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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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A 6 meter ladder…

A $6$ meter long ladder leans with a vertical wall and top of the ladder is 3 meters above the ground.If it slips at a rate of $2$ m/s then how fast the level is decreasing from the wall? My attempt:...
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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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Sum of square of function

If $f'(x) = g(x)$ and $g'(x) = - f(x)$ for all real $x$ and $f(5) =2 =f'(5)$ then we have to find $f^2$$(10) + g^2(10)$ I tried but got stuck
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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 J_m(\alpha)...
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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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Laplace's equation in rectangle geometry

Consider Laplace's equation in a rectangle with length and width of a and b respectively, with following boundary conditions: All the boundaries with $x < a/2$ have Drichlet boundary condition ...
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Explain Dot product with Partial derivatives in Polar-coordinates

Related to page 819 prob 4 in this book. I am incorrectly calculating the left-hand-side (def. LHS), some newbie error with commutativity probably. Ideas? Errors? I propose $(\hat{e}_r\partial_r)\...
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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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Show that Bessel function $J_n(x)$ satisfies Bessel's differential equation.

here is the question: For each positive integer $n$, the Bessel function $J_n(x)$ may be defined by $$J_n(x) = \frac{x^n}{1\cdot 3\cdot 5\cdots(2n-1)\pi}\int^1_{-1}(1-t^2)^{n-1/2}\cos(xt) \, dt$$ ...
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Getting equation from differential equations

I have: $\dfrac {dx} {dt}$=$-x+y$ $\dfrac {dy}{dt}$=$-x-y$ and I am trying to find $x(t)$ and $y(t)$ given that $x(0)=0$ and $y(0)=1$ I know to do this I need to decouple the equations so that I ...
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dropping a particle into a vector field

I'm independently studying Colley's Vector Calculus and am on the section on line integrals. I understand that the line integral gives the amount of work done on a vector field for a predetermined ...
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Stability of autonomous linear systems of ODEs

Let $A$ be an $n\times n$ real matrix, and let's consider the linear system of ODEs $x'=Ax$. I'm trying to characterize the Lyapunov stability of the origin according to the real part of the ...
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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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Complementary Solution = Homogenous solution?

I have calculated solutions to homogenous equations but is the complementary solution mentioned here the same as the homogenous solution? Let's take example $y''-3y'+2y=\cos(wx)$ and now ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Differential equation for Harmonic Motion

Particle undergoes simple harmonic motion. Initially Its displacement is $1$, velocity $1$ and acceleration is $-12$ Compute displacement and acceleration when the velocity is square root of $8$. ...
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The solution of ODE $k'(x) = r(k(x))$ is infinitely differentiable if $r$ is

If there is a function $r(x)$ that is infinitely differentiable, prove that $k(x)$ is also infinitely differentiable if $k'(x) = r(k(x))$ for all $x$. I am trying to somehow prove using induction. ...
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$(\partial_{tt}+\partial_t-\nabla^2)f(r,t)=0$

Hi I am trying to find the kernel of the linear differential operator $D$ $$ D\equiv\partial_{tt}+b\partial_t-a\nabla^2,\quad a,b>0. $$ We have $$ \nabla^2\equiv \frac{1}{r}\partial_r(r\partial_r)-...
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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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Differential equations - Relation between the number of solutions and the order

The case $\mathbb{C}[z, e^{\lambda z} \mid \lambda \in \mathbb{C}]$: I want to show that in the ring $\mathbb{C}[z, e^{\lambda z} \mid \lambda \in \mathbb{C}]$ each differential equation has a ...
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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 of Constant”` -method to solve linear DYs?

My school instructs to use some method called "variation of constant" (first page here) to solve linear DY more in my earlier question here. I think I solved the ...
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Number of tangents

Why there is no points where tangent does not exist for the curve y =sgn($x^2$$-1$) As there are breaks in its graph so I think there should be three points where it is discontinous but it is not so ...
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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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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 u^2-nu^2](4\pi\tau)^{-n/...
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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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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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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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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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“Constrained” numerical solutions of ODEs with conservation laws?

I know little about numerical methods and I was considering the following problem that possibly has standard solution in the literature. Suppose you have an ODE for wich we already know that it must ...
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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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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 $f(x) = g(x) = 0$....
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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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Second-order nonlinear ODE with Dirac Delta

Can anyone help me with the following differential equation? $$ 2x(t)x''(t) - x'(t)^2 + kx(t)^2\delta(t - a) =0, $$ where $\delta$ represents the Dirac Delta. I tried Mathematica but with no luck. ...
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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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Series solution to $y''-xy'-y=0$

So I'm learning to solve ODE's with series on my own using Boyce and DiPrima and exercise #3 is irking me...just looking for power series solutions around the ordinary point... $$y''-xy'-y=0$$ So I ...
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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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Relation between Heaviside step function to Dirac Delta function

I understand that "delta function" is a distribution, not a function, as in it acts on another integrand, picking out the value of that integrand at a specific point. The discontinuous function is ...
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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 $a_1 = 0$ c)...
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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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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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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 ...