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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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Finding the modified Green function for the Helmholtz equation

I've been wrestling with this question for quite some time now, and the result was like 20 leaves of paper packed with scribbling...anyway, here's the question: I need to find the solution to the ...
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sufficient conditions for finite time of existence of integral curves of a vector field

Let $U\subset \mathbb{R}^2$ open, $\partial U\neq \varnothing$, $V\colon U\rightarrow \mathbb{R}^2$ smooth. Let $c\colon [0,t_{max})\rightarrow U$ be an integral curve of $V$, where $t_{max}$ is the ...
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How to solve $\int_{x}^{x+a} f_X(u) du=e^{-2\lambda_1 x} \int_{x-a}^{x} f_X(u) du$

How to solve equation of the type \begin{align*} \int_{x}^{x+a} f(u) du=e^{-\lambda x} \int_{x-a}^{x} f(u) du \end{align*} we want to solve for $f(x)$ where $\lambda,a$ are some constants. Things I ...
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Differential Equation Direction field

What i want to achieve: I want to plot the direction fields of the following three differential equations: 1. Malthusian growth model: $p'(t)=\lambda*p(t)$ with $\lambda=1$ and $p(t)=t$ 2. Linear ...
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Convergance of DASPK for a non-linear DAE

I have a system of non-linear DAE and I noticed that the system does not converge if some of the equations are not differentiated. For example, if the control volume equation is represented as this: ...
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What is the general way to rewrite an ODE with respect to a change in coordinates?

I have an ODE : $y' = f(x, y)$ I change for coordinates $(r, s) = (g(x, y), h(x, y))$. What is the equation like in terms of r and s ? If it can help, in my case, $(r, s) = (y.x^{-k}, ln(x))$. I can ...
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Differential Equations of Transformed System

At the moment I'm struggling with a problem I found in a script to one of my lectures: Let $\phi \in C^\infty(\mathbb{R}^{2n})$ have the property that the system $p_i=\frac{\partial}{\partial ...
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A line integral equation popped up when trying to derive Exact ODE integrating factor, can it be solved analytically?

(For convenience, for any functions, only its first instance the x,y dependence will be written out, all subsequent instance the x,y will be suppressed) I have an ODE $$M(x,y)+N(x,y)\frac{dy}{dx}=0$$ ...
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Stability of non-autonomous stochastic differential equation

I'm looking for a good reference or insight to under what conditions can I prove stability (or instability) for the following general n-dimensional non-autonomous stochastic differential equation: ...
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Determining linear independence of three simple functions for a third order ODE. (2.9-7)

This is a very similar post to one previous by me but I felt that not all questions were satisfactorily answered. But I am sincerely grateful to those who tried. I would like a sharp independent eye ...
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suggestion for lyapunov function

Consider differential equation \begin{align}x'&=-t(x+y)\\ y'&=-y+x-y(y^2-6).\end{align} Can some one suggest a lyapunov function for it. I have examined $V(x,y)=x^2+y^2$ , ...
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Find the critical curves for the following functional

Find the critical curves for the following functional : $$J[y(x),z(x)]=\int_{0}^{1}(y'^2+z'^2-xyz'-yz)dx$$ With the conditions : $$K[y(x),z(x)]=\int_{0}^{1}(y'^2-xy'-z'^2)dx=2$$ $$y(1)=z(1)=1$$ ...
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Two linear independent functions have zero Wronski

Suppose $f$ and $g$ are linear independent $C^1$ functions on $[a,b]$ and there Wronski det is zero, i.e. $$fg^{'}-f^{'}g=0$$ Can we say there exist an point $t_0\in [a,b]$ such that: ...
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Why is the basin of an asymptotically stable solution to a differential equation an open set?

Why is the basin of an asymptotically stable solution to a differential equation an open set? The basin is defined as the set off all points s.t. their limit at $t = \infty$ is equal to some solution ...
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Pursuit Curve, Parametric Equation

So its a classic problem: Object A starts at the origin (0,0) and moves straight up the y axis with a speed v. Object B starts at point (1,0), always moves towards object A and has a speed of 2v. ...
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Wronskian and roots

I am given an ODE $$-y''(x) + q(x) y(x) = \lambda y(x),$$ and let $y_1,y_2$ be two solutions to this ODE on $[a,b]$ to two different values $\lambda_1 \neq \lambda_2$(on the right side of this ...
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a system with differential equations

I have a system which is described by the following differential equation. I want a closed form formulas to calculate $v_1(t)$ and $v_2(t)$ with the given parameters. In the following equations $p, k, ...
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Recursive differential equations

Suppose we took the odd solution to $y''+y=0$ which is $\sin(x)$. If we put this in place of $y$ in the differential equation we get the equation: $$y''+\sin(y)=0$$ the odd solution to which is an ...
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best book for practicing unsolved problems in differential equation and linear algebra

I started reading differential equation and linear algebra. Can anyone provide the link/book name where I may get many questions to practice. Generally, in the end of book only few problems are there. ...
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Is the Fourier transform a tame linear operator?

$\mathcal{F}:C^{\infty}_{0}(B^d)\to L_{1}^{\infty}(\mathbb{R}^{d},\mu,w)$ $\mathcal{F}(f)=\hat{f}$ I'd like show that $\left\|\mathcal{F}(f)\right\|_{n}\leq\left\| f ...
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Equilibrium points and linear stability

Consider the nondimensional amplitude equation for $A = A(t)$ where $t$ is time given by (1): $$ \frac{dA}{dt} = \sigma A - a_1 A^3 - a_3 A^5 = f(A) \text{ with } \sigma \in \mathbb{R}, a_1 < 0, ...
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Arnold ODE Problem

Problem 1 of Section 1.2.4 of Arnold's ODE book asks, "Can the integral curves of a smooth (continuously differentiable) equation $\frac{dx}{dt} = v(x)$ approach each other faster than exponentially ...
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Master equation of chemical reaction

I have about the construction of master equation for chemical reaction i.e. I have to construct differential equations for the probability mass function for the number of particles A, B and C. When ...
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Why does this nonlinear ODE solution not work?

I am relatively new to Python and trying to use it to solve a second order nonlinear differential equation, specifically the Poisson-Boltzmann equation in an electrolyte. $$\phi''(r) + \frac2 ...
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Identifying Hamiltonian Systems with Phase Portrait

the following is a homework question (that isn't going to be graded) and I'm not sure how to do it. I know that the solution trajectories cannot cross the H(x,y)=constant curves, but I'm not sure ...
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BVP eigenvalue problem

I am working on the following problem and I am completely stuck: Show that the eigenvalue problem $$ -u''+4\pi^{2}\int_{0}^{1} u(x)\,dx=\lambda\,u $$ with $u(0)=u(1)$ and $u'(0)=u'(1)$ has ...
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Stability of an equilibrium solution with 0 denominator

I'm testing the equilibria of a differential equation and found that one has a 0 denominator. Example: $$\frac{dx}{dt}=2x^{(1/2)}-5$$ Which, when you try and evaluate the derivative at 0, you end up ...
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Stuck trying to solve wave equation in $n$-dimensions.

Solving the wave equation $u_{tt} = c^{2} \Delta{u}$ subject to $u(0,x) = f(x)$ and $u_{t}(0,x) = g(x)$ gives us d'Alembert's formula. I'm looking to solve the wave equation, subject to these same ...
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solving this differential equation for $y$, Is it even possible?

Lets say I have the following: \begin{gather} \frac{(y')^3 + 3 y' y'' + y'''}{(y')^2 + y''} = \sqrt{1+(y')^2}\\ \frac{((y')^3+3y' y'' + y''')^2}{((y')^2 + y'')^2} = 1+(y')^2\\ \frac{(y')^6 + 6 (y')^4 ...
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Riccati differential equation

The Riccati differential equation, $y'=x+y^2$ is special equation. I know that how can I solve it, but my problem is that I don't have initial conditions, and I firstly need a particular solution. How ...
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Sources on Jacobi Elliptic Functions

I'm interested in learning more about the Jacobi Elliptic Functions and the associated theta functions. For instance, what was the initial motivation for defining them? What are some applications? Is ...
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Initial conditions to solve an ODE?

Given is the following inhomogenous linear ODE (4th order): $$q_0\cdot\sigma + q_1\cdot \dot\sigma + q_2\cdot \ddot\sigma + q_3\cdot \dddot\sigma + q_4\cdot\ddddot\sigma = p_0\cdot\epsilon + ...
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Solving $2y'''(t)+3t\ y(t)=0$.

For a certain problem, I am trying to solve the ODE $$2y'''(t)+3t\ y(t)=0$$ I am pretty clueless what to do here, any hint would be appreciated. Thank you very much.
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Differential Equation. VERY small problem

I want to ask a question later, after I show you this TESTING: x^2 = 1 Differentiate both sides 2x = 0 TESTING: x = 1 Differentiate both sides dx/dx = 0 1 = 0 So when can I differentiate both ...
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How to find Laplace transform of a differential equation?

$y′′ + 3y′ + 2y = f$ , $y(0) = 0$ , $y′(0) = 1$ where $f$ is given by $f(t) = \sum_{n=1}^\infty \delta(t−n)$; find a 1-periodic function $y_*$ with $\lim_{t\rightarrow \infty} |y(t)−y_*(t)| = 0$. I ...
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How to solve system of stochastic differential equations?

I have the following two SDEs $$dN_1=(2a-1)pN_1dt+\alpha_1 N_1dW_1$$ $$dN_2=(2pN_1-\mu N_2)dt+\alpha_2 N_2dW_2$$ $W$ is the standard Brownian motion/Weiner process. This isn't homework, I'm just ...
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Second order differential equation, power series method

Solve the differential equation $$(x+2)y''-xy'+(1-x^2)y=0 ; \quad X_0=1$$ using the power series method about the point $x_0=1$. I get to this step after deriving the derivatives of the ...
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How is it possible to continue solutions for a differential equation along t?

Given the equation $y' = e^{\sin y+t} + t\cos(y)$. I rewrote it as $$ y(t) = y(0) + \int_{0}^{t}ye^{\sin y+t}+t\cos y $$ I'm asked to prove that every solution can be continued for every t. I know ...
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Study of a system of differential equations

I'm asked to study everything that is possible to know about the sytem$$\begin{cases}x'=x^2-y^2\\y'=2xy\\z'=-z\end{cases}$$ My questions here is, how much can be know about it?, how do I know I ...
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Find an integrating factor such that $y'=\frac{1-x+y}{x-y}$ is exact

Yet another question of this sort, and hopefully the last. In the previous question I posted, we were lucky enough and the integrating factor was a function of only one variable, the ansatz $\mu_y=0$ ...
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Annoying differential equation involving composition

Upon trying to crack into a problem, I managed to end up with the following differential equation. $$ y = xy' - y'\circ y', \qquad\text{or}\qquad y(x) = x\cdot y'(x) - y'(y'(x)) $$ I haven't a clue ...
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Solution of differential equation $x'=Ax$ where $A=PJP^{-1}$

Let $A$ be a $n\times n$ matrix. Suppose $A=PJP^{-1}$ being $J$ the Jordan form of $A$. Prove that if $x(t)=(x_1(t),\dots,x_n(t))$ is a solution for $x'=Ax$, then ...
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Find the 3rd order DE whose general solution is $ y= C_1e^{2x} + C_2\cos x + C_3 x\sin x $

My attempt $$ \begin{matrix} y &=& C_1e^{2x} &+& C_2\cos x &+& C_3x\sin x\\ y' &=& 2C_1e^{2x} &-& C_2\sin x &+ &C_3(\sin x &+& x\cos x)\\ ...