Is there a way to analytically solve an equation of this form:


where the initial conditions for y through the fourth derivatives are known.

I have used lower-order substitutions to convert the equation to a system of first-order differential equations, and now I am appeared forced to apply a numerical method e.g., Runge-Kutta. However, an analytical form would be much more appreciated.


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    $\begingroup$ i think a numerical solution is a good choice $\endgroup$ – Dr. Sonnhard Graubner Mar 28 '18 at 15:52
  • $\begingroup$ Thanks for the confirmation. I just wanted to make sure there wasn't some math magic I am missing to transform this equation :) $\endgroup$ – user3213998 Mar 28 '18 at 16:36

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