DO NOT USE THIS TAG just because the question contains a differential equation!

learn more… | top users | synonyms

0
votes
0answers
46 views

Physical background to the ODE $y'(x) + \frac{1}{x} = y(x)$

Most books on asymptotic methods start with a discussion on the ODE $y'(x) + \frac{1}{x} = y(x)$, which has solution $$y(x) = \int_0^{\infty} \frac{e^{-xt}}{1+t} \,dt. $$ A discussion on the ...
13
votes
0answers
115 views

Can one classify partial differential equations according to the causality properties of their solutions (and if yes, then how)?

Recently, I bumped into this interesting comment by Valter Moretti which made me wonder about the following, more general question (to which I suspect the answer is affirmative): Can we easily tell, ...
0
votes
1answer
18 views

Solving a first order non linear differential equation in the specific case of the orbit of a particle moving under a central conservative force

Hello it's my first time posting in here and I hope someone in here can help me as my teachers quite dislike questions that aren't specifically in the curriculum. I'm reading About classical mechanics ...
0
votes
1answer
73 views

Differential equation for velocity regarded as a function of distance [closed]

Given a differential equation for velocity, $dv/dt + v = 1$, as well as its solution, is it possible to derive a differential equation for velocity with respect to distance? I found a solution to the ...
3
votes
1answer
368 views

Peskin Schroeder and the general solution to Callan-Symanzik Equation

I have a couple of questions regarding Peskin and Schroeder's derivation of the solution to the Callan-Symanzik equation. First of all, they claim that using $$\int_\lambda^\bar{\lambda}\frac{d\lambda'...
3
votes
0answers
68 views

Linear KDV eq. asymptotics

The question arises from the book Solitons by P. G. Drazin about the linearized KDV eq. $$ u_t+u_{xxx}=0 $$ My first step was to take a Fourier transform of the equation, find that the dispersion ...
1
vote
0answers
40 views

Steady-state solution of Fokker-Planck DE

I have this differential equation: $$\frac{\partial f}{\partial t} = \frac{1}{\tau_s v^2} \frac{\partial}{\partial v}(v^3+v_c^3)f + S$$ It is a Fokker-Planck equation that describes collisional ...
0
votes
0answers
139 views

Lang-Kobayashi rate equation derivation

The Lang-Kobayashi rate equations of a semiconductor laser experiencing feedback are as follows: \begin{align*} \frac{d}{dt}\left(E(t)e^{i\omega t}\right) &= \left[\omega_N(n) + \frac{1}{2}(G(n) -...
2
votes
1answer
80 views

Massless limit to massive scalar in AdS space

I was trying to solve massive scalar wave equation in AdS spacetime (or rather in BTZ). I noticed few funny things : The $m\to 0$ limit to the solution is subtle. One of the two independent ...
0
votes
0answers
48 views

How can I get the boundary and initial conditions of the convection–diffusion equation consistant?

I want to solve the 1D convection–diffusion equation. The boundary conditions are a flux in from the bottom and a flux out on the top. Furthermore I want no concentration inside at the beginning. I ...
0
votes
2answers
227 views

Diffusion of gas into vaccum

I'm interested in solving the diffusion equation for gas in vacuum. I have a general question and a more specific questions. What I know: The Diffusion Equation: For density function $\phi(\vec{\...
4
votes
0answers
98 views

Is there a proof that the number of eigenstates is countable for a bound system?

When you solve Schrödinger equation for a free particle with no boundary conditions your eigen states are indexed by quantum number $k \in \mathbb R $ and $\mathbb R$ isn't countable but if you add a ...
2
votes
1answer
75 views

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: $$\...
0
votes
0answers
129 views

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 ...
0
votes
0answers
42 views

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 $$f(t)=\...
5
votes
1answer
222 views

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 ...
2
votes
1answer
94 views

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 ...
6
votes
2answers
172 views

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 ...
0
votes
0answers
145 views

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 $P(x,...
0
votes
2answers
54 views

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 ...
0
votes
0answers
70 views

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, ...
1
vote
1answer
59 views

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} + (1/r)\frac{\...
0
votes
0answers
28 views

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 ...
2
votes
0answers
77 views

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} ...
0
votes
0answers
41 views

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} $...
0
votes
1answer
38 views

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 ...
-2
votes
1answer
70 views

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 ...
3
votes
2answers
114 views

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 ...
2
votes
1answer
133 views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
64 views

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) = \sum\...
2
votes
1answer
48 views

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: $$ m\...
0
votes
1answer
74 views

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 ...
1
vote
3answers
65 views

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 ...
0
votes
1answer
97 views

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 ...
0
votes
1answer
62 views

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 ...
2
votes
1answer
51 views

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 ...
1
vote
0answers
27 views

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 ...
2
votes
0answers
83 views

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 ...
2
votes
0answers
71 views

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 x,\...
3
votes
4answers
191 views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
131 views

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 ...
5
votes
2answers
241 views

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 ...
1
vote
0answers
35 views

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 ...
1
vote
2answers
50 views

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 ...
0
votes
0answers
113 views

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 ...
4
votes
1answer
383 views

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 ...
0
votes
1answer
76 views

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 ...
6
votes
1answer
212 views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
61 views

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 q_i+(\...
5
votes
1answer
510 views

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 ...