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Solving $ T' = 0 $ for distributions in $\mathbb{R}^n$

Denoting $ T \in \mathcal{D}'(\mathbb{R}^n) $ as distributions with $ T_f(\varphi) = \int_{\mathbb{R}^n} f\varphi\ dx $, I wish to prove the distribution solution of the equation $ T' = 0 $ ...
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Links to pdf-articles or books where there is an information on some linear integral operator

Please write me links to pdf-articles or books where there is some information on properties of operators like these: $$ (Af)(x,y)=\int_{D}\frac{f(z) \, dz}{|x-z| |z-y|} $$ or $$ (Bf)(x,y)=\int_D ...
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Find $\alpha$ such that $y'=\sqrt{1+y^4}-|y|^\alpha$ has global solutions

How do I find $\alpha$ such that $y'=\sqrt{1+y^4}-|y|^\alpha$ has global solutions? For example, imposing $y'=0$ for $\alpha=4$ we get that for solutions with starting point in ...
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Existence Theorem for Geodesics

The text I am reading now defined geodesics to be those curves that satisfy the following differential equation: $\ddot{\gamma}^k(t)+\dot{\gamma}^i(t)\dot{\gamma}^j(t)\Gamma^k_{ij}(\gamma(t)) = 0$ ...
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Second order equations on manifolds

In my notes, the lecturer considers a smooth vector field $v: TM\to T(TM)$, with $M$ a smooth manifold. Let's write $$v(u,e)=((u,e), (a(u,e),b(u,e)).$$ It is said that $v$ is a second order equation ...
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Behaviour of $r'=r-r^3 , \theta'=(\sin\theta)^2+a$

What are the local and global behavior of solutions of $r'=r-r^3$ $\theta'=(\sin\theta)^2+a$ at the bifurcation value $a=-1$?
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Integrating angular velocity to obtain orientation

Suppose that $\gamma:[0,1]\to \operatorname{SO}(3)$ is a path in the space of orientation preserving rotations of $\mathbb R^3$. It is classical that we can find a corresponding $\omega:[0,1]\to ...
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Complex nonlinear differential equation

I have the following nonlinear differential equation: $$\ddot z(t)-\sin(z(t))=0$$ where $z(t)$ is a complex variable. The solution of the same equation with $z(t)$ real, is a function of Jacobi ...
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system of implicit nonlinear differential equations

Here I have a system of nonlinear differential equations: $ (M+2m)\ddot{x} + m(l_1 \ddot{\theta}_1\cos\theta_1 - l_1\dot{\theta}_1^2\sin\theta_1) + ...
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The linearization of a gradient vector field along a heteroclinic connection

A gradient vector field $X$ in $\mathbb{R}^n$ has two equilibria $x_1, x_2$. The vector field defines a cooperative dynamical system. The linearization about $x_1$ has one positive eigenvalues and ...
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IVP Perturbation With Small Non-Linear Term

EDIT: Sorry to bump this without having anything extra to add, but I still cannot reconcile my solution with what was asked (in (2)). Could someone with expertise in this subject take a look? I ...
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What's this called? $\mathbb{C}[d/dx]$

The 'ring of differential operators wrt x' ? Thx.
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Harmonic oscillator with stochastic forcing

It's well known that the solution of the differential equation: $$\ddot x(t)+\omega^2x(t)=\sin(\psi t)$$ has the form: $$x(t)=C_1 \sin(\omega t)+C_2 \cos(\omega t)-\frac{\sin(\psi ...
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Prove there are at least two periodic solutions

Could anyone comment on the following ODE problem? Thank you. Given a 2-d system in polar coordinates: $$\dot{r}=r+r^{5}-r^{3}(1+\sin^{2}\theta)$$ $$\dot{\theta}=1$$ Prove that there are at least ...
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Gompertz growth equation

:) Hi! I'm almost finished with a homework problem, but I cannot quite finish it. The problem is as follows: Given the Gompertz growth equation $$\frac{dN}{dt}=K(t)N(t),\ N(0)=N_0 \\ ...
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Solving geodesic problems with Euler-Lagrange equation

This is the question: Problem B.1 Two cities - Tel-Aviv, Israel and SanDiego, CA - have the same latitude 32 ◦ N, but, different longitudes: Tel-Aviv is 34 ◦ E and San-Diego is 117 ◦ W. What is the ...
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Satisfying a Differential Equation and complex Laguerre

I have the following problem Show that $$L_n(x)=\frac{e^x}{2 \pi i}\oint \frac{t^n e^{-t}}{(t-x)^{n+1}}dt$$ satisfies $$x\, L_n^{\prime\prime}+(1-x)L_n^\prime+n\, L_n=0$$ where the contour is ...
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Lebesgue Line Integrals - Parametric Change of Variables

Consider the following Lebesgue integral in $\mathbb{R}^n$ $$ \int_C f(x) dx $$ Where $f : \mathbb{R}^n \rightarrow \mathbb{R}$ is measurable and $C$ is a measurable subset of $\mathbb{R}^n$ that ...
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Approximating a system of differential equations as a Bézier curve

I am looking for a general transform to approximate the solution to an n-dimensional system of differential equations and initial conditions as a cubic or quadratic Bézier curve. Sorry if my ...
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Finding $\mathbf r(t)$ for the parameterized two-body equations of motion

I'm trying to understand the equations of two-body motion. Namely, given the position, velocity and mass of two orbiting bodies at time $t$, how can I explicitly find their position and velocity for ...
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Differential equation, eigenvalues and eigenfunctions

How does one find all the permissible values of $b$ for $-{d\over dx}(-e^{ax}y')-ae^{ax}y=be^{ax}y$ with boundary conditions $y(0)=y(1)=0$? I assume we have a discrete set of $\{b_n\}$ where they ...
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Special forms of ODEs

In my previous question, @Gerben suggested that it is more likely that WA recognizes an ODE in"Sturm-Liouville" form. Is there a reason for this particular form being preferred to the usual ...
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Inequality of ODE solutions

Says I have two (scalar) ODE: $u' = f(u,t)$ and $v' = g(v,t)$ where Both $f$ and $g$ are piecewise-continuous and locally Lipschitz, for existence & uniqueness of solutions $u(t)$ and ...
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Differential equation with some constraints

I'd like $\alpha,\beta,\gamma$ as functions of $t$, satisfying the following conditions: $$ \begin{align} \alpha+\beta+\gamma & = 0 \\ \sin^2\alpha + \sin^2\beta + \sin^2\gamma & = c^2 \\ ...
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Half-life versus relaxation time

Question: What is the exact relationship between half-life and relaxation time? I just wanted to nail down the difference/similarity between these two concepts. I did a web search, and even found a ...
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Series of nested double integrals

This is kind of a follow-up of my previous question. I'm investigating the following infinite series of nested two-dimensional integrals $$\sigma(t,t^\prime) = 1 - \int_{t^\prime}^t\mathrm dt_1 ...
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Differential Equations of Infinite Order

As a physicist I was playing with some QM problem and stumbled upon an ordinary differential equation of infinite order (coefficients are polynomials) that could be cast in the form: ...
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An estimate for the left point in a BVP

Let $\alpha \geq 1$. Suppose that for each $c\geq c_0>0$ there exists a point $\xi (c) \in ]0,1[$ s.t. the BVP: $$\begin{cases} [x^\alpha u^\prime (x)]^\prime +c\ u(x)=0 &\text{, in } ...
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Find extremum of functional

I want to find the extremum of $$J(y)= \int_1^2 \frac{\sqrt{1+y'^2}}{x}dx, \ y(1)=0, \ \ y(2)=1$$ I thought to use the following theorem: If $y$ is a local extremum for the functional $J(y)= ...
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Solving differential equation with Fourier-series-inhomogenity

Let $\lambda$ be a real number , $(c_k)$ a complex sequence with $\mid c_k \mid \leq C(1+\mid k \mid)^{-2}$ for all k with a constant $C \geq 0 $. Find all periodic, two times differentiable ...
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Continuation of differential equation

Suppose I have a differential equation $$\dot{x} = f(x)$$ which has global solution for any initial value $x(0) \in \mathcal{S}$. Is there some theorem defining conditions under which this equation ...
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Prove the $f_1, f_2$ is a basis of linear subspace of solution of differential equation

Let $p,q \in C(\mathbb{R}), L_{pq} = \{f \in C^2(\mathbb{R}):f^{(2)} + pf^{(1)} +q f = 0\} $ For each $(a,b)^T \in \mathbb{R}^2$ there is only one $f \in L_{pq}$ with $(f(0),f'(0)) = (a,b)$ 1- ...
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$V$ is $C^1$ and $V(x_0)=0$ and $ \nabla V $ is not zero $\{ x : V(x)= c \}$ is a surface with no edge around $x_0$

I am studying lyapanov second method in stablity theory of ODE. I have encountered a geometric lemma which says the following: Assume $ V:\mathbb R^n \to \mathbb R$ is a $C^1$ and $x_0 \in \mathbb ...
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Division of two series expansions

I have the two functions $u(x)$ and $v(x)$, both of which have known basis expansions $u(x) = \sum_n a_n f_n(x)$, $v(x) = \sum_n b_n f_n(x)$. I would like to calculate the function ...
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Certain Lie algebra structure on $\chi^{\infty}(\mathbb{R}^{2})$ or $\chi^{\infty}(S^{2})$

Is there a lie algebra structure $ [ \;. ] $ on $\chi^{\infty}(\mathbb{R}^{2})$ or $\chi^{\infty}(\mathbb{S}^{2})$ which is not isomorphic to the standard structures but satisfies the following: ...
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Theoretical and computational results of ODE differ a lot! Why?

Hello. I have a problem in that my theoretical and practical(computational) calculations differ a lot. in 1 order of magnitude actually. Impulse I needed to jump over the saddle point in one ...
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Connection between possibility of non-monotonic solutions to first-order delay differential equations and 1-d discrete dynamical systems?

Is there a connection between the possibility of non-monotonic solutions, including periodic or other oscillatory solutions, arising in first-order autonomous delay differential equations such as the ...
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Is there a test for tractability of nonlinear differential equations?

After lengthy attempts at tackling the problem one might say that coming up with a closed form solution for a nonlinear differential equation is not possible - that the problem is intractable. But is ...
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ordinary differential equations

I am trying to understand how the solution of this equation goes: $$\frac{y^2-1}{y}\cdot \sin(x^3)=\frac{dy}{dx}$$ with initial condition $y(0)=-0.5$ I would like to understand if the solution can ...
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Clarification of Fuchs's theorem

Here is Fuchs's theorem My professor has been saying the last couple of classes that if $p(t)$ and $q(t)$ are polynomials, then the second order differential equation converges everywhere. He hasn't ...
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What are all types of elementary second order ordinary differential equation that can not be expressed in closed form?

Can we define all types of elementary second order ordinary differential equation that can not be expressed in closed form as opposed to the one that we can solve? In differential algebra, ...
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General solution of $ty'+2y=4t^2$

Should we left the general solution of the differential equation $t\frac{dy}{dx}+2y=4t^2$ as $t^2y=t^4+c$ instead of $y=t^2+c/(t^2)$ ($c$ is an arbitrary constant)? Does the solution $y=t^2+c/(t^2)$ ...
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PDE question: heat equation (third order??)

I am familiar with the usual heat equation, however, my lecturer gave me this problem and it does not look like anything I have ever seen (in my whole entire life and I am not just being dramatic). ...
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Equillibria to Differential Equations

I am wondering what the exact definition is of an equilibrium to a differential equation. It seems like the general consensus implies that a differential equation will only have an equilibrium if it ...
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Asymptotic Behavior of Differential Equation

physicist here. I'm studying some problems that involve the use of differential equations. The professor of the course has indicated that usually variable changes used to simplify the equations come ...
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For what types of differential equations is the Laplace transform most effective?

I'm reviewing for a final exam and want to make sure I know what tools to use for what situations, and was just wondering if there were situations where the Laplace transform is unusable or less ...
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Partial Differential Equations Black Scholes Problem

Part 1) Consider the Black-Scholes problem $$\frac{\partial A}{\partial t}+\frac{\sigma^2B^2}{2}\frac{\partial^2A}{\partial B^2}+rB\frac{\partial A}{\partial B}-rA=0 ...
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ODE from systems biology, can I generalize this? Have solution but not sure how to arrive at it.

Reading a systems biology book, and it describes a model with the following ODE: $$ \frac{dY}{dt} = -\gamma Y + v_1 X_1 (T - Y) + v_2 X_2 (T - Y)$$ where $Y$, $T$, $T - Y$, $X_i$, $a$ and $v_i$ are ...
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Is there an elegant proof of this elementary bifurcation theory result?

Let's suppose I have a $C^1$ function $f:\mathbb{R}\times\mathbb{R}\rightarrow\mathbb{R}$, $(x,\lambda)\mapsto f(x,\lambda)$. Suppose there is a unique solution of the equation $f(x,\lambda_1)=0$, ...
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Find the points at which an IVP admits at least two solutions

Given the IVP: $$\frac{dy}{dx} = x + |\sin(y)|$$ $$y(x_0) = y_0$$ Find the points in $\mathbb R^2$ at which this IVP admits at least two solutions. Clearly, $f(x,y) = x + |\sin(y)|$ is Lipschitz ...