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$\frac{dy}{dx} = 3y^{2/3}$ general solution?

What's the general solution of $\frac{dy}{dx} = 3y^{2/3}$ ? Im pretty sure this is a separable equation, but I'm not sure how to go forward? Just multiply by $dx$ and $\frac{1}{3y^{2/3}}$ well then I ...
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What's so special about sine? (Concerning $y'' = -y$)

In an attempt to actually grok sine, I came across the $y''= -y$ definition. This is incredibly cool, but it leads me to a whole new series of questions. Sine seems pretty prevalent ...
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Solving Differential Functional Equation $f(2x)=2f(x)f'(x)$

Find all functions satisfying $f(2x)=2f'(x)f(x)$ Under given condition, can't we find explicit solutions?
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Osgood condition

Let $h$ and $g$ be continuous, non-decreasing and concave functions in the interval $[0,\infty)$ with $h(0)=g(0)=0$ and $h(x)>0$ and $g(x)>0$ for $x>0$ such that both satisfy the Osgood ...
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How to make a smart guess for this ODE

I am dealing with a strange problem currently, we have a differential equation $$y(x)^2 = \pm \sqrt{-A \cos(x) - B \cos^2(x)+y'(x)-C},$$ where $C, A$ and $B $ are parameters. (The case that either ...
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What is, how do you use, and why do you use differentials? What are their practical uses?

What is a differential? And how is it useful? What is its practical use? For example, in Electromagnetic Wave Theory as it pertains to diffraction gratings, we have an equation like this one: ...
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Eigenfunctions of the Laplacian

I am willing to offer a bounty for this one, so I will give you an exact idea of what I need: I am looking for solutions of $$\Delta \Psi(r,\theta)=k^2\Psi(r,\theta)$$ where $k\in \mathbb{R}$. Such ...
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Numerical Analysis References

Could anyone suggest any good (perhaps online ref papers) reference material on numerical analysis focusing on determining accuracy/estimated errors, rates/orders of convergence especially when ...
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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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When do the Freshman's dream product and quotient rules for differentiation hold?

This is motivated by looking at the calculus exams of some of my undergraduate students. A recurring mistake is assuming that the derivative of the product of functions is a product of derivatives and ...
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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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Methods to solve differential equations

We are given the equation $$\frac{1}{f(x)} \cdot \frac{d\left(f(x)\right)}{dx} = x^3.$$ To solve it, "multiply by $dx$" and integrate: $\frac{x^4}{4} + C = \ln \left( f(x) \right)$ But $dx$ is not a ...
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Particular solution to a Riccati equation $y' = 1 + 2y + xy^2$

The equation is $y' = 1 + 2y + xy^2$. I've tried $mx+n$, $ax^m$, even $\tan x$ as candidates for particular solution where $a,m,n \in \mathbb Q$, but it did not work. Can anyone find one particular ...
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Solve PDE by getting two ODEs

My goal is to solve this PDE for $f:[-1,1] \times \mathbb{R}_{\ge 0}\rightarrow \mathbb{C}$ $$ \partial_t f(x,t) = -\partial_x^2 f(x,t) + g(t)V(x)f(x,t).$$ I would consider this PDE to be solved if ...
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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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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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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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The characteristic polynomial of a recurrence relation.

If I have a linear homogeneous recurrence relation $$y_n=c_1y_{n-1}+\ldots+c_ky_{n-k},$$ I can get its characteristic equation, which is $$r^k=c_1r^{k-1}+\ldots+c_k.$$ In particular for ...
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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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Initial-value problem for non-linear partial differential equation $y_x^2=k/y_t^2-1$

For this problem, $y$ is a function of two variables: one space variable $x$ and one time variable $t$. $k > 0$ is some constant. And $x$ takes is value in the interval $[0, 1]$ and $t \ge 0$. At ...
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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 ...