# Tagged Questions

Questions on (ordinary) differential equations. For questions specifically concerning partial differential equations, use the (pde) tag.

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### Finding the exact solution of a differential equation

Let $y=f(x)$. Is it possible to find an exact solution of the following differential equation?: $$\ddot y+2\dot y-5xy=e^{-2x}\nonumber$$ Many thanks in advance, -- Cesar
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### Let $Z=Z(x,y)$ be a solution of $\frac{\partial z}{\partial x}\frac{\partial z}{\partial y}$ = 1

Let $Z=Z(x,y)$ be a solution of $$\frac{\partial z}{∂x}\frac{\partial z}{\partial y} = 1$$ passing through $(0,0,0)$. Then $Z(0,1)$ is 0 1 2 4 By Charpit Method I get the solution ...
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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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### Green's function the way George Green defined it

This is a curious question about the way George Green could have defined his Green's function. All the definitions I see have only Dirac-delta $\delta(x-x')$ function as their source on the RHS. But ...
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### Door mechanism differential equation

I have been wondering about a door mechanism I have seen. It has a wire attached to the upper corner of the door and from there to the corresponding corner in the door frame, where a weight hangs from ...
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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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### 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 ...