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What is the physical meaning of fractional calculus?

What is the physical meaning of the fractional integral and fractional derivative? And many researchers deal with the fractional boundary value problems, and what is the physical background? What ...
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How $\frac{dx}{dy}=f(x)g(y) \Leftrightarrow \int \frac{dx}{f(x)} = \int g(y)dy$?

In my intro differential equations class we have often used the "equivalence" stated in title. It seems to me that somehow, the intermediate step $$ \frac{dx}{f(x)} = g(y)dy$$ is being used, in which ...
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Cancelling differentials

I'll start with an example. In physics, $x(t)$ represents the $x$-position of a particle, and $v(t)$ its ($x$-)velocity. To determine the total displacement of a particle on the interval $[a, b]$, we ...
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Examples of nonlinear ordinary differential equations with elementary solutions.

I am looking for nice examples of nonlinear ordinary differential equations that have simple solutions in terms of elementary functions. (But are not trivial to find, like, for example, with ...
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Tough Inverse Fourier Transform

In reference to this answer I gave the other day, I came across a very interesting function whose IFT would be nice to evaluate as part of completing the solution to the problem I answered. The ...
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How to prove that $\frac{d^n}{dx^n}(x^2-1)^n=0$ has $n$ real roots?

How do I prove that $$\frac{d^n}{dx^n}(x^2-1)^n=0$$ has $n$ real roots?
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Complicated exercise on ODE

I have this exercise extracted from a examination of qualitative theory of ODE (in which we study the existence and uniqueness of solutions, and stability using the function of Lyapunov) I don't know ...
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dropping a particle into a vector field, part 2

Okay, so earlier I posted this question "dropping a particle into a vector field " as sort of a feeler question as i study line integrals in order to go into surface integrals and eventually ...
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Determinant called Grammian

Famously, if functions $f_1,f_2,…,f_n$, each of which possesses a derivative of order $n-1$, are linearly independent on the interval $I$, if $$ \det\left( \begin{array}{ccccc} f_1 & f_2 & ...
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Solutions of homogeneous linear differential equations are a special case of structure theorem for f.g. modules over a PID

In this other post, Qiaochu Yuan comments that the solutions for the homegeneous linear differential equation with constant coefficients are a special case of the structure theorem for finitely ...
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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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ODE introduction textbook

Unfortunately I have reached the maximum number of math classes I can take for my undergraduate degree. I still wish to study basic ODEs and basic number theory. What is a good textbook with an ...
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How to solve this ODE?

For a certain problem, I am trying to solve the ODE $$\ddot{z}(t) - \omega^2 z(t) = f_0 \Big(e^{-i(\omega+\delta)t}+e^{-i(\omega-\delta)t}\Big)$$ where $\omega$ is a real and $\delta$ is close to ...
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Questions about the hyperbolic system of equations

$$u_t+A(x,t,u)u_x=b(x,t,u) \tag 1$$ $$u=(u_1, \dots, u_n), b=(b_1, \dots, b_n)$$ $$A=[a_{ij}], i,j = 1, \dots, n$$ $$$$ We set the question if there are characteristic directions at the path of which ...
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To get addition formula of $\tan (x)$ via analytic methods

Assume that we only know $\tan (0)=0$ and also given the relation $\tan'(x)=1+\tan^2(x)$ about $\tan (x)$ and we do not know other $\tan (x)$ relations of trigonometry. How can I get the additon ...
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Solving the differential equation $\frac{dy}{dx}=\frac{3x+4y+7}{x-2y-11}$

How do we solve the differential equation $$\frac{dy}{dx}=\frac{3x+4y+7}{x-2y-11}$$? I tried substituting $v=yx$ but I do not seem to be getting anywhere.Putting $u=x-2y$ yielded nothing better. ...
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Periodic solution of differential equation y′=f(y)

Let $f∈C^∞(ℝ^2,ℝ^2)$ and $∀x∈ℝ^2$ $f(kx)=k^2f(x)$ for $k∈ℝ$ Show that any periodic solution of $y′=f(y)$ is constant. My attempt : Let $\lambda \in \mathbb{R}$. Let $g$ a periodic solution ...
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ODE Laplace Transform an impulse bring oscillating system to rest

$2y''+y'+2y=\delta(t-5)$ $y(0)=0, y'(0)=0$ Consider the system given by ODE above in which an oscillation is excited by a unit impulse at $t=5$. Suppose that it is desired to bring the system to ...
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Finding integrating factor when IF will be a function of x and y

I'm not finding any resource or description or systemic methodology to find integrating factors when the integrating factor will be a function of both x and y. I'm on this problem, $$ ( y - xy^2 ) ...
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Decomposite a vector field into two parts

Let A be a region in $\mathbb R^3$, and suppose $ \vec {\mathbf F}$ is a smooth vector field on A. I was asked to show that I can write $\vec {\mathbf F}=\vec {\mathbf F_1}+\vec {\mathbf F_2}$, s.t. ...
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General solution for $y^{iv}+ 2y''+y=\cos x$

Here is another problem from Mathews and Walker that has given me some trouble. 1-18. Find the general solution of $y^{iv}+ 2y''+y=\cos x$. Note: Thanks, everyone, for clearing up the ...
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Restricted Three-Body Problem

The movement of a spacecraft between Earth and the Moon is an example of the infamous Three Body Problem. It is said that a general analytical solution for TBP is not known because of the complexity ...
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Some Scaling Estimate for Heat Kernel

NOTE. I have rewritten the question to summarize my current progress on this question. The bounty is for completing what I have done so far, or by offering a more elegant solution probably based on ...
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Special Differential Equation (continued-2)

May you help me out in solving inhomogeneous differential equation looking like[this is radial part of Schrodinger equation]: ...
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Help with solving differential Equation using Exact Equation method

I need to learn how to solve differential equations using either the Exact Equation Approach and or the Special Integrating Factor methods. Below is a differential Equation to solve. $(2xy^2 + \cos ...
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particular solution of $4y''-y= \sin(x)\cdot \cos(x/2)$

So I'm working with a nonhomogeneous second order differential equation: $$4y''-y=\sin(x)\cos(x/2).$$ I know that the general solution, $y$, equals $y_c + y_p$ where $y_c$ is the general ...
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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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perturbation question

I'm a little stuck with a problem and I was hoping that you guys could help. Question: A projectile is fired up from the earth with an initial velocity of $v_0$ upwards. Accounting for air resistance, ...
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How to get the linear equation system for finite element method from the variational formulation

Let the problem be $$-u'' + a(x) u = f , \;x \in \Omega = ]0,1[ , \;u(0) = \alpha ; \;u(1) = \beta,$$ where $f \in L^2(\Omega) , a(x) \geq a_0 > 0 , a(x) \in L^{\infty}(\Omega).$ This problem ...
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Cat Dog problem using integration

Consider this equation : $$\sqrt{\left( \frac{dy\cdot u\,dt}{L}\right)^2+(dy)^2}=v\,dt,$$ where $t$ varies from $0$ to $T$ , and $y$ varies from $0$ to $L$. Now how to proceed ? This equation ...
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Does $\int_{-\infty}^{\infty}{\frac{\mathrm{exp}(-t^2)}{t-iz} dt}=i \sqrt{\pi} e^{z^2} \mathrm{erfc}(z)$ hold for all $z$?

I have been working on a calculation that involves the following type of integral: $$ f(z)={\frac{1}{i\sqrt{\pi}}}\int_{-\infty}^{\infty}{\frac{e^{-t^2}}{t-iz} dt} \hspace{1.5cm} z \in \Bbb{C} ...
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Linear equation solving

I cant solve $tx'+\dfrac{tx}{\sqrt{1+t^3}}=1$ I have tried to do it like an homogenian but i cant integrate $\dfrac{1}{\sqrt{1+t^3}}$ so i suposse it must be done by another method
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Stability analysis, or, Can we prove this limit to be zero?

Let's think about this ODE $$ \dot{y}(t) = \gamma \left(g(t) - y(t)\right),\quad \gamma > 0, $$ where $g(t)$ is a Lipschitz continuous function. It can be seen that the value of $y(\cdot)$ goes ...
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Easy way to solve this non-linear second degree DY $\sqrt{y}\;y''=1$?

I prooceeded by integrating both sides $$y'=\int y^{-\frac{1}{2}} dx=\cdots$$ so I got $(y')^{2}+C y' - \frac{1}{2} \sqrt{y} = 0$ but I am thinking that I am proceeding the wrong or the ...
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Help on solving an apparently simple differential equation

I need help to find an analytical solution to: $$p''(x)-k_1xp'(x)-k_2p(x)=0 \text{ where } k_1,k_2\in\mathbb R^+$$ with boundary conditions $p'(0)=0, p(r)=p(-r)=k_3$ where ...
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A Differential operator.

What are the fundamental solutions for the operator $$\mathcal D=a{\partial^2\over\partial x_1^2}+b{\partial^2\over\partial x_2^2}$$ on $\Bbb R^2 $ with standard cordinates $(x_1,x_2)$. Here ...
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Solutions for $ \frac{dy}{dx}=y $?

Al-right, this may be a very basic question but I'm confused about this. We all know that one differential equation can only have one solution. Consider: $$ \frac{dy}{dx}=y $$ The solution is: $$ ...
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Energy estimate of the differential equation $\dot{x}=Ax$

Conside the differential equation $$\dot{x}=Ax,\qquad x(t):{\bf R}\to{\mathcal H}$$ where $\mathcal{H}$ is a Hilbert space and $A$ is a bounded linear operator. With the initial condition, one can ...
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What went wrong?

Intrigued by this question, one-dimensional inverse square laws, I started to try to find an answer and came up with what follows. However, I calculated the derivatives to double check myself, and ...
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Finding a non constant solution to $ (x')^2+x^2=9 $

How do I find a non-constant solution this equation? I've tried to solve for $x$, but the final answer should be in the form of $x(t)=...$ $ (x')^2+x^2=9 $ I'm not sure where to start.
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Proof Strategy for a Dynamical System of Points on the Plane

I have a rather simple-looking system which exhibits a particular behaviour in simulation, and I would now like to attempt to prove this formally. The problem is, I don't really know where to start, ...
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Estimating rate of blow up of an ODE

Suppose I have a differential equation $x'=f(x)$ and $f(x)>0$ grows super-linearly. I.e., $\lim_{|x| \rightarrow \infty} |f(x)|/|x| \rightarrow \infty$. Several related questions: (1) Can I ...
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Completing the differential equation from exercise 10.23 in Tom Apostol's “Mathematical Analysis”

I found this answer, outlining the exercise, to be interesting. However, I have trouble solving the differential equation. The question starts by attempting to solve the following integral without ...
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Modelling forces acting on a sail

I'd like to create a basic model of the forces acting on a sail (wind sail, like a tail ship) A couple of things I was thinking about: 1) can create a very simple model where wind is 'one' force ...
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Under what conditions can a function $ y: \mathbb{R} \to \mathbb{R} $ be expressed as $ \dfrac{z'}{z} $?

Can an arbitrary function $ y: \mathbb{R} \to \mathbb{R} $ always be expressed as $ \dfrac{z'}{z} $ for some differentiable function $ z: \mathbb{R} \to \mathbb{R} $, or are additional conditions on $ ...
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General Solution of a Differential Equation using Green's Function

My father recently lent me an old textbook of his, called Mathematical Methods of Physics by Mathews and Walker. I am working on the following exercise. Consider the differential equation ...
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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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Special Differential Equation

I ended up with a differential equation that looks like this: $$\frac{d^2y}{dx^2} + \frac 1 x \frac{dy}{dx} - \frac{ay}{x^2} + \left(b -\frac c x - e x \right )y = 0.$$ I tried with Mathematica. But ...
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Regarding Ladder Operators and Quantum Harmonic Oscillators

When dealing with the Quantum Harmonic Oscillator Operator $H=-\frac{d^{2}}{dx^{2}}+x^{2}$, there is the approach of using the Ladder Operator: Suppose that are two operators $L^{+}$ and $L^{-}$ and ...
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Where can I find good, free resources on differential equations?

I'd like to know if there are any good online books, lecture notes, videos, tutorials, or similar that are free to the public (on differential equations). Suggestions are welcome!