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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
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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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Why does the absolute value disappear when taking $e^{\ln|x|}$

I have noticed that if you have an equation (after integrating) such as $$\ln|y| = \ln|x| + c,$$ and you further simplify it using the law of exponents, you get $$e^{\ln|y|} = e^{\ln|x|+с},$$ which is ...
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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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How can I solve this Initial Value Problem using the Euler method?

My Problem is this given Initial Value Problem: $$y^{\prime}=\frac{3x-2y}{x}\quad y(1)=0$$ I am looking for a way to solve this problem using the Euler method. I have a given Interval of $[1,2]$ and a ...
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Nonlinear equation (oscillon) comparison

Lagrangian for a spherically-symmetric, real scalar field in d spatial dimensions, $$L=c_d \int r^{d-1}dr\left[ \frac{1}{2} \dot\phi^2 - \frac{1}{2} \left(\frac{\partial \phi}{\partial r} \right)^2 ...
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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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Formula for integration bounds of recursively defined polynomial sequence

We can recursively define a sequence of polynomials by $$P_0(x) := 1$$ and then with the definite integral $$P_n(x) := \int_{c_n}^x P_{n-1}(t) ~\mathrm dt$$ where the $c_n$ are to be chosen so ...
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what can I say about the solution $y(x)$ of the ODE?

Let $y:\mathbb R\to \mathbb R$ be differentiable and satisfy the ODE: $$\frac{dy}{dx} =f(y),x\in\mathbb R$$ $$y(0)=y(1)=0$$ where $f:\mathbb R\to \mathbb R$ is a Lipschitz continuous function. Then ...
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Solve $(x^2 + 1)y'' - 6xy' + 10y =0$ using series method

Use series methods to solve: $(x^2 + 1)y'' - 6xy' + 10y =0$ a) Give the recursion formula b) Give the first two non-zero terms of the solution corresponding to $a_0 = 1$ and $a_1 = 0$ ...
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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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Finding the derivatives of inverse functions at given point of c

Hoping someone can help me the understand the steps to solve a problem like this. I'm guessing it involves the formula: $\frac{d}{dx}f^{-1}(f(x))=1/f'(x)$. Am I right in this assumption? I would post ...
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How to Solve the Coupled Differential Equations?

I came across the set of following coupled equations while studying cycloid motion in Griffiths' Intro to ED $\ddot{y}=\omega \dot{z}$ $\ddot{z}=\omega (\frac{E}{B}-\dot{y})$ I am at a loss as to ...
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Initial value problem $t\frac{dx}{dt}=x+\sqrt{t^2+x^2}$

Another question on ODEs, this time just wondering how I should start with this one. $$t\frac{dx}{dt}=x+\sqrt{t^2+x^2}, \qquad x(1)=0.$$ It looks like a linear ODE and so after playing around with it ...
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Frobenius Method to solve $x(1 - x)y'' - 3xy' - y = 0$

So, Im trying to self-learn method of frobenius, and I would like to ask if someone can explain to me how can we solve the following DE about $ x = 0$ using this method. $$ x(1 - x)y'' - 3xy' - y = 0 ...
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Solving ODE with substitution

I have this as homework: $$(xy^2+y)dx+(x^2y-x)dy=0$$ I tried to solve it by substituting $z=xy+1$, but got the answer like $y=Cxe^{xy}$, which, I guess, is wrong. I tried to solve it couple of ...
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Two-Point boundary value problem

To solve ${d^2y \over dx^2} =f(x)$, $0<x<1$ with $y(0)=\alpha, y(1) = \beta$. We can get a finite difference approximation by taking $$\frac{y_{j+1}-2y_j+y_{j-1}}{h^2} =f_j \\\Rightarrow ...
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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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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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Why does acceleration = $v\frac{dv}{dx}$

If we define $x$ = displacement, $v$ = velocity and $a$ = acceleration then I am used to the ideas that $a= \frac{dv}{dt} = \frac{d^2x}{dt^2}$ However I also understand $a=v \frac{dv}{dx}$. Can ...
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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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Is the continuity of a vector field enough for the existence of the solution of a differential equation?

I've recently seen the existence-uniqueness theorem for ordinary differential equations from Arnold's book. I understand that the theorem as stated guarantees both existence and uniqueness if the ...
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Laplace Trouble to find solution

Trying to figure out how to use Laplace Transform to find $y(t)$: The problem is $$y''+4y'+4y=f(t)$$ where $f(t) = \cos(\omega t)$ if $0 < t < \pi$ and $f(t)=0$ if $t > \pi$? Initial ...
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Finding a value a for topologically conjugacy between two flows

Let A be a hyperbolic matrix such that all solutions of $\overrightarrow x' = A \overrightarrow x $ tend to the origin at t goes to infinity, and suppose B = $\begin{bmatrix}a-3 & 5 \\ -2 & ...
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Eigenvectors Trajectories

I got stuck with a problem while studying for a control systems exam. It goes as following: "Look at the picture of trajectories of a linear, time-invariant system with the form: ...
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second order DE using reduction of order

Any Hints / details on how to find a second solution for $$x^2y'' + xy' -4y=0?$$ $$y_1 = x^2 y_2$$ I need to use reduction of order thanks
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Choice of the First Term in Legendre Polynomials

The two solutions of the Legendre's Differential Equation obtained by series solution method are : and Now according to my textbook, for the useful polynomial for n equal to a positive integer, ...
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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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Solve the pde $u_t(x,t)=u_{xx}(x,t)-bu(x,t)+q(t)$ for $u(x,t)$

I have the example pde $u_t(x,t)=u_{xx}(x,t)-b(t)u(x,t)+q_0$, where $b(t)$ is a function of only $t$ and $q_0$ is a constant, $0<x<\pi$, $t>0$. The subscripts denote derivatives. I also have ...
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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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Hard Differential Equation. Please help.

first of all I'm not a mathematician, so I apologize if any of my understanding and terminology isn't up to par. Also, I've never used this website (or any of these kind of question/answer) websites ...
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Calculate half life of esters

I'm trying to calculate the level of testosterone released from different testosterone esters. Here are some graphs of testosterone levels after single injections of 250mg of each ester. Testo U ...
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Express differential equations as system of first order equations

Express the differential equation $$y'''-6y''-y'+6y=0$$ as a system of first order equations i.e. a matrix equation of the form $$A(\vec x)'=0$$ where $$\vec x\text{ is the vector }\left[ ...
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Considering the linear system $Y'=AY$

What would be an equation that I can use when I compute the eigenpairs for the coefficient matrix $A.$
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Differential Equation - $y'=5|y|^{4/5}, y(0)=0$

in the spirit of this question I ask about this one. $y'=5|y|^{4/5}, y(0)=0$ If $y> 0$ then $$y'=5|y|^{4/5}\iff y'=5^{-1}y^{4/5}\iff 5^{-1}y'y^{-4/5}=1\iff y^{1/5}=x+C\\ \iff ...
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Differential Equation - $y'=|y|+1, y(0)=0$

The equation is $y'=|y|+1, y(0)=0$. Suppose $y$ is a solution on an interval $I$. Let $x\in I$. If $y(x)\ge 0$ then $$y'(x)=|y(x)|+1\iff y'(x)=y(x)+1\iff \frac{y'(x)}{y(x)+1}=1\\ \iff \ln ...
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butcher tableau runge kutta methods

Hi I have had a go at this question- am i heading in the right direction? it would be much appreciated if someone could me Write the Butcher Tableau for the 1-stage $\theta$ method: $$U^n ...
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Generalized “Worm on the rubber band ” problem

I found this « Worm on the rubber band » problem in Concrete Mathematics book. A slow worm $W$ starts at one end of a meter-long rubber band and crawls one centimetre per minute toward the other end. ...
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Seemingly easy Ordinary Differential Equation

For which values of $T$ can we find a unique solution of the ODE $x''(t) = −x(t) $ satisfying the boundary conditions $x(0) = a_1$ and $x(T) = a_2$ for any values of $a_1$ and $a_2$ ? I can solve ...
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How to find the order of accuracy of this implicit RK method (using Taylor series)?

I want to get the order of accuracy (local truncation error - LTE) of this implicit 2-step method. The first step is Backward Euler to determine an approximation to the value at the midpoint in time, ...
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Numerical Approximation of Differential Equations with Midpoint Method

I want to proof that the local truncation error of the Midpoint Method is $d_{k+1}=O\left(h^{3}\right)$ Approach The local truncation error is defined as: ...
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Modelling population with $\frac{dP}{dt}=P(\beta - \delta P)$

The population $P(t)$ of a biological species can be modelled by $$ \frac{dP}{dt}=P(\beta - \delta P) $$ subject to $P(0)=P_0$ where $\beta$ is the birth rate and $\delta$ is the death rate. ...
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Differentiation - simple case

In the book calculus made easy, page 22 the case of the negative power for $y=x^{-2}$ $$\begin{align} y+dy & =(x+dx)^{-2}\tag{1}\\ \\ & = x^{-2}\left(1+\frac{dx}{x}\right)^{-2}\tag{2} ...
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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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Tricky Separable Differential Equation

Please guide me: $y' + ay +b = 0$ (a not zero) is supposed to be separable and has solution $y = ce^{-ax} - \frac ba$ Here is my start to this problem: $\frac{dy}{dx} + ay = -b$ is as far as I can ...
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How can I solve these pde's?

Three different problem I got: 1.. $xu_x+2x^2u_y-u=x^2e^x$ and $u(x,x^2+x)=xe^x+x^2$ 2.. $yu_{xx}+(x+y)u_{xy}+xu_{yy}=0, \quad x\neq y$ 3.. $(y+xu)u_x+(x+yu)u_y=u^2-1$ Couldnt even start. Could ...
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Proving a function is Lipschitz continuous

Show that the following function is Lipschitz continuous and find a Lipschitz constant $$y\mapsto f(x,y)\\ f(x,y)=\frac{y}{x}\ln(\frac{y}{x})\text{ , } |x-1|\leq\frac{1}{2}\text{ , } ...
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How to solve this differential equation system?

The following system is given: $$ \dot{x} = y + z \\ \dot{y} = x + z \\ \dot{z} = x + y $$ The first thing I did was to find out the eigenvalues. I found out, that -1 is a doubled and 2 a single ...
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Differential equation with random variable

How can I derive analytically or compute numerically the solution to following differential equation $$ dy/dt = y\cdot X\cdot (y\cdot X - g(y,X))\cdot X $$ where X is a random variable (e.g. from a ...
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I.V.P $y'=\sin(e^{y}), y(0)=a$

Is the I.V.P: $$\begin{cases} \dfrac{dy}{dx}=\sin(e^{y})\\[8pt] y(0)=a \end{cases} \text{ where } a\in \mathbb{R}$$ a) Find the values ​​of $a$ for which $y(x, a)=0$ b) Prove that if $a=0$ then ...