$\def\d{\mathrm{d}}$How to solve this ODE? (From a real analysis course, existence and uniqueness of ODE) $$\frac{\d x}{\d t}=(x+t)t. \quad \forall t\in [0,1], \quad x(0)=0$$

My attempt:

$$\dot{x}=\frac{\d x}{\d t}=V(x(t),t)=(x+t)t$$

So we can use $\phi_v(x)$ such that

$$\phi_v^1(x,t)=x(0)+\int_{0}^{t}(x+t)t\,\d t= \frac{t^3}{3}+\frac{t^2x}{2}$$ with $x(0)=0$.

Applying $\phi_v$ to approximate $\phi^n_v$:

$$ \phi_v^2(x,t)=\int_{0}^{t} \left( \frac{t^3x}{2}+\frac{t^4}{3}+t^2 \right) \, \d t= \frac{t^4x}{8}+\frac{t^5}{15}+\frac{t^3}{3},\\ \phi_v^3(x,t)=\int_0^t \left( \frac{t^5x}{8}+\frac{t^5}{15}+t^4 \right) \,\d t= \frac{t^6x}{48} +\frac{t^7}{106}+\frac{t^3}{15}+\frac{t^3}{3}. $$

Am I on the right track? How should I finish this?

  • $\begingroup$ The solution to $x'=(x+t)t$ ends up using the Erf function. To help people tailor an answer for you, can you provide some background for the question - where did it come from?, what level of calculus are you at? $\endgroup$ – Ian Miller Apr 20 '17 at 15:35
  • $\begingroup$ @IanMiller this question is from a real analysis course. Topic is existance and uniqueness of ODE $\endgroup$ – combo student Apr 20 '17 at 15:37
  • $\begingroup$ @IanMiller How do i get to that? $\endgroup$ – combo student Apr 20 '17 at 15:42


Substitute $y(t) = x(t)+t$ so $\dot{y} = \dot{x} +1$ and your ODE becomes the familiar linear $$\frac{dy}{dt} = 1 + yt$$ with initial condition $y(0) = x(0)+0 = 0$.

  • $\begingroup$ Isn't $\dot x-xt=t^2$ as familiar ? $\endgroup$ – Yves Daoust Apr 20 '17 at 15:56

Let $u=x+t$ ,

Then $x=u-t$




I.F. $=e^{-\int t~dt}=e^{-\frac{t^2}{2}}$






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