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Is ODE theory useful for developing numerical solvers for ODEs?

I will be doing research in developing numerical solvers for ODEs. I was wondering if knowledge of ODE theory will be useful and if so in what ways. I am asking because, I am inclined to take a ...
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Adding a delta function to a differential equation

So say I have a differential equation of the form: $$ \left(\alpha \frac{d^2}{dx^2}+fx^2 \right)y(x)=\lambda y(x) $$ Whose solutions are known (a Gaussian multiplying a Hermite polynomial.) I am now ...
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second order differential equation with Green's function

I need to solve following differential equation \begin{eqnarray} y''(x) - k = \delta(x-x_0) \end{eqnarray} subject to conditions: \begin{eqnarray} y(x=-a) = 0 \\ y(x=b) = p \end{eqnarray} Is it ...
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using ode45 for descriptive forms

Using Matlab what would be the most efficient way to solve, $A_1x'(t) = A_2x(t)$, where both $A_1$ and $A_2$ are $n\times n$ matrices. Both are sparse matrices and hence I want to avoid inversion. ...
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Finding a solution basis of differential equation

Find a solution basis of $$y'=\left[ \begin{matrix}3&-4&-2\\2&-3&-2\\0&0&1\\ \end{matrix} \right]y \,\text{ and find the solution } \Phi \text{ with } \Phi(0) = (1,1,1).$$ I'm ...
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Quaternion conversion

We have a normalized orthogonal co-ordinate frame travelling through the curve as in figure 1 below, from one end to other. Let us call starting end as A and ending end as B. What we know is initial ...
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Special properties of bounded functions

I have a problem understanding the reasons as to why under some circumstances a term can be omitted due to it being a part of a bounded function, and I hoped to get some clarity to this here. There is ...
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Growth condition in differential equation and vanishing solution at boundaries

In a discussion on solving a partial differential equation I lately read: "Under a standard growth condition on the solution at infinity, the resulting PDE is fully specified without boundary ...
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What is the solution to the system $\frac{df_n}{dt} = kf_{n-1}-(k+l)f_n+lf_{n+1}$?

I'm trying to solve the system $$ \begin{matrix} & \frac{df_1}{dt} = kf_1+lf_2 \\ & \vdots \\ & \frac{df_n}{dt} = kf_{n-1}-(k+l)f_n+lf_{n+1} \\ & \vdots \\ & \frac{df_N}{dt} = ...
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Derivative of terminal state w.r.t. the inital conditions.

Let $x\in R^n$ and consider the system $$ \dot{x}=f(t,x) \;\;\mbox{with}\;\; x(0)=x_0 $$ and suppose that we know it's exact or very accurate solution $x(t)$ for the time interval $[0,T]$. I'm ...
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Please identify this equation: $\nabla^2 \mathbf F -k^2 \mathbf F = \mathbf A$

Is this equation $$ \nabla^2 \mathbf F -k^2 \mathbf F = \mathbf A $$ somehow named? F and A are vector fields. I guess inhomogeneous sign reversed Helmholtz equation isn't appropriate ...
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How to solve the following an ODE?

Let $x,y,z$ be a given point in $\mathbb{R}^3$. How to solve $(x'(t),y'(t),z'(t))=(x(x+y+z), y(x+y+z),z(x+y+z))$?
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Eigenvalues problem for generalized Kuramoto-Sivashinsky equation

I been working on Kuramoto-Sivashinsky Equation. In the process of analysis, I need to solve the following eigenvalues problem $$ -u_{xxxx}-\lambda u_{xx}=\beta(\lambda)u $$ where $\lambda$ is a ...
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ODE particular solution (physics)

I have to do this exercise: ($Z(t)=I(t)$, it's printed wrong). I have a doubt about the first item. To find all resonance when $R=1$, I found the particular solution $I_{p}(t)=A\sin(\omega ...
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Computation of the Frenet-Serret trihedron in $\Bbb L^3$ (Lorentz-Minkowski space)

Consider $\Bbb L^3 = (\Bbb R^3, \langle , \rangle)$, with the convention $$\langle (x_1,y_1,z_1), (x_2,y_2,z_2)\rangle = x_1x_2+y_1y_2 - z_1z_2$$ and $\| v \| = \sqrt{|\langle v, v \rangle|}$. Let ...
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How to solve this complicated differential equation?

I need to know how to solve this complicated differential equation in $z$ either analytically or numerically : \begin{eqnarray} \frac{dx_1}{dz} &=& -ib_1x_1 - ikx_2 \\ \frac{dx_2}{dz} ...
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General solution of ODE

please what is the general solution of $$-(p(t)u')'+q(t)u=0$$ where $\displaystyle\frac{1}{p},\frac{1}{q}\in L^1((0,+\infty))$ Thank you
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Solution to Schrödinger equation $ \partial_t f(x,t) = -\partial_x^2 f(x,t) + \delta(t)V(x)f(x,t).$

I want to solve $$ i\partial_t f(x,t) = -\partial_x^2 f(x,t) + \delta(t-t_0)V(x)f(x,t),$$ for any $V \in C^{\infty}[-1,1]$ and $f: [-1,1] \times \mathbb{R_{\ge 0}} \rightarrow \mathbb{C}$. I would ...
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Power series to solve differential equations?

We can use the formula $$F(x)=e^{λx} [ ρ-λμ-\dfrac{1}{2} λ^2 σ^2 ]^{-1}. (1) $$ to derive an expression for F(x) when f(x) is any integer power $x^n$. Begin by observing that for the ...
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Is two-body motion planar?

The two-body problem studies the motion of two bodies under the influence of their gravitational attraction. Following the notation used in Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Two-body_problem, ...
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Differential Equations and Eigenvalues

I have the following system of differential equations: $$\left\{\begin{aligned} \frac {dx} {dt}=-4x+2y \\ \frac {dy} {dt}=-\frac 5 2x+2y \end{aligned} \right. $$ Which corresponds to the following ...
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Solving an infinite non autonomous system of differential equations.

For all $\lambda\in\mathbb{R}$, let $J(\lambda)$ be the infinite matrix where $(J(\lambda))_{nn}=\lambda$, $(J(\lambda))_{n,n+1}=1$ for all $n\in\mathbb{N}$, and all other entries are $0$. This matrix ...
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Derivation of the prolongation formula for finding symmetries of diff equations from Olver

I am having a problem with the derivation of the prolongation formula from PJ Olver's text :"Applications of Lie groups to differential equations" Page 105,106. Considering a differential equation ...
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Stability analysis of a three-dimensional system

Study the stability of the equilibrium point $(y,q,z)=(0,0,0)$. (Hypothesis: $\nu,\theta,\zeta$ are positive.) $$\begin{align} \dot{y}&=y(1-\nu -\theta -y-z+\theta y-(\nu +\zeta)q)\\ ...
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How to solve this system of inhomogeneous differential equations

In some past exam papers for the Maths course that I attend,I found this example and I would really appreciate if someone looked at my solution. It goes like this: Find general solution to $$ y_1' = ...
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Tips to find the second solution for homogenous second order ODE

Suppose we have some second order ODE $p(x)y''(x) + q(x)y'(x) + r(x)y(x) = 0$ and that the coefficients are such that we can find a solution using Frobenius method, that is: $$y_1(x) = ...
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Analytical solutions of Thomas Fermi equation

The Thomas Fermi model of atoms and nuclei is used in many applications of atomic and nuclear physics. The ODE related to this model is: $$\frac{d^2}{dx^2}\phi(x)=x^{-\frac{1}{2}}\phi(x)^{3/2}$$ with ...
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List of IVP known to have periodic solutions

I am looking for a list or review article describing differential equations and corresponding initial conditions which result in periodic solutions.
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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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What does it mean to say a differential equation is an eigenvalue problem?

My text says the following $$ \frac{\mathrm d}{\mathrm dx}\left(x^2 \frac{\mathrm dy}{\mathrm dx}\right) + \lambda y = 0,\;\;\;0\le x\le 1,\; y(1)=c\ge0$$ is an "eigenvalue problem". I don't ...
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Drawing phase portrait

This is the question in my textbook. I am a bit lost for 3 hours now. Could anyone please point me to the right direction? Let the $2 \times 2$ matrix $A$ have real, distinct eigenvalues $\lambda$ ...
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Solution to the differential equation $\frac{1}{2}\dot K-K^2+K=0$?

The solution the differential equation $\frac{1}{2}\dot K-K^2+K=0$ is given in the picture below Picture My solution $\frac{\mathrm{d} K}{2(K^2-K)}=\mathrm{d} t$ and ...
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Interior Products

Over on the Wiki page for interior products: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Interior_product There is a line that says $\iota_X \alpha = \alpha(X) = \langle \alpha,X \rangle$ where $\alpha$ is a ...
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Differential vs difference equations in mathematical modeling

I'm reading a little about mathematical modeling and I've seen some population models based on differential equations. I've also seen some (not many) that can support both difference and differential ...
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Prove that a function is locally Lipschitz

I am studying the paper "F. D. Araruna, P. Braz E Silva, E. Zuazua, Asymptotic limits and stabilization for the 1D nonlinear Mindlin-Timoshenko ...
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Periodic Solution of Riccati Equation

I want to know for which condition on "$a$" and "$k$", i.e. for which function of $a(k)$, the following Riccati equation, with the initial condition $u(0)=ia$ ($i^2=-1$), have periodic solution with ...
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Inverse Laplace Transform of $\frac{2s+5}{s^2+4s+13} $ (Check My Solution)

I have solved, just need someone to check my solution is correct. My answer is - $$2e^{-2t}\cos(3t) + \dfrac{1}{3} e^{-2t}\sin(3t)$$ Thanks
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Under which conditions the solution to a linear system of ODE has a limit?

Consider a system of the form; $$\mathbf{x}'(t)=A(t)\mathbf{x}(t)+\mathbf{f}(t),$$ $$\mathbf{x}(0)=\mathbf{b},$$ where $$\mathbf{x}(t)=(x_1(t),\ldots,x_n(t)),$$ ...
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Show that $x' = Ax$ is an attractor if end only if there is a quadratic form $q$ positive definite such that $Dq(x) . Ax < 0$ for all $x \neq 0$

Show that $x' = Ax$ is an attractor if end only if there is a quadratic form $q$ positive definite such that $$Dq(x) . Ax < 0$$ for all $x \neq 0$ Definition: a linear system $x' = Ax$ called ...
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Existence and uniqueness of initial value problem in differential equation

consider the following equation: $$ y'=y^{\frac{1}{3}}, \,y(0)=0 $$ My question is how can I prove the existence and uniqueness of solutions of this initial value problem without solving the ...
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Counterexample to Peano's theorem in infinite dimension

Would you like a counter example that Peano's theorem does not apply to spaces with infinite dimension. Peano theorem: Let E be a space with finite dimension, consider a point $(t_0,x_0) \in \Re ...
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Uniqueness of the solution to a certain IVP

Let $f:[0,1]\to[0,1]$ be a strictly decreasing, continuous function with $f(0)=1$ and $f(1)=0$, and consider the following IVP: $$\frac{dy}{dt}=f(x(t))-y(t), \ \ \ y(0)=0$$ ...
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Existence of a solution of a nonlinear ODE

I have to show, that the nonlinear ODE $$u'(t)-2u''(t) u(t)=-1,\quad u(0)=1,\,u'(0)=0$$ has a unique solution $v(t)\in C^2(0,T)$ on any Interval $[0,T]$, $T>0$ and that $$\max_{0\leq t\leq ...
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Solve by separating variables

$$\frac{dy}{dt}=e^y +1$$ I've tried: $$dy/dt - e^y = 1 $$ $$\Leftrightarrow y' - e^y dt = 1 dt$$ But I'm not sure what to do next or if I'm even doing this right!
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Homogeneous second-order differential equation with constant Wronskian

Problem Prove that if the Wronskian of an two solutions of differential equation $y''+p(x)y'+q(x)y=0$ is constant, then $p(x)$ is zero. My attempt. : Let $y_1$ and $y_2$ are solutions of given ...
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How to maximize speed of rest position approach of nonlinearly damped spring oscillator?

Inspired by comments to answer for this question: Suppose we have a system which is described by the equation $$\ddot x=-x+g(\dot x),$$ with initial conditions $x(0)=1$, $\dot x(0)=0$. If ...
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Proving the existence of a periodic solution

For a particular homework problem, I need to show that the differential equation: \begin{equation*} y^{\prime\prime}(x) - \frac{1-(y^{\prime}(x))^{2}}{1+(y^{\prime}(x))^{2}}y^{\prime} + y(x) = 0 ...
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Solution regarding Power Series and ODE's

About 4 months ago I posted Series solution to $y''-xy'-y=0$. I ran through the analysis and it appeared that I solved the ODE . The solution seemed to be ...
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Second order nonlinear ordinary differential equation. Help please

Can someone help me with this differential equation $$ay''(t)y(t)+2y'(t)=\left(b+\frac{c}{t^2}\right)y(t)^2$$
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non-smooth minmal surfaces and differenteial equations

This is the equation for a function $u(x,y)$ whose graph is a minimal surface (its mean curvature is $0$): $$(1+u_x^2)u_{yy}-2u_xu_yu_{xy}+(1+u_y^2)u_{xx}=0$$ My question is if there are non-smooth ...