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Basic Differential Equations

Suppose there are two lakes located on a stream. Clean water flows into the first lake, then the water from the first lake flows into the second lake, and then water from the second lake flows further ...
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Integrating absolute value function

I'm working on a problem drawing phase plane diagrams in my applied mathematics course. I'm supposed to draw the phase line diagram of $x''+\vert x\vert=0.$ In the process, I get to the differential ...
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Solve a differential equation and evaluate the solution at a particular value of independent variable

If $\frac{dy(x)}{dx}=(2-3i)y(x)$ where $i=\sqrt{-1}$, what is the value of $y(\pi)$?
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Solution to a second order ordinary differential equation

Let $\beta >0$, $\gamma > 0$, $\omega > 0 $ and $\xi >\xi_0 $. The question is to show that the solution to the following inhomogenous ordinary differential equation: \begin{equation} \...
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How to solve this first-order differential equation?

I have been trying to solve a differential equation as a practice question for my test, but I am just unable to get the correct answer. Please have a look at the D.E: $dy/dx = 1/(3x+\sin(3y))$ My ...
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trouble with non-homogeneous ODE system… which method shall I use?

I am an undergrad statistics student and I am having troubles with non-homogeneous ODE systems. During my classes I went over just three methods for solving odes: Laplace transform, Fourier transform ...
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Division of differential equations

$$\frac{dx(t)}{dy(t)}=\frac{\alpha x(t) - \beta x(t) y(t)}{-\gamma y(t) + \delta x(t)y(t)}$$ How would one simplify this fraction? Maybe the chain rule could be of any use, but I don't see how.
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Find a particular solution of the differential equation $-3y''-2y'+y=3xe^x$

Using the method of undetermined coefficients. Guess $(Ax+B)e^x$ Plug into diff eq: $-3[(Ax+B)e^x]'' - 2[(Ax+B)e^x]' + (Ax+B)e^x = 3xe^x$ Wolfram alpha simplifies this to: $A(x-2)=e^x(4B+3x)$. ...
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Find the velocity of a flow

The question is: Find the velocity of the flow described by the velocity potential given in the polar coordinates $φ$$(r, θ)$ = $θ$, where $x = r cos θ$ and $y = r sin θ$, $r > 0, 0 ≤ θ < 2π$ ...
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Can someone give me an example of how to work out an exact linear second order differential equation?

I have a theorem that states: If an equation $P(x)y''+Q(x)y'+R(x)y=0$ can be written in the form: $$[P(x)y']'+[f(x)y]'=0$$ then the equation is said to be exact. Now I need to expand and equate ...
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Second order ODE - why the extra X for the solution?

Assuming I have the following homogeneous ODE equation: $$a\cdot y'' + b\cdot y' + c \cdot y = 0$$ Why for $(b^2 - 4\cdot a\cdot c=0) \quad $,(meaning, when $m_1=m_2$) then the solution is: $$y = C_1\...
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ODE $y''+ 9y = 6 \cos 3x$

I have this equation: $y''+ 9y = 6 \cos 3x$ $$ m^2 + 9m = 0\\ m(m + 9) = 0\\ m_1 = 0;\\ m_2 = -9;\\ y_h = c_1 + c_2 e^{-9x}\\ r(x) = 6\cos3x\\ y_p = K\cos3x + M\sin3x\\ y'_p ...
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Bring the linear part of a ODE system into a diagonal form

Consider the system $$ \dot{x}=y,\quad\dot{y}=z,\quad\dot{z}=-x-y-z+x^2+az^3. $$ Check that the zero equilibrium has a pair of pure imaginary eigenvalues. Make a linear coordinate ...
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Find the first order system of linear equations

Regard the diff equation: $mϕ′′+aϕ′+(mg/L)ϕ=0$ $ϕ(0)=0.1$ $ϕ′(0)=0$ where $m=0.1,L=1,a=2,$ 1) Rewrite the second order diff equation as a system of first order linear equations. 2) What is the ...
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how to construct a (2nd order) ODE that will be satisfied by a provided fundamental set?

If given a couple of functions and asked to construct an ODE of the form $y'' + q(x)y' + r(x)y = 0$ admitting of that couple as a fundamental set, once we've established that the couple could be a ...
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How to solve implicit differential equation?

Suppose we go from the equation and go backwards: $$y=c\,e^x+e^{2x+c}$$where $c$ is any arbitrary constant. Now, $$y'=c\times(e^x)+(2e^c)\times(e^{2x}).$$ Solving for $c$: we get $$c=\ln\left(\frac{y'-...
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How many $f(x)$ are possible satisfying $f(x)=f'(x)$ and $f(0)=f(1)=0$.

Let $f:[0,1]\to\Bbb{R}$ be a fixed continuous function such that $f$ is differentiable on $(0,1)$ and $f(0)=f(1)=0$. Then the equation $f(x)=f'(x)$ admits how many solutions? The only solution that ...
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Initial values are lost (diff eq to Transfer function)?

I read eternal Julius O. Smith III and he says that $$x_{n-m} = z^{-m}X(z)$$ Particularly, difference relation $$y_{n} = y_{n-1} + x_{n}$$ is solved by by $$Y = z^{-1}Y + X = {X \over (1-z^{-1})...
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Differential Equations: solve the system

Solve the following system: $$dx/dt=-.2(y-2)$$ $$dy/dt=.8(x-2)$$ This is what I have so far, but I got stuck.. $$\begin{eqnarray} dx/dt&=&-.2y-.4\\ x'&=&-.2y-.4\\ x'+.4&=&-....
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$\frac{dy}{dx} = 3y^{2/3}$ general solution?

What's the general solution of $\frac{dy}{dx} = 3y^{2/3}$ ? Im pretty sure this is a separable equation, but I'm not sure how to go forward? Just multiply by $dx$ and $\frac{1}{3y^{2/3}}$ well then I ...
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Solving Special Function Equations Using Lie Symmetries

The Lie group and representation theory approach to special functions, and how they solve the ODEs arising in physics is absolutely amazing. I've given an example of its power below on Bessel's ...
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Why isn't the 3 body problem solvable?

I'm new to this "integrable system" stuff, but from what I've read, if there are as many linearly independent constants of motion that are compatible with respect to the poisson brackets as degrees of ...
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Links between difference and differential equations?

Does there exist any correspondence between difference equations and differential equations? In particular, can one cast some classes of ODEs into difference equations or vice versa?
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Why are mathematician so interested to find theory for solving partial differential equations but not for integral equation?

Why are mathematician so interested to find theory for solving partial differential equations (for example Navier-Stokes equation) but not for integral equations?
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What's so special about sine? (Concerning $y'' = -y$)

In an attempt to actually grok sine, I came across the $y''= -y$ definition. This is incredibly cool, but it leads me to a whole new series of questions. Sine seems pretty prevalent ...
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When does gradient flow not converge?

I've been thinking about gradient flows in the context of Morse theory, where we take a differentiable-enough function $f$ on some space (for now let's say a compact Riemannian manifold $M$) and use ...
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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 $$y'...
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Dual Bases: Finite VS Infinite Dimensional Spaces

Motivation I know that in finite dimensional spaces like a $n$ dimensional Euclidean space $\mathbb{E}^n$, for every basis $G=\{g_1,g_2,...,g_n\}$ we can define a dual basis $G'=\{g^1,g^2,...,g^n\}$ ...
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Why solutions of $y''+(w^2+b(t))y=0$ behave like solutions of $y''+w^2y=0$ at infinity

Assume $w>0$ and $b(t)$ be continuous on $[0,+\infty)$ and $\int_0^\infty |b(t)| dt <\infty$ show that $y''+(w^2+b(t))y=0$ has solution $\phi(t)$ such that $$\lim_{t\to\infty} [(\phi(t)-\sin(wt))...
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Osgood condition

Let $h$ and $g$ be continuous, non-decreasing and concave functions in the interval $[0,\infty)$ with $h(0)=g(0)=0$ and $h(x)>0$ and $g(x)>0$ for $x>0$ such that both satisfy the Osgood ...
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Locally or Globally Lipschitz-functions

Determine if the following function satisfies a local or a a uniform Lipschitz condition. The definition of locally Lipschitz and globally lipschitz are as follows: (i) We say that f is (uniformly) ...
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How do we know that we found all solutions of a differential equation?

I hope that's not an extremely stupid question, but it' been in my mind since I was taught how to solve differential equations in secondary school, and I've never been able to find an answer. For ...
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Solving Differential Functional Equation $f(2x)=2f(x)f'(x)$

Find all functions satisfying $f(2x)=2f'(x)f(x)$ Under given condition, can't we find explicit solutions?
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Tough Inverse Fourier Transform

In reference to this answer I gave the other day, I came across a very interesting function whose IFT would be nice to evaluate as part of completing the solution to the problem I answered. The ...
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Is Lipschitz's condition necessary for existence of unique solution of an I.V.P.?

Is Lipschitz's condition necessary condition or sufficient condition for existence of unique solution of an Initial Value Problem ? I saw in a book that it is sufficient condition. But I want an ...
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Differential Equations without Analytical Solutions

In many talks, I have heard people say that the differential equation they are interested in has no analytical solution. Do they really mean that? That is: Can you prove a differential equation ...
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Closed form for $f(z)^2 + f ' (z)^2 + f ' ' (z) ^2 = 1 $?

Can we give a closed form for $f(z)$ in $$ f(z)^2 + f ' (z)^2 + f ' ' (z) ^2 = 1 $$ Apart from $f(x)= 1$ or $f(x)= -1$. Where " closed form " means in terms of standard functions , integrals and ...
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Examples of nonlinear ordinary differential equations with elementary solutions.

I am looking for nice examples of nonlinear ordinary differential equations that have simple solutions in terms of elementary functions. (But are not trivial to find, like, for example, with ...
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Complicated exercise on ODE

I have this exercise extracted from a examination of qualitative theory of ODE (in which we study the existence and uniqueness of solutions, and stability using the function of Lyapunov) I don't know ...
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What is, how do you use, and why do you use differentials? What are their practical uses?

What is a differential? And how is it useful? What is its practical use? For example, in Electromagnetic Wave Theory as it pertains to diffraction gratings, we have an equation like this one: $$d_s\...
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Methods to solve differential equations

We are given the equation $$\frac{1}{f(x)} \cdot \frac{d\left(f(x)\right)}{dx} = x^3.$$ To solve it, "multiply by $dx$" and integrate: $\frac{x^4}{4} + C = \ln \left( f(x) \right)$ But $dx$ is not a ...
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Numerical Analysis References

Could anyone suggest any good (perhaps online ref papers) reference material on numerical analysis focusing on determining accuracy/estimated errors, rates/orders of convergence especially when ...
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Properties of the solutions to $x'=t-x^2$

Let $f_c$ be the solution to $$ \left\{ \begin{array}{c} x'=t-x^2 \\ x(0) =c \end{array} \right. $$ I'm trying to prove: If $c \geq 0$ then $f_c(t)$ is defined for all $t>0$ There is a ...
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dropping a particle into a vector field, part 2

Okay, so earlier I posted this question "dropping a particle into a vector field " as sort of a feeler question as i study line integrals in order to go into surface integrals and eventually ...
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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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The Green’s function of the boundary value problem

What is the Green’s function of the boundary value problem $$ \frac{\mathrm d^2 y}{\mathrm d x^2}-\frac{1}{x}\frac{\mathrm dy}{\mathrm dx}=1,\quad y(0)=y(1)=0, $$ this boundary problem is not self ...
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Advection Diffusion Equation on Semi-Infinite Domain

Regarding the BVP $$u_t(x,t) - v u_x(x,t)=k u_{xx}(x,t),\qquad x\geq0$$ with BC $u_x(0, t)=0$ for $t\geq 0$, and parameters $v,k>0$, I have some questions. Does an expression for the Green's ...
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Solve differential equation $f'(z) = e^{-2} (f(z/e))^2$

I'm curious if there's a simple closed solution to the following DE and, if so, what it is. $$\begin{align} f'(z) &= e^{-2} (f(z/e))^2 \\ f(0) &= 1. \end{align}$$
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Using the Jordan form Complex

Let $C$ be a complex $n \times n$ matrix with $\det C \neq 0$. Prove that there is a complex matrix $B$ such that $C = e^B$ Hint: use the Jordan form matrices for comlexas
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Cancelling differentials

I'll start with an example. In physics, $x(t)$ represents the $x$-position of a particle, and $v(t)$ its ($x$-)velocity. To determine the total displacement of a particle on the interval $[a, b]$, we ...