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Wave equations - how to get a real solution from imaginary roots

Im trying to follow the derivation on how to solve Laplace equation used in my fluid dynamics course. We are trying to solve for the velocity potential in potential theory. So far we have this: ...
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Spring-mass system with variable stifness $m \ddot{x}+k(x)x=0$, time period is known, stifness is unknown

This question is somewhat related to my previous question: What is the time period of an oscillator with varying spring constant? In that question, time period of mass-spring system with variable ...
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What is the scale factor of a hyperbolic universe?

I wanted to derive the solution to this question from the Friedmann equations myself but I ran into some trouble. I was working in natural units where $c=G=1$, then, for brevity, I defined ...
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Why is the wave equation so pervasive?

The homogenous wave equation can be expressed in covariant form as $$ \Box^2 \varphi = 0 $$ where $\Box^2$ is the D'Alembert operator and $\varphi$ is some physical field. The acoustic wave ...
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When to use separation of variables in E&M? [closed]

I'd really like to know if there is a fast way to recognize if separation of variables is the most appropriate way to go about solving a problem. Are there any kind of guidelines for when to use ...
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What is Method of Characteristics?

I am a final year student of BS Mechanical Engineering and method of characteristics is not a part of our curriculum. In-fact I heard of it first time after finally picking my FYP. My final year ...
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1D drift-diffusion equation with single absorbing boundary

If we have just the simple diffusion equation (in 1D): $$ \frac{\partial P(x,t)}{\partial t} = D \frac{\partial^2 P(x,t)}{\partial x^2} $$ with an absorbing boundary at x=0 and initial condition ...
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Generalised velocities enough to be deterministic in Lagrangian mechanics?

In classical determinism we need to know $2n$ quantities of our system and the equation of motion to predict it's future. In Lagrangian mechanics this is equivalent to knowing $q$ and $\dot q$, the ...
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Example of a physically motivated jerk equation

When I say jerk equation, I mean a differential equation of the form: $\frac{d^{3}x}{dt^{3}} = f\big( x(t), \frac{dx}{dt}, \frac{d^{2}x}{dt^{2}} \big) $ I am doing some work in dynamical systems, ...
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Help recognizing partial differential equation

I would be very grateful if someone could tell me something about the following partial differential equation: $$ \frac{\partial U}{\partial t} = K * (\frac{\partial^2 U}{\partial r^2} + ...
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Initial conditions for second order ODE with complex stiffness

I tried this on Math Stack Exchange. I'm trying to find initial conditions to ensure systems of the form stay bounded $$\ddot{x}_i+\sum_{j=1}^N k_{ij} x_j = 0, \quad k_{ij} \in \mathbb{C}.$$ For ...
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Derivation of the Stuart Landau time dependent amplitude time evolution equation for Hopf or Pitchfork bifurcations

I am studying the Hopf / Pitchfork bifurcations, the ordinary differential equation of which is: $$\dot x = x \ (\rho - x^2)$$ Which is a cubic order equation which describes the time evolution of ...
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Non-Linear O.D.E

I have reached a set of ODE as \begin{align} &\ddot{\vec{a}}(t)+\omega_0^2\frac{\cos{(b(t))}\sin{(a(t))}}{a(t)}\vec{a}(t)=0\\ &\ddot{b}(t)+\omega_0^2\cos{(a(t))}\sin{(b(t))}=0 \end{align} ...
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Energy Oscillations in a One Dimensional Crystal?

Can anyone help me find articles on similar topics "Energy Oscillations in a One Dimensional Crystal" (I have links to one article on this subject)? article, that I have Especially interested in ...
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What discrete form of the wave equation do you need to use to make a wave simulation?

I'm working my way through these blog posts about the wave equation. All has made sense up until now. The wave equation is $$ \frac{\partial^2h}{\partial t^2} = c^2 \frac{\partial^2h}{\partial x^2} ...
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What is meant by “method of approximate numerical method” or “method of digital computer” for solving the differential equation of resistive force?

I was reading "motion against resistive forces" in Newtonian Mechanics by A.P. French; here is the excerpt: [...] In general, the resistive force $\mathbf{R}$ is is a function of speed, so that ...
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Do delay differential equations (DDEs) ever describe real-world phenomena? [closed]

I've recently become interested in DDEs, but I don't know much about them. A DDE has the form $$\begin{align*}\dot{x}(t) = f(t, x(t - \tau)) && \tau > 0\end{align*}$$ My understanding ...
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Numerical modelling of a step function in time in a hydrodynamic system. (Runge Kutta fourth order)

So I'm trying to model a hydrodynamic system that introduces a sudden "jump" in the value of a function at a specific time. The system is solved with a Runge-Kutta fourth order method. I have a ...
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Causality and natural modeling of physical systems using integral forms [closed]

I posed a closely related question here but it received a tumbleweeds award. So I thought I would post it from a different angle to see if I can illicit at least some thoughtful comments if not ...
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What are maximally dissipative boundary conditions?

I ran into this term when reading about the initial boundary value problem in general relativity. They seem to be relevant when you need to impose boundary conditions on a timelike boundary, for ...
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Recurrence differential equations

We all know recurrence equations like e.q. Fibonacci relation $$F_{n} = F_{n-1} + F_{n+1}$$ In order to find general expression for any $n$, we can use generating function method $$G(x) = ...
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Time responses (position and speed) of system

This is a basic question regarding state space representation and differential equations. I want to find the time response of states $x_{1} = x$ and $x_{2} = \dot{x}$ of the following system: $$ ...
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Accuracy of differential equations [closed]

We use differential equations to model the world around us. For example, the logistic differential equation $$\frac{dx}{dt} = rP\left(1-\frac PK\right)$$ is used to model population. However, it ...
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General solution to the wave equation proving dependence on $x \pm vt$

I am trying to solve for a general solution to the wave function and demonstrate any solution has the form $f(x,t) = f_L (x+vt) + f_R (x-vt)$ I have used separation of variables f(x,t)=X(x)T(t) to ...
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How to solve highly oscillating differential equation [closed]

The equation looks like: $$x''(t)+bx'(t)+c x(t)+dx^3(t)=0.$$ This is the motion of a particle in a potential $cx^2/2+dx^4/4$ with friction force $bx'$. In my case, the friction term is very small and ...
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Modifying differential equations representing a projectile system to account for an arbitrary force

The following series of differential equations represents a projectile's path when solved (g=9.81): Here is some sample output from this system (with initial values x,y=0, v=1500, theta=1.33): I ...
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Could you give boundary conditions to the gravitational potential given the density distribution?

We´re doing a project that's all about solving differential equations with separation of variables. We´re trying to find the gravitational potential given the density distribution (that has azimuthal ...
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Galerkin-type weak formulation for electrokinetics

I am currently working on finite element simulations about electrokinetics. My solver (getdp) accepts directly galerkin-type weak formulation of equations. I am thus trying to write my equations in ...
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Is the diffusion coefficient time-dependent?

It is known that in the partial differential equation: $$u_t=au_{xx} $$ within the limits $0<x<1$ and $a>0$, the diffusion coefficient, arises in the mathematical modelling of a process of ...
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Physical explanation for dependence of initial conditions when solving differential equations using NDSolve

I'm checking some results in this [paper] and I'm currently having some issues with solving a set of differential equations (section 2 and 3.1-3.2 in the paper). I'm finding values to depend on an ...
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What is the essential concept behind the difference in the fundamental solutions of the Stokes and Poisson equations?

The fundamental solutions, i.e., the solution with a point source, of the Poisson's equation and the Stokes equations in 3D are: $$\nabla^2 f=\delta(\boldsymbol x) \ \Longrightarrow\ G(\boldsymbol ...
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How do I correctly introduce time into this equation?

So, for the past few years it's been my goal to create an equation that would give me the position of an object in a gravitational field at time $t$, given it's initial position and velocity. At first ...
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Schrodinger equation, commutative operators, and Symmetry

When solving Schrodinger's equation in 3D with a spherical laplacian you reach a point at which you introduce a separation constant and can see that the same eigenvalue satisfies the radial and ...
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Poisson equation in 2D and 3D: geometrical reason for the difference

The Poisson equation in 3D shows a fundamental solution in 3D which decays with $\sim 1/r$, whilst in 2D it shows a much different decay $\sim -\ln r$. While in 3D not only the solution, but also its ...
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Laplace equation between circles [closed]

I need to solve the simple Laplace equation $$\nabla^2f(r,\theta)=0$$ with boundary conditions: $$f(a,0)=g(\theta)$$ $$\lim_{A\rightarrow\infty}f(A,\theta)=1$$ what would be a straightforward way to ...
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What dynamical system could this $\dot y = \alpha(y-\lambda), y\geq \lambda$ equation describe?

Just out of curiosity, can anyone identify electrical, mechanical, chemical, etc process that is governed by a differential equation of the form $$\dot y = \alpha(y-\lambda), y\geq \lambda$$ where ...
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General boundary condition for 1D heat equation

I'm studying from Numerical Solution of Partial Differential Equations by K.W.Morton and D.F.Mayers (Amazon link). I'm confused with general boundary conditions. Could someone give me a clue? For ...
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How to determine sign of coefficients in simple spring, damper, mass system?

For a system of the sort shown below: I have come to realize that I continuously make mistakes when it comes to determining the signs (or specifically the direction of the forces) of the ...
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Concentration distribution in a phase separated mixture. Can't get the correct ODEs and boundary conditions

I wish to compute the equilibrium concentration distribution of a binary mixture that has phase separated. I start with writing the free energy as a functional depending of the concentration. I use ...
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Integrating Factor Solution for Plasma Wave Equation

As part of a derivation in Bernstein '58 [1] a linear first-order (eqn. (9) in the image) appears: But the general solution I would usually take (as appears in Gradshteyn and Ryzhik and checked in ...
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Simulating Phase Space Evolution

I am interested in modeling the time evolution of phase-space $\rho(\vec{q},\vec{p},t)$. I have attempted to use Liouville's theorem $\partial_t\rho=-\sum_{i=1}^{3}(\partial_{q_i}\rho)\dot ...
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Solving Special Function Equations Using Lie Symmetries

The lie group + representation theory approach to special functions & how they solve the ode's arising in physics is absolutely amazing. I've given an example of it's power below on Bessel's ...
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Minimizing a damping constant in order to minimize the amplitude of oscillations

How can I determine the damping coefficient that minimizes the amplitude of vibrations? This is an extension of Coupled ODEs that model a quad rotor \begin{align} ...
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Heat equation with heat radiation and heat transfer

If I want to calculate steady temperature distribution on a one-dimensional stick, and I need to consider both the heat radiation and heat transfer, then my equation will be in the form: $$ ...
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Locus of a moving mass point

Two very small mass particles $m_1$, $m_2$ are connected by a $2l$ long, infinitely soft and inelastic thread without mass. The initial condition of the system before being freely released is as in ...
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field solutions for covariant derivative of vector field constrained to zero

Question: What do the solutions of $\nabla_\mu A^\nu = 0 $ look like? And is it possible for spacetime curvature to somehow restrict the solution to $A^\nu = 0$? Here is my current ...
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Calculate the potential induced by beam

This exercise is from Plasma Physics and Fusion Energy by Freidberg. A cylindrical conducting vacuum chamber of radius $r=a$ is filled with a uniform plasma of density $n_0$ and temperature ...
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Does the heat equation violate causality?

I've ran across the idea that, besides simply writing partial differential equations in covariant form, they need to be hyperbolic with all characteristic speeds less than the speed of light. A ...
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Heat Equation with In-Depth Radiation Exact Solution [closed]

I am looking to solve the heat conduction equation in a semi-infinite solid with in-depth radiation on the domain $-\infty < x < 0$. The governing equation of this problem is: $$\rho c ...
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What physical phenomena are modelled by Chebyshev equation?

What physical phenomena are modeled by Chebyshev equation? The equation is below $$(1-x^2) {d^2 y \over d x^2} - x {d y \over d x} + p^2 y ~=~ 0 .$$ I could not find it in Wikipedia or in Google (at ...