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Solving the differential equation $\frac{dy}{dx}=\frac{3x+4y+7}{x-2y-11}$

How do we solve the differential equation $$\frac{dy}{dx}=\frac{3x+4y+7}{x-2y-11}$$? I tried substituting $v=yx$ but I do not seem to be getting anywhere.Putting $u=x-2y$ yielded nothing better. ...
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Periodic solution of differential equation y′=f(y)

Let $f∈C^∞(ℝ^2,ℝ^2)$ and $∀x∈ℝ^2$ $f(kx)=k^2f(x)$ for $k∈ℝ$ Show that any periodic solution of $y′=f(y)$ is constant. My attempt : Let $\lambda \in \mathbb{R}$. Let $g$ a periodic solution ...
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ODE Laplace Transforms: what impulse brings an oscillating system to rest?

$2y''+y'+2y=\delta(t-5)$ $y(0)=0, y'(0)=0$ Consider the system given by ODE above in which an oscillation is excited by a unit impulse at $t=5$. Suppose that it is desired to bring the system to ...
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Restricted Three-Body Problem

The movement of a spacecraft between Earth and the Moon is an example of the infamous Three Body Problem. It is said that a general analytical solution for TBP is not known because of the complexity ...
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Geometric series of an operator

In solving a first order linear differential equation $(1-D)y=x^2$ where $D\equiv \frac{d}{dx}$ the way I learnt was that we proceed as ...
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General solution for $y^{iv}+ 2y''+y=\cos x$

Here is another problem from Mathews and Walker that has given me some trouble. 1-18. Find the general solution of $y^{iv}+ 2y''+y=\cos x$. Note: Thanks, everyone, for clearing up the ...
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projectile motion (with height) complicated

When a child standing on a horizontal path throws a ball, it leaves her hand from a point that is 90cm vertically above the path. The ball clears a 4.5 m high wall that is 10.5 m away from ...
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Green's function in a moving frame for a constant heat source

I am looking for the Green's function of the problem in two dimensions $r =(x,z)$, \begin{equation} \nabla^2g + \frac{v}{D}\frac{\partial g}{\partial z} = -\delta (r-r_0) \end{equation} Which ...
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Limit of solution of linear system of ODEs as $t\to \infty$

I am completely stuck on the following problem: Consider the linear system: $x'(t)=A(t)x(t)$ where $A(t)$ is an $n$ by $n$ matrix. Assume that $\lim_{t\to \infty}A(t)=B$. Suppose that each eigenvalue ...
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Background for studying and understanding Stochastic differential equations

Assume I have back ground of the following knowledge based on the textbook as : ODE : ODE by Tenenbaum Baby probability : Ross 's baby probability Baby real anlysis : Bartle's introduction to real ...
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Some Scaling Estimate for Heat Kernel

NOTE. I have rewritten the question to summarize my current progress on this question. The bounty is for completing what I have done so far, or by offering a more elegant solution probably based on ...
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The characteristic polynomial of a recurrence relation.

If I have a linear homogeneous recurrence relation $$y_n=c_1y_{n-1}+\ldots+c_ky_{n-k},$$ I can get its characteristic equation, which is $$r^k=c_1r^{k-1}+\ldots+c_k.$$ In particular for ...
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Special Differential Equation (continued-2)

May you help me out in solving inhomogeneous differential equation looking like[this is radial part of Schrodinger equation]: ...
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Help with solving differential Equation using Exact Equation method

I need to learn how to solve differential equations using either the Exact Equation Approach and or the Special Integrating Factor methods. Below is a differential Equation to solve. $(2xy^2 + \cos ...
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Initial-value problem for non-linear partial differential equation $y_x^2=k/y_t^2-1$

For this problem, $y$ is a function of two variables: one space variable $x$ and one time variable $t$. $k > 0$ is some constant. And $x$ takes is value in the interval $[0, 1]$ and $t \ge 0$. At ...
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Polar coordinates differential equation

I have the following ODE: $$\dot x=-y(x^2+y^2), \dot y=x(x^2+y^2)$$ I want to sketch the phase portrait (manually) and I want to find the flow $\phi_t$, the orbit $O(x_0)$ and the limit set ...
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Explain the error term in Euler method

Task: I had to find out some estimates for M and L to make sure the proportional accucrazy is not above $10^{-4}$ in the Euler method with the problem below. I am trying to understand the page 672 on ...
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particular solution of $4y''-y= \sin(x)\cdot \cos(x/2)$

So I'm working with a nonhomogeneous second order differential equation: $$4y''-y=\sin(x)\cos(x/2).$$ I know that the general solution, $y$, equals $y_c + y_p$ where $y_c$ is the general ...
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Stability analysis for a system of two differential equations

I have this system of differential equations: \begin{equation} \frac{dx}{dt}=\alpha x-\beta xy\\ \frac{dy}{dt}=\beta xy-\gamma y \end{equation} I need to find the critical points and then do a ...
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Counter-example to Cauchy-Peano-Arzela theorem

I was looking for a counter-example to Cauchy-Peano-Arzela theorem. I found this paper (in french) from Dieudonné. [acta.fyx.hu] Take $E = c_0$ to be the space of real sequences converging to $0$, ...
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perturbation question

I'm a little stuck with a problem and I was hoping that you guys could help. Question: A projectile is fired up from the earth with an initial velocity of $v_0$ upwards. Accounting for air resistance, ...
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How to get the linear equation system for finite element method from the variational formulation

Let the problem be $$-u'' + a(x) u = f , \;x \in \Omega = ]0,1[ , \;u(0) = \alpha ; \;u(1) = \beta,$$ where $f \in L^2(\Omega) , a(x) \geq a_0 > 0 , a(x) \in L^{\infty}(\Omega).$ This problem ...
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resources to study PDE from

I am an undergrad engineering student. I recently completed my second year, with that said, I have taken several calculus courses. Most recently I completed differential equations and multivariable ...
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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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Stability analysis, or, Can we prove this limit to be zero?

Let's think about this ODE $$ \dot{y}(t) = \gamma \left(g(t) - y(t)\right),\quad \gamma > 0, $$ where $g(t)$ is a Lipschitz continuous function. It can be seen that the value of $y(\cdot)$ goes ...
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second derivative of the inverse function

I know that the derivative of the inverse function of $f(x)$ is $g'(y) = \frac{1}{f'(x)}$ But how to derive the formula for the second derivative of g(y) knowing that $\left[\frac{1}{f(x)}\right]' = ...
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Cat Dog problem using integration

Consider this equation : $$\sqrt{\left( \frac{dy\cdot u\,dt}{L}\right)^2+(dy)^2}=v\,dt,$$ where $t$ varies from $0$ to $T$ , and $y$ varies from $0$ to $L$. Now how to proceed ? This equation ...
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solution of a ODE with a funtion of $\dot{x}$

I have the equation: $$m\ddot{x}(t)+kx(t)=A$$ with m, k as constants and $$A = \left\{ \begin{array}{lr} a & : \dot{x}(t) <0\\ -a & : \dot{x}(t) >0 \end{array} ...
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Converting an ODE in polar form

Convert the ODE system $$ \dot{x}=\begin{pmatrix}a(t) & b(t)\\c(t) & d(t)\end{pmatrix}x $$ into polar form. You should get two equations $$ \frac{d}{dt}\Phi(t)=...\\ ...
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Does $\int_{-\infty}^{\infty}{\frac{\mathrm{exp}(-t^2)}{t-iz} dt}=i \sqrt{\pi} e^{z^2} \mathrm{erfc}(z)$ hold for all $z$?

I have been working on a calculation that involves the following type of integral: $$ f(z)={\frac{1}{i\sqrt{\pi}}}\int_{-\infty}^{\infty}{\frac{e^{-t^2}}{t-iz} dt} \hspace{1.5cm} z \in \Bbb{C} ...
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Linear equation solving

I cant solve $tx'+\dfrac{tx}{\sqrt{1+t^3}}=1$ I have tried to do it like an homogenian but i cant integrate $\dfrac{1}{\sqrt{1+t^3}}$ so i suposse it must be done by another method
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Understanding differentials

What is a good reference to learn about differentials and related topics. Some of my questions are: Why is it possible to split $dy/dx$ into individual terms $dx$ and $dy$? In a separated ...
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Comparison theorem for systems of ODE

Let vector-function $x(t)$ satisfy a differential equation $$ \dot x = f(x), $$ and a vector-function $y($t) satisfy a differential inequality $$ \dot y \leq f(y) $$ with starting positions $y(0) ...
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Easy way to solve this non-linear second degree DY $\sqrt{y}\;y''=1$?

I prooceeded by integrating both sides $$y'=\int y^{-\frac{1}{2}} dx=\cdots$$ so I got $(y')^{2}+C y' - \frac{1}{2} \sqrt{y} = 0$ but I am thinking that I am proceeding the wrong or the ...
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Suggestions for a Global Analysis book

can somebody tell me some good books or lecture notes in "global analysis" ? I am a newcomer in this subject. thanks in advance. greetings trito
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Help on solving an apparently simple differential equation

I need help to find an analytical solution to: $$p''(x)-k_1xp'(x)-k_2p(x)=0 \text{ where } k_1,k_2\in\mathbb R^+$$ with boundary conditions $p'(0)=0, p(r)=p(-r)=k_3$ where ...
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Show that $\Psi_{t*}\mathbb{X}-\Phi_{t*}\mathbb{X}=\mathbb{X}-\mathbb{Y} $

Let $\mathbb{X},\mathbb{Y}$ be vector fields and let $\Phi_t$ denote the flow of $\mathbb{X}$. Given that $\displaystyle \frac{\partial}{\partial t}\Phi_{t*}\mathbb{Y} ...
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Practical applications of first order exact ODE?

In elementary ODE textbooks, an early chapter is usually dedicated to first order equations. It is very common to see individual sections dedicated to separable equations, exact equations, and general ...
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Solutions for $ \frac{dy}{dx}=y $?

Al-right, this may be a very basic question but I'm confused about this. We all know that one differential equation can only have one solution. Consider: $$ \frac{dy}{dx}=y $$ The solution is: $$ ...
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General Solution of a Differential Equation using Green's Function

My father recently lent me an old textbook of his, called Mathematical Methods of Physics by Mathews and Walker. I am working on the following exercise. Consider the differential equation ...
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Energy estimate of the differential equation $\dot{x}=Ax$

Conside the differential equation $$\dot{x}=Ax,\qquad x(t):{\bf R}\to{\mathcal H}$$ where $\mathcal{H}$ is a Hilbert space and $A$ is a bounded linear operator. With the initial condition, one can ...
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Modelling a Water Rocket. Requires Some Validation and Help. ( WARNING : Extremely Long but Interesting Post )

Good day people of math.stackexchange.com This is a pet project that I plan to use to convince my Prof that I would rather try something similar to this than to do the prescribed project. Edit : ...
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What went wrong?

Intrigued by this question, one-dimensional inverse square laws, I started to try to find an answer and came up with what follows. However, I calculated the derivatives to double check myself, and ...
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Proof Strategy for a Dynamical System of Points on the Plane

I have a rather simple-looking system which exhibits a particular behaviour in simulation, and I would now like to attempt to prove this formally. The problem is, I don't really know where to start, ...
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Estimating rate of blow up of an ODE

Suppose I have a differential equation $x'=f(x)$ and $f(x)>0$ grows super-linearly. I.e., $\lim_{|x| \rightarrow \infty} |f(x)|/|x| \rightarrow \infty$. Several related questions: (1) Can I ...
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Modelling forces acting on a sail

I'd like to create a basic model of the forces acting on a sail (wind sail, like a tail ship) A couple of things I was thinking about: 1) can create a very simple model where wind is 'one' force ...
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Under what conditions can a function $ y: \mathbb{R} \to \mathbb{R} $ be expressed as $ \dfrac{z'}{z} $?

Can an arbitrary function $ y: \mathbb{R} \to \mathbb{R} $ always be expressed as $ \dfrac{z'}{z} $ for some differentiable function $ z: \mathbb{R} \to \mathbb{R} $, or are additional conditions on $ ...
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Can a nice enough ODE always be extended to the complex plane?

Suppose I have a first-order ODE $y' = f(x, y)$, where $y: \mathbb{R} \to \mathbb{R}$, and $f \in \mathbb{R}[x, y]$. Consider $f^\mathbb{C} = i(f)$, where $i: \mathbb{R}[x, y] \to \mathbb{C}[x, y]$ is ...
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How to solve exact equations by integrating factors?

I know how to solve an exact equation like $$M(x,y) + N(x,y)y=0 $$ We just check $$\frac{\partial M}{\partial y} =\frac{\partial N}{\partial x} $$ If so, then it's just a little bit of algebra, ...
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Legendre polynomials, Laguerre polynomials: Basic concept

I am asking a simple conceptual question. I saw in many Mathematics and Mathematical physics text books that the Legendre polynomials and Laguerre polynomials "falling from the sky"! I mean, I didn't ...