Can the following differential equation be solved analytically by some method

$$ v(v’’’ + 3v’’ +52v’ + 50v) + 4(v’’’ + 3 v’’ + 52v’ + 100v) = 0,\\ v(0) = v’(0) = v’’(0) = 1. $$

The solutions to each linear DE in the parenthesis is known. On observation one can see that for the first DE the roots of characterstic equation are $-1, -1\pm7i$. And the roots to the other are $-2,-0.5\pm i\sqrt{49.75}$. I have tried solving it numerically on matlab and the solution looks like a sinusoidal wave squeezed between 2 exponentially decaying functions. And the solution decays to zero. Presently, I am trying if functions of the following form might be able to fit into the solution $$ v(x) = \alpha - \sqrt{\alpha^2 + (a_1 e^{-x}+ a_2e^{-2x})+(b_1e^{-x}+b_2e^{-2x})(A\cos\delta x + B\sin\delta x)} $$

  • $\begingroup$ Can rewrite as $(v+4)(v'''+3v''+52v'+50v)+200v=0.$ Don't know if that gains you anything. $\endgroup$ – Adrian Keister Jun 7 at 19:43


$v(v'''+3v''+52v'+50v)+4(v'''+3v''+52v'+100v)=0$ with $v(0)=v'(0)=v''(0)=1$

$(v+4)(v'''+3v''+52v'+50v)+200v=0$ with $v(0)=v'(0)=v''(0)=1$

Let $u=v+4$ ,

Then $u(u'''+3u''+52u'+50(u-4))+200(u-4)=0$ with $u(0)=5$ , $u'(0)=u''(0)=1$

$u(u'''+3u''+52u'+50u)-800=0$ with $u(0)=5$ , $u'(0)=u''(0)=1$

$u'''+3u''+52u'+50u-\dfrac{800}{u}=0$ with $u(0)=5$ , $u'(0)=u''(0)=1$

Let $u=e^{-x}w$ ,

Then $u'=e^{-x}w'-e^{-x}w$



$\therefore e^{-x}w'''-3e^{-x}w''+3e^{-x}w'-e^{-x}w+3e^{-x}w''-6e^{-x}w'+3e^{-x}w+52e^{-x}w'-52e^{-x}w+50e^{-x}w-\dfrac{800}{e^{-x}w}=0$ with $w(0)=5$ , $w'(0)=6$ , $w''(0)=18$

$e^{-x}w'''+49e^{-x}w'-\dfrac{800}{e^{-x}w}=0$ with $w(0)=5$ , $w'(0)=6$ , $w''(0)=18$

$ww'''+49ww'-800e^{2x}=0$ with $w(0)=5$ , $w'(0)=6$ , $w''(0)=18$

$\int ww'''~dx+49\int ww'~dx-800\int e^{2x}~dx=0$ with $w(0)=5$ , $w'(0)=6$ , $w''(0)=18$

$\int w~dw''+49\int w~dw-800\int e^{2x}~dx=0$ with $w(0)=5$ , $w'(0)=6$ , $w''(0)=18$

$ww''-\int w''~dw+49\int w~dw-800\int e^{2x}~dx=0$ with $w(0)=5$ , $w'(0)=6$ , $w''(0)=18$

$ww''-\int w'w''~dx+49\int w~dw-800\int e^{2x}~dx=0$ with $w(0)=5$ , $w'(0)=6$ , $w''(0)=18$

$ww''-\int w'~dw'+49\int w~dw-800\int e^{2x}~dx=0$ with $w(0)=5$ , $w'(0)=6$ , $w''(0)=18$

$ww''-\dfrac{(w')^2}{2}+\dfrac{49w^2}{2}-400e^{2x}=933$ with $w(0)=5$ , $w'(0)=6$

Let $w=z^2$ ,

Then $w'=2zz'$


$\therefore2z^3z''+2z^2(z')^2-2z^2(z')^2+\dfrac{49z^4}{2}-400e^{2x}=933$ with $z(0)=\pm\sqrt5$ , $z'(0)=\pm\dfrac{3}{\sqrt5}$

$2z^3z''+\dfrac{49z^4}{2}=400e^{2x}+933$ with $z(0)=\pm\sqrt5$ , $z'(0)=\pm\dfrac{3}{\sqrt5}$

$z''+\dfrac{49z}{4}=\dfrac{400e^{2x}+933}{2z^3}$ with $z(0)=\pm\sqrt5$ , $z'(0)=\pm\dfrac{3}{\sqrt5}$

  • $\begingroup$ But still the resulting equation is non-linear and cannot be solved by usual techniques, right? $\endgroup$ – breaku Jun 8 at 17:13

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