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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 ...
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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 ...