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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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How do I solve this differential equation?

$y^{(7)}+4y^{(6)}+8y^{(5)}+9y^{(4)}+8y^{(3)}+8y^{(2)}+8y^{(1)}+4y=e^{-x} (5sinx-cosx) $ The characteristic equation $ \lambda ^7 +4\lambda ^6+8\lambda ^5+ 9\lambda ^4 +8\lambda ^3+8\lambda ^2+8\...
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Cauchy-Euler Equation of order $n$

What I wish to prove is that for a Cauchy-Euler equation of order $n$, the substitution $x=e^{t}$ transforms it into a linear differential equation with constant coefficients. To put it as a theorem: ...
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Differential Equation has a unique solution periodic

Let $A(t)$ continuous and periodic of period $S$ in $\mathbb{R}$. Suppose $x' = Ax$ has $\varphi \equiv 0$ as the only periodic solution of period $S$. Show that there exists $\delta> 0$ such that ...
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Invertible e converges series.

If T is a linear transformation on $R^n$ with $||T - I||<1$, prove that $T$ is invertible and that the series $\sum_{k=0}^\infty(I-T)^k$ converges absolutely to $T^{-1}.$ (Use the geometric series)
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Are any solutions lost when solving non-exact differential equations?

I have just started studying differential equations, one of the problems I found while I was practicing is "Consider the equation $$ (y^2 + 2xy)dx - x^2 dy=0 $$ (a) Show that this equation is not ...
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Solve ODE by Fourier transform, and versus by Laplace transform?

Regarding solving ODE by Fourier transform, I read a nice reply by O.L.. After applying Fourier transform to an ODE to obtain an algebraic equation, the reply showed that some terms involving the ...
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Show that this initial-value problem has a unique solution

I am trying to show that the following initial-value problem $$\frac{dx}{dt} = - x + tx^{1/2}; \quad x(2) = 2$$ has a unique solution on $I = [2,3]$. By letting $f(t,x) = - x + tx^{1/2}$ and $(t_0 ,...
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How to integrate/differentiate parameters in differential equations

I have an ODE, which I would be fine about solving, were it not for the parameter: $$(\omega^2+x^2)\frac{dy}{dx}=y$$ I'm given that $\omega>0$ is a parameter. Separating the variables gives: $$\...
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Would the transformation of a differential equation obey the same algebra?

I've found that the algebra of this differential equation $$\frac{d^2y}{dz^2}-(3z^2+\gamma)\frac{dy}{dz}+(cz+\alpha)y=0$$ is in $sl(2)$ because it is possible to use the generators of the $sl(2)$ ...
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Measurability of points regular

I'm reviewing the proof of the theorem of oseledet the book Mañe: Let $M$ a compact metric space and $f:M \rightarrow M$ a homeomorphism, $\pi: F \rightarrow M$ a finite-dimensional continuos vector ...
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Qualitative dependence of solution to second-order matrix differential equation on eigenvalues

Suppose we have a matrix differential equation in $\vec{x}(t)=\left(\begin{smallmatrix}x_{1}(t) \\ \vdots \\ x_{n}(t)\end{smallmatrix}\right)$, such that: $$\frac{\mathrm{d}^{2}\vec{x}}{\mathrm{d}t^{...
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ODE with delta function

Consider the following ODE $$y''+a\delta (x)y+\lambda y=0$$ subject to the initial conditions $$y(\pm\pi )=0$$ (1) Show that there is a set of eigenvalues $$\tan (\pi \sqrt{\lambda })=\frac{2\sqrt{\...
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boundary conditions after change of variables

Given the nonlinear boundary value problem on $[0,1]$ $$ a_1 y'^2 - a_2y'^{5/2} - a_3y'' + y''y'^{1/2} = 0 \quad y(0) = 0, y(1) = 1 \tag 1 $$ If I change variables $s=y'^{1/2}$, then (1) becomes the ...
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Can't match boundary conditions on a perturbation series solution to a non-linear ODE?

I'm trying to generate a naive perturbation series solution (with all associated secular terms included) to the Rayleigh equation: \begin{equation} \frac{d^2y}{dt^2} + y = \epsilon \bigg(\frac{dy}{dt}...
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Merton's Problem Stochastic Differential Equation

Solve the following numerical case of Merton's optimal portfolio selection problem: find an optimal policy function $(s, y) \mapsto u(s, y)$ such that for the Ito diusion determined by $dX_t =X_t(u(t, ...
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solve nonlinear second order ODE

I obtained Nonlinear second order differential equation as $y\cdot y''+y'^2-m\cdot y^{-a}y'^2+k=0$, Where $y'= \dfrac{dy}{dx}$, $y''=\dfrac{d^2y}{dx^2}$. I could not obtain the solution so please ...
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Lyapunov Function and $\omega$-limit sets

I will ask you about a particular equation but what I would really enjoy is an (if possible, comprehensive) answer to the following question : How can we, using a Lyapunov function, study the $\omega$-...
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dropping a particle into a vector field, part 3

Okay, so I've been independently trying to study basic systems of differential equations as they relate to dropping a particle into a vector field. I have had two previous posts on the matter trying ...
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What Happens At An Equilibrium Point For An Autonomous First-Order Differential Equation.

Let $\frac{dx}{dt} =f(x)$ be an autonomous first-order differential equation with equilibrium point at $x_0$. a) Suppose $f'(x_0) = 0$. What can you say about the behaviour of the solution near $x_0$....
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A probable inspiring proof to Poincare lemma

Poincare lemma says if a smooth $p$-form $\omega$ is closed, then $\omega$ must be exact. Let's put it in another way, it says the solution of $d\omega=0$ is $\omega=d\eta$ for some $(p-1)$-form $\...
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Singular solution to $(x+2y)y'=1$

I have a problem and I got most of the solution, but don't understand how to proceed. The problem is to solve: $$(x+2y)y'=1, \qquad y(0)=-1.$$ Here is my reasoning: Substitute $z = x+2y$. Then $z'=...
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Causality in Dirac delta forced harmonic oscillator

If I take the simple forced harmonic oscillator equation, apply the Fourier transform to both sides, and assuming the forcing function is a Dirac delta function (at the origin) I get: $ F(s) = \frac ...
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Sturm-liouville problem, first eigenvalue

Any idea to solve the Sturm-Liouville Problem $$ -\cos^{2}(t)g''+n\sin(t)\cos(t)g'-(n+1)\cos^{2}(t)g=(\delta)g, $$ with $t\in[\epsilon,0]$, and boundary conditions $g(\epsilon)=g(0)=0$? We may ...
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A photon in expanding Universe (a snail on a tree)

I want to know how far a snail can reach in expanding universe. It has a constant speed c = 1 and tree is expanding at speed $v= H_0 D$, with Hubble constant $H_0 = 1$. Here D(T) is the distance of ...
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Differential equation $y'(t) = 1-y(t) e^{y(t)-1}$

I am interested in finding a clean explicit solution (if possible) to the differential equation $$ y'(t) = 1-y(t) e^{y(t)-1}, $$ where $0 \le t < 1$ and $0 \le y \le 1$. This can obviously be ...
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System of many non-linear (quadratic) first order O.D.E. (numerical strategy or simplification)

I have a large system (N>100) of equations $\frac{d\vec{P}}{dt}= A(t) + B(t) \vec{P} + \vec{P}^T C(t) \vec{P}$ where $\vec{P}$ is a vector of N functions of the variable t. What is the correct ...
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Stability of limit cycle

What can be said about the stability of the limit cycle for $r=1$ of the equation $$\dot{r}=(r^2-1)\cdot (2 r \cos(\phi) - 1), \dot{\phi}=1?$$ This is a problem posed in Arnol'd's book on ODEs. ...
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Pure differential equation whose solution is a siluroid?

I am trying to find a differential equation for the siluroid that DOES NOT contain explicitly $\theta$, $\sin\theta$, or $\cos\theta$, but only $\rho$, $\dot\rho$, $\ddot\rho$. The siluroid equation ...
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Solve a differential equation using Fourier series

Assume I have a second order differential equation $\ddot{x} = F(x,\dot{x})$ (or an equivalent equation of first order) and that I know there is a periodic solution to it (for simplicity's sake, ...
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George Simmons' “Differential Equations with Applications and Historical Notes” vs. “Differential Equations: Theory, Technique, and Practice”

I've heard much acclaim for George F. Simmons' "Differential Equations with Applications and Historical Notes" (2nd edition). I've noticed there's a newer book by Simmons and Krantz entitled "...
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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 $$[-(\frac{1+\sqrt{5}}{...
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ODE: continuous dependence on parameters

Is it true that the solutions of the problem: $$\begin{cases} \frac{\text{d}}{\text{d} s} [s^{2-2/N} u^\prime (s)] + \frac{\lambda}{c_N^2}\ u(s)=0 \\ u(\bar{s})=1\\ u^\prime (\bar{s})=-\frac{\lambda}{...
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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) + m(l_2\ddot{\theta}_2\cos\theta_2-l_2\dot{\theta}_2^...
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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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Prove that the first positive root of the solution to the Lane-Emden equation increases steadily with $n$.

Let $\lambda$ be the first positive value for which $y=0$ where $y(x)$ satisfy the following differential equation $$ y''+\frac{2}{x}y'+y^n=0,\qquad\text{where }n\in\mathbb{R},\ y(0)=1,\text{ and }\ y'...
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What's this called? $\mathbb{C}[d/dx]$

The 'ring of differential operators wrt x' ? Thx.
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Check my solution - Modelling of a spring with Differential Equation

I am doing some work with differential equations. I have solved the following problem but am uncertain if I'm doing it correctly. Could someone look over it for me and check if I'm doing something ...
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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 \\ \frac{dK}{dt}=-\...
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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 ...