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I'm trying to face this nonlinear differential equation:

$$ y''(x)+\omega^2\sin\,y(x)=a\,x \,\;(1)$$

and I'm interested to found the solution of $ y'(x)$ (an first integral)

The homogeneous part of previous one ode is like a nonlinear free (non forced) pendulum diff. eq. : $$ \theta''+\omega^2\sin\theta=0$$ Then, the ode that i'm trying to solve it's similar to forced pendulum differential equations.

The first integral of homogeneous solution of (1) it's easy to solve : $$\frac{(y'(x))^2}{2}-\omega^2\cos \,y=\mathrm{const}$$

But, is there a solution for fist integral of (1) in a case of forcing of the type $f(x)=a\,x$ or otherwise?

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  • $\begingroup$ What do you consider the "trend" of $y'$ (or $y$)? Do you mean something like a linear function where the remainder is a periodic function and some small perturbation? $\endgroup$ – LutzL May 17 at 15:33
  • $\begingroup$ No you are right, I had expressed myself badly.I want found y'(x). I corrected the text. $\endgroup$ – C.C.12 May 17 at 15:37
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For large $x$ the right side is large, while the $\omega^2 \sin(y)$ term is bounded. Thus it may be useful to consider this differential equation as a perturbation of $y'' = ax$. We can write $$ y(x) = \sum_{k=0}^\infty \omega^{2k} y_k(x)$$ where $$\eqalign{y_0(x) &= y(0) + y'(0) x + a x^3/6\cr y_1(x) &= - \int_0^x dt \int_0^t ds\; \sin(y_0(s))\cr y_2(x) &= - \int_0^x dt \int_0^t ds\; y_1(s) \cos(y_0(s))\cr \text{etc}}$$

I suspect that each $y_k$ for $k \ge 1$ will be asymptotic to some straight line as $x \to \infty$.

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  • $\begingroup$ Thanks for the answer. Unfortunately I can't use the approssimation for large value of x, or in general of the forced term, in this case. But you proposal is very interesting for many other cases. Very thanks ! $\endgroup$ – C.C.12 May 17 at 15:26

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