_{i,j}$ where $r>0$, $k>0$ and $m_{i,j}$ are known and $e_{i,0}=0$. ...
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Is ODE theory useful for developing numerical solvers for ODEs?

I will be doing research in developing numerical solvers for ODEs. I was wondering if knowledge of ODE theory will be useful and if so in what ways. I am asking because, I am inclined to take a ...
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Adding a delta function to a differential equation

So say I have a differential equation of the form: $$ \left(\alpha \frac{d^2}{dx^2}+fx^2 \right)y(x)=\lambda y(x) $$ Whose solutions are known (a Gaussian multiplying a Hermite polynomial.) I am now ...
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second order differential equation with Green's function

I need to solve following differential equation \begin{eqnarray} y''(x) - k = \delta(x-x_0) \end{eqnarray} subject to conditions: \begin{eqnarray} y(x=-a) = 0 \\ y(x=b) = p \end{eqnarray} Is it ...
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using ode45 for descriptive forms

Using Matlab what would be the most efficient way to solve, $A_1x'(t) = A_2x(t)$, where both $A_1$ and $A_2$ are $n\times n$ matrices. Both are sparse matrices and hence I want to avoid inversion. ...
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Finding a solution basis of differential equation

Find a solution basis of $$y'=\left[ \begin{matrix}3&-4&-2\\2&-3&-2\\0&0&1\\ \end{matrix} \right]y \,\text{ and find the solution } \Phi \text{ with } \Phi(0) = (1,1,1).$$ I'm ...
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Quaternion conversion

We have a normalized orthogonal co-ordinate frame travelling through the curve as in figure 1 below, from one end to other. Let us call starting end as A and ending end as B. What we know is initial ...
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Special properties of bounded functions

I have a problem understanding the reasons as to why under some circumstances a term can be omitted due to it being a part of a bounded function, and I hoped to get some clarity to this here. There is ...