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How to solve $y''' - y = 2\sin(x)$

$$y''' - y = 2\sin(x)$$ I'm doing differential equations and know pretty much all methods of solving them, but I haven't come across anything of a higher order than second yet. How do I go about ...
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Evaluating $\sum_{n=1}^\infty\frac{x^{3n}}{(3n-1)!}$

How can we obtain following formula? $$\sum_{n=1}^\infty\frac{x^{3n}}{(3n-1)!}=\frac{1}{3}e^{\frac{-x}{2}}x\left(e^{\frac{3x}{2}}-2\sin\left(\frac{\pi+3\sqrt{3}x}{6}\right)\right).$$ I think if we ...
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Solving a differential equation?

I'm trying to analyze the transient state of a RC circuit. My book gives me the following differential equation: $$\frac{d(v(t))}{dt} + av(t) = c$$ for some constants $a$ and $c$. The book thens ...
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Consider the following Sturm-Liouville problem

Consider the following Sturm-Liouville problem: $$X''+\lambda X=0,\quad X'(0) = 0,\, X(\pi) = 0,$$ where $X = X(x)$. Find all positive eigenvalues and corresponding eigenfunctions of the problem. Is ...
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differential equation : non-homogeneous solution, finding YP

hi i have a problem for this Differential Equations : $$ \frac{d^{3}y}{dx^3} - 9\frac{dy}{dx} = 10 - 4x $$ i know first we must solve the homogeneous equation: and my result is : $C_1 + C_2e^{3x} + ...
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How do you solve the Initial value probelm $dp/dt = 10p(1-p), p(0)=0.1$?

The problem is... $$ \frac{dp}{dt} = 10p(1-p),$$ $p(0)=0.1$. Solve and show that $p(t) \to 1$ as $t\to \infty.$ I know this is probably really simple, I was trying to go down the line of finding ...
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differential equations, diagonalizable matrix

I have a question of differential equations of the form. $\textbf{x}'(t)=A*\textbf{x(t)}$, where x is an n-dimensional matrix, and A is an n*n real matrix. I have learned to solve this if a is ...
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Find the form of a second linear independent solution when the two roots of indicial equation are different by a integer

Consider the differential equation $$x^2y''+3(x-x^2)y'-3y=0$$ $(a)$ Find the recurrence equation and first three nonzero terms of the series solution in powers of $$ corresponding to the larger root ...
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Solving $-u''(x) = \delta(x)$

A question asks us to solve the differential equation $-u''(x) = \delta(x)$ with boundary conditions $u(-2) = 0$ and $u(3) = 0$ where $\delta(x)$ is the Dirac delta function. But inside ...
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Finding the general solution of a sixth degree differential equation

Find a differential equation whose solutions are $y_1 = e^{2x} + e^{-4x}\sin(3x)$ and $y_2 = e^{-2x} + 5e^{2x}$. Am I supposed to assume that $y_1$ and $y_2$ can take the forms: $y_1 = Ae^{2x} + ...
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Teenager solves Newton dynamics problem - where is the paper?

From Ottawa Citizen (and all over, really): An Indian-born teenager has won a research award for solving a mathematical problem first posed by Sir Isaac Newton more than 300 years ago that has ...
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What am I doing when I separate the variables of a differential equation?

I see an equation like this: $$y\frac{\textrm{d}y}{\textrm{d}x} = e^x$$ and solve it by "separating variables" like this: $$y\textrm{d}y = e^x\textrm{d}x$$ $$\int y\textrm{d}y = \int ...
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Find $f$ where $f'(x) = f(1+x)$

Let $f \colon \mathbb{R} \rightarrow \mathbb{R}$ be a smooth function such that $$f'(x) = f(1+x)$$ How can we find the general form of $f$? I thought of some differential equations, but not sure how ...
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Finding a solution basis

Find a real solution basis of $$y'=\left( \begin{matrix}-1&-2&0\\0&2&0\\-1&-3&2\\ \end{matrix} \right)y.$$ The characteristic equation of this matrix is $$P(t) = ...
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$dy/dx = y \sin x-2\sin x$, $y(0) = 0$ — Initial Value Problem

$$\frac{dy}{dx} = y\sin x-2\sin x, \quad y(0) = 0.$$ Initial Value Problem Hint says: Find an integrating factor
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Does a non-trivial solution exist for $f'(x)=f(f(x))$?

Does $f'(x)=f(f(x))$ have any solutions other than $f(x)=0$? I have become convinced that it does (see below), but I don't know of any way to prove this. Is there a nice method for solving this kind ...
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Proof for exact differential equations shortcut?

Today in my math class, we learned about exact differential equations. During class, our teacher first taught us the accepted way to solve exact equations, but then, told us of a shortcut that one of ...
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Deducing the exact solution of a ODE

In page 53 of Arieh Iserles's A first course in the numerical analysis of differential equations, he presents the following ODE: $(\vec{y})'=\Gamma\cdot\vec{y}$, $\vec{y}(0)=\vec{y_0}$ Using the ...
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Differentials Definition

Please define differentials rigorously such that they give a consistency to their use in the following links. I have read Is $dy/dx$ not a ratio? What is the practical difference between a ...
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please solve a 2013 th derivative question?

$ f(x) = 6x^7\sin^2(x^{1000}) e^{x^2} $ Find $ f^{(2013)}(0) $ A math forum friend suggest me to use big O symbol, however have no idea what that is, so how does that helping?
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Show $f''+vf' +\alpha^2 f(1-f)=0$ has solutions satisfying $\lim_{x \to - \infty}f=0$ and $\lim_{x \to \infty}f=1$ given $v\leq -2\alpha < 0$

I posted this question before but I took a completely different approach here, that's why I reposted as my previous question was already very long and took a different approach from here. I am given ...
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Exponential of the differential operator

I am not sure whether this question is even well-posed. But today I learnt that $e^Df(x) = f(x+1)$ where $D$ is differential operator and $$e^D \triangleq \sum_{i=0}^{\infty} \frac{D^i}{i!}.$$ (ref. ...
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Solving inhomogenous ODE

I have an inhomogenous ODE. The main issue here is variables are matrices. It is bit of matrix calculus. A solution would be highly appreciated interms of x . I guess we can use same methods for ...
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Looking for help with a proof that n-th derivative of $e^\frac{-1}{x^2} = 0$ for $x=0$.

Given the function $$ f(x) = \left\{\begin{array}{cc} e^{- \frac{1}{x^2}} & x \neq 0 \\ 0 & x = 0 \end{array}\right. $$ show that $\forall_{n\in \Bbb N} f^{(n)}(0) = 0$. So I have to show ...
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Finding a non constant solution to $ (x')^2+x^2=9 $

How do I find a non-constant solution this equation? I've tried to solve for $x$, but the final answer should be in the form of $x(t)=...$ $ (x')^2+x^2=9 $ I'm not sure where to start.
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Are Exponential and Trigonometric Functions the Only Non-Trivial Solutions to $F'(x)=F(x+a)$?

Are exponential & trigonometric functions the only non-trivial solutions to $F'(x)=F(x+a)$? $F(x)=0$ would be the trivial solution. Then, for $a=0$ (or $a=2\pi i$), we have $F(x)=e^x$, and ...
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Help with special function differential equation

this is my first time to use this site. Please let me know if the equations are unreadable, latex isn't my first language. We've been covering Legendre, Bessel, and Confluent Hypergeometric ...
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Differential equation for Harmonic Motion

Particle undergoes simple harmonic motion. Initially Its displacement is $1$, velocity $1$ and acceleration is $-12$ Compute displacement and acceleration when the velocity is square root of $8$. ...
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Orthonormal vectors in Polar coordinates, show $\hat{e}_R=\frac{(x,y,z)}{r}$

Definitions Unit vector has length 1. Orthonormal vectors are orthogonal and unit vectors. RobJohn's suggestions for the basis in polar coordinates, here, satisfy the criteria but how can ...
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Uniqueness and Existence problem

I just need a bit of help with this question. If I know that $dg/dx = g^2$, and that $g(0) = g_0$, then I can solve: $$ dg/dx = g^2\\ \frac{1}{g^2} dg = dx \\ -\frac{1}{g} = x + \hat c \\ -g = ...
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stability of a linear system

The linear system: $y''(t)+4y'(t)=4(\lambda -1)y(t)+z(t)$ $z'(t)=(\lambda -3)z(t)$ Determine the stability of the system as a function of the parameter $\lambda\in\mathbb{R}$. ...
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Green function Sturm Liouville equation problem …

I need help with this new one, I don't even know how to start... $$Ly=-y''-y$$ $$y(0)=y(1)=0$$ I started doing this exercise and came to the conclusion that the result is given to us by $$G(x, ...
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Nonlinear Systems

I'm given the system of equations $x'(t) = -2y + x^2$, $y\,'(t) = 4x - 2y$, and I am supposed to find all steady state solutions. Once I find them, I need to determine what kind of steady states I ...
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Show that $y(t) = t$ and $g(t) = t \ln(t)$ are linearly independent

I need to show that $y(t) = t$ and $g(t) = t \ln(t)$ are linearly independent. I thought I could use the Wronskian as follows: $y'(t) = 1$ $g'(t) = 1 + \ln(t)$ So $W(y, g) = (t)(1 + \ln(t)) - t ...
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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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Geometric & Intuitive Meaning of $SL(2,R)$, $SU(2)$, etc… & Representation Theory of Special Functions

Many special functions of mathematical physics can be understood from the point of view of the representation theory of lie groups. An example of the power of this viewpoint is given in my question ...
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Could you recommend some classic textbooks on ordinary/partial differential equation?

I love R.Courant and F.John's Introduction to Calculus and Analysis because of its wide coverage, precise description and friendly written style. Are there any classic textbooks like it on ODE/PDE? ...
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Nonlinear Differential Equation question

I have a nonlinear Diffeq: $$\frac{d^2x}{dt^2}+\beta \frac{dx}{dt}+\epsilon \times e^{- \lambda x} = f(t) $$ where $f(t)$ is a function that is known, and $\beta$ and $\lambda$ are constants that ...
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Recursive solutions to linear ODE.

When finding the solutions to the simple ODE $$ y'- mxy= x^n \text{ ; } y(0) = 0$$ I found the following: Let $P_n$ be the particular solution for each integer exponent $n$. Then if we define ...
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Functions that are their Own nth Derivatives for Real n

Consider (non-trivial) functions that are their own nth derivatives. For instance $\frac{\mathrm{d}}{\mathrm{d}x} e^x = e^x$ $\frac{\mathrm{d}^2}{\mathrm{d}x^2} e^{-x} = e^{-x}$ ...
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$\frac{dS}{d\rho}$ Factor arising

To get details see: equations 29,30,31,34,44,50,51 We have known some solitary wave solutions, given by(equations 1 to 5) $$ \phi_1=p_1\cos \tau \tag{1}$$ $$\phi_2=\frac16 ...
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Best Book For Differential Equations?

I know this is a subjective question, but I need some opinions on a very good book for learning differential equations. Ideally it should have a variety of problems with worked solutions and be ...
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Does this ODE question have closed form solution?

These days, I am struggling with following ODE problem when I build up my research model: $1/2f''(x)+a(b - x) f'(x) -(c+ e^{A+Bx})f(x)=0$ where f(x) is a smooth function, and $a,b,c, A,B$ ...
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How to solve this recurrence Relation - Varying Coefficient

Sir,I have two questions related to this recurrence relation. It has been messing with me for long. Because of this I couldn't proceed my work for some time .This contains a polynomial term n+2 in ...
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Sum of derivatives of a polynomial

Let $p(x)$ be a polynomial of degree $n$ satisfying $p(x)\geq 0$ for all $x$. That is, for all $x$, $p(x) = a_n x^n + a_{n-1} x^{n-1} + \cdots + a_1 x + a_0 \geq 0$, $a_n\neq 0$. Show that ...
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Differential equations that are also functional

I was toying with equations of the type $f(x+\alpha)=f'(x)$ where $f$ is a real function. For example if $\alpha=\frac{\pi}{2}$ then the solutions include the function $f_{\lambda,\mu}(x)=\lambda ...
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Deriving the addition formula for the lemniscate functions from a total differential equation

The lemniscate of Bernoulli $C$ is a plane curve defined as follows. Let $a > 0$ be a real number. Let $F_1 = (a, 0)$ and $F_2 = (-a, 0)$ be two points of $\mathbb{R}^2$. Let $C = \{P \in ...
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Finding Weak Solutions to ODEs

I'm wondering if anyone has a reference to a good set of notes on finding weak (distributional) solutions to ODEs, or has any tips or tricks. For example, $$ xy^\prime=0 $$ has a classical solution ...
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Looking for a logically coherent book for the self-study of differential equations

I'm looking for a logically coherent book for the self-study of differential equations. Let me clarify. By logically coherent, I don't mean proofs of the limit laws, uniqueness theorems etc. By ...
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Using the Lambert W to express a solution of a differential equation.

I solved a differential equation some time ago and I need to solve for $y$. How can we solve for $y$ using the Lambert W function? $$C_1+x = e^y+Cy$$