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Legendre polynomials, Laguerre polynomials: Basic concept

I am asking a simple conceptual question. I saw in many Mathematics and Mathematical physics text books that the Legendre polynomials and Laguerre polynomials "falling from the sky"! I mean, I didn't ...
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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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Find minimizer of the functional $l(u)= \int_{-1} ^1 u(t) \mathbb d t$

Find minimizer of the functional $ l(u)= \int \limits _{-1} ^1 u(t) \mathbb d t $ with $u(-1)=u(1)=0 $ subject to $g(u)=\int \limits _{-1} ^1 \sqrt{1+u'(t)} \mathbb d t=π $. I solved it using ...
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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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Prove that if $\phi'(x) = \phi(x)$ and $\phi(0)=0$, then $\phi(x)\equiv 0$. Use this to prove the identity $e^{a+b} = e^a e^b$.

I am given the following. hint Consider $f(x)=e^{-x} \phi(x)$. I am unsure how to approach this problem.
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How do you solve this differential equation using variation of parameters?

$\color{green}{question}$: How do you solve this differential equation using variation of parameters? $$y"-\frac{2x}{x^2+1}y'+\frac{2}{x^2+1}y=6(x^2+1)$$ $\color{green}{I~tried}$ . . . ...
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Closed form solutions of $\ddot x(t)-x(t)^n=0$

Given the ODE: $$\ddot x(t)-x(t)=0$$ the solution is: $$x(t)=C_1\exp(-t)+C_2\exp(t)$$ If we square the $x(t)$ we have: $$\ddot x(t)-x(t)^2=0$$ and the solution is given by: $$x(t)=6\wp(t+C_1;0,C_2)$$ ...
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An existence of global solution of differential equation of first order

Let $f: (a,b) \times \mathbb{R} \rightarrow \mathbb{R}$ be of class $C^1$ in $D:=(a,b) \times \mathbb{R}$ and satisfies condition $$| f(t,x)| \leq A+B|x| \textrm{ for } (t,x) \in D,$$ where $A,B$ ...
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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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What is an example of a second order differential equation for which it is known that there are no smooth solutions?

I would really appreciate if someone could just write down for me one example of a second order, or higher, differential equation for which it is known that there are no smooth solutions; and it's ...
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Bessel Equations Addition Formula

So, I'm considering yet another tricky proof involving Bessel Functions. Basically, I'm trying to figure out how the following is true: $$J_n(\alpha + \beta) = \sum_{m = -\infty}^\infty ...
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Ordinary differential equation $y'(t)=\sin(f(t,y))$

One whose solution never makes me happy is the following: $$y'(t)=\sin(y+t)\text{.}$$ I would start by substituting $z(t)=y(t)+t$ to get an ODE in $z(t)$, but then I'm not sure about how to substitute ...
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Possible ways to do stability analysis of non-linear, three-dimensional Differential Equations

For example Lorenz system, $$ \frac{d}{dt}\begin{pmatrix} x\\ y\\ z \end{pmatrix}=\begin{pmatrix} -\sigma & \sigma & 0\\ \rho & -1 & -x\\ y & 0 & -\beta ...
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General solution of second-order linear ODE

I am trying to look a bit deeper into the mathematics the equation of motion used in physics and engineering. I have some specific questions at the end, but please correct me if I make a mistake in ...
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Exercise from Stein with partial differential operator

I have again something from Stein-Shakarchi I would really appreciate some help with. Any references are also welcome! Suppose $L$ is a linear partial differential operator with constant ...
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4 Bugs chasing each other differential equation

This is from a problem seminar and I need help figuring out the solution. Four bugs, $A,B,C,D$ are initially placed at the corners of a unit square. From a given initial moment, all four crawl ...
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Existence of solution of $\frac{\partial f}{\partial t}=-\Delta f+|\nabla f|^2-R(x,t)$

When $t=t_0$, $f(x,t)=f_0(x)\in L^2(U)$. $t\in [0,t_0]$ and $U$ is a open subset of $R^n$.$R(x,t)$ is bounded and smooth about $x$ and $t$. I don't whether suitable the conditions is ,if not, please ...
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Linearization of PDE: $0$ is an eigenvalue since all translates of travelling waves are also travelling waves

Consider the following PDE: $$ u_t=u_{xx}+f(u)-w,~~~~~w_t=\varepsilon (u-\gamma w),~~~~~~~~~(1) $$ where $f(u)=u(u-a)(1-u), 0<a<\frac{1}{2}, \varepsilon,\gamma >0, \varepsilon\ll 1,\gamma\ll ...
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Exact Differential Equations

$M(x,y)dx + N(x,y)dy=0$ is said to be a perfect differential when $\frac{\partial (M(x,y))}{\partial y}=\frac{\partial (N(x,y))}{\partial x}$. Let $M_y=\frac{\partial (M(x,y))}{\partial y}$ and ...
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good book to study Differential Equations throgh geometric ideas.

When studying a subject geometric intuition is important for me. The algebra books I know, do not convey such intuition. Please, recommend books with an emphasis on geometric intuition on Ordinary ...
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Compute $\int_cd\omega$ and $\int_{\partial c}\omega$

Question: Let $c:I^2\rightarrow\mathbb{R}^3$ be the singular $2$-cube given by $$c(s,t)=\left(\frac{1}{2}s^2,st,\frac{1}{2}t^2\right)$$Let $x=(x,y,z)$ denote the cartesian coordinates on ...
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Classification of operators

I have a collection of questions about the limit point/circle concept and self-adjointness that are kind of connected, so I would like to ask them in a row. Apparently, an operator that is limit ...
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:How to find the general solution of $(y+ux)u_x+(x+yu)u_y=u^2-1$?

question : find the general solution of $(y+ux)u_x+(x+yu)u_y=u^2-1$ $\frac{dx}{dt}=y+ux,\frac{dy}{dt}=x+yu,\frac{du}{dt}=u^2-1$ I dont know how to start. is this quasilinear ? edit 1: tried ...
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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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Expressing an oscillator as a series of ODEs

Consider an oscillator satisfying the initial value problem $u''+w^2u=0$, where $u(0)=u_0$, $u'(0)=v_0$. Let $x_1 = u$, $x_2=u'$, and transform the equations given into the form $x' = Ax, x(0)$. Then ...
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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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Dimensions analysis in Differential equation

Differential equation of solitary wave oscillons is defined by, $$ \Delta S -S +S^3=0 $$ How can we write this equation as, \begin{equation} \langle(\vec{\nabla}S)^2\rangle+\langle S^2\rangle-\langle ...
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Help with Initial value problem : $y'= x^2+ xy^2, y(0) = 0$; Picard–Lindelöf Approximation.

i need solve this: $$y'=x^2+xy^2 , y(0)= y(t_0)= 0$$ a) Compute, starting from the constant function $u_0=0$ the successive approximations $u_1,u_2,u_3$ (in the sense of the theorem of ...
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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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Easiest way to solve $y''+y=\frac{1}{\cos x}$

I know how to solve it using Lagrange method of variation of constants, but is there easier way?
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solving third-order nonlinear ordinary differential equation

I would like to solve: $(\frac{d^{2}y}{dx^{2}})^2+\frac{d^{3}y}{dx^{3}} \frac{dy}{dx}=0$ Thanks in advance.
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Using laplace transforms to solve a piecewise defined function initial value problem

I want to use laplace transforms to solve the following: $$\frac{d^2 y}{dt^2}+16 y = f(t) = \left\{\begin{array} 1 1&t\lt\pi\\0&t\geq \pi\end{array}\right.\text{ with } y(0)=0 \text{ and } ...
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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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How to plot a phase portrait for this system of differential equations?

I beg your help.. I'd like the phase portrait for this system. I don't know how to use Mathematica/Matlab ... :( If anyone can make this portrait and post a print screen here, I would thank you ...
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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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Find the solution for a boundary value problem

Please, how can we find the solution of this second order boundary value problem $$-(e^{-2x}u')'-\ln(x^2+2)u= 2 e^ {-2x} - x \ln(x^2+2),\,\, x\in ]0,1[, u(0)=0,u(1)=1?$$ Or more generally, What's the ...
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What exactly is steady-state solution?

In solving differential equation, one encounters with steady-state solution. My textbook says that steady-state solution is the limit of solutions of (ordinary) differential equations when $t ...
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General Solution for a given system of equations

Find the general solution of this system of equations: $$x' = \pmatrix{-1&0&0\\1&0&-1\\1&1&0}x$$ I got the eigenvalues to be: $\lambda = -1,\pm i$ The eigenvectors ...
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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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Variation under constraint

I always can't compute right.$u=u(x),R=R(x)$ and $\tau$ is constant, and $M$ is compact manifold.If $u$ is the minimizer of $$ \inf\{\int_M [\tau(4|\nabla u|^2+Ru^2)-u^2\ln ...
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Differential equation of second order (non-linear)

Is there a proper way of solving this differential equation of the second order? $$ \frac{d^2y}{dx^2}=ay^2 $$ Is it even possible?
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A different variation of parameters technique

I discovered a variation on the variation of parameters technique (I'll call it "VOP2") after a student asked me yesterday why we can make the assumption $u_1'(x)y_1(x)+u_2'(x)y_2(x)=0$. I didn't know ...
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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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Finding the interval where a solution is certain to exist for the equation $y' + (\tan t)y = \sin t$

Given the following problem: Determine (without solving the problem) an interval in which the solution is certain to exist for the initial value problem $y' + (\tan t)y = \sin t, \space y(2\pi) = ...
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Construct the Green s function for the equation

Construct the Green s function for the equation y^''+ 2y^'+2y=0 Which boundary conditions y(0)=0 , y(π/2)=0 Is this Green s function symmetric? What is the Green s function, if the ...
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Let $f$ be a field with only one singularity in the origin. Show that the phase diagram of the field $f$ has exactly three distinct orbits

Let $f:\mathbb R\to \mathbb R $ be a field with only one singularity in the origin. Show that the phase diagram of the field $f$ has exactly three distinct orbits which are the following: I need ...
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differential equations in SIR epidemic model and obtain Ro

I need to know why the differential equation system that expresses epidemic's model SIR in some texts appears: $$\frac{dS}{dt} =-\beta\frac{S}{N}I$$ $$\frac{dI}{dt}= \beta \frac{S}{N}I - \gamma I$$ ...
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System of differential equations in Maple

I have problems entering a system of differential equations to Maple 13. Equations are: $x' = -4x + 2y$ $y' = 5x - 4y$ Solve for $x = 0, y = 0$ Thank you in advance
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Riccati differential equation $y'=x^2+y^2$

$$y'=x^2+y^2$$ I know, that this is a kind of Riccati equation, but is it possible to solve it with only simple methods? Thank you