Questions on the symbolic (DSolve, DifferentialRoot) and numerical (NDSolve) solutions of differential equations in Mathematica.

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Solution of numerical vector equation

Suppose I have a vector equation: Y'[t]==rhs[Y[t]] and Y[0]==ConstantArray[0,n] where "rhs[Y[t]]" is a black box function ...
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Optimizing an energy functional in mathematica using variational calculus

I have an energy functional which I want to optimize using calculus of variation. It would be nice if someone could please post a working example using mathematica. The procedure is as follows, ...
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Backward compatibility issues while DumpSaving Interpolation polynomials

I have bkwrd compatibility issues when I save my NDSolve result (which is an interpolating polynomia) using DumpSave from Mathematica 8 on Windows 7 and then try ...
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How to tell mathematica not to resolve stiffness issues

Very often I solve partial differential equations that are nonlinear and could be up to 4th order. In these cases, it is usual for the solution determined by ...
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Problem with the DSolve function

OK guys, here's the thing, Mathematica does not return a solution for this system of differential equations: ...
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Laplacian or Grad of an InterpolatingFunction

For obtaining a Schlieren image from an equation for density, I need to calculate the first derivative of density and make a contour plot. The below code snippet calculates the first derivative w.r.t ...
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How to solve a Differential Equation with DSolve with Function Coefficient?

Suppose I have v[x_] = (1.453 Sech[x + 1])^2 + I Sech[x + 1] Tanh[x + 1] And I have to solve the equation: ...
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optimization problem with NDSolve

I want to minimize the function fcc. When fcc is calculated for a specified point the answer is correct: ...
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Optimizing a function involving NDSolve results in error messages

I want to minimize a function f with NMinimize but an error occurs that says: ...
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How can I eliminate a function in a system of PDEs, Maple-style?

Maple can separate and eliminate a function in a system of PDE equations, with casesplit in the PDEtools package. How to do ...
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Eliminate doesn't work in Mathematica

Hello Mathematica users, I have problems trying to eliminate variable $Q(x,y)$ froma PDE, but Mathematica output is just True. The problem is that I already found ...
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Inconsistent initial and boundary conditions

I have a 4th order nonlinear PDE with the following BCs and IC: ...
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Incorrect solution of diffusion equation with Neumann boundary conditions

I want to set up a PDE model, which takes a two-dimensional diffusion equation into account. The key problem is that I have some trouble in solving the two-dimensional diffusion equation numerically. ...
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Plotting with NDSolve`StateData`

This question is a continuation of this. As answered by J.M., I am able to iterate a solution. However, I am unable to plot it. I am sure that this has to do with my inability to understand how the ...
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NDSolve and results of the previous computations

I want to solve following system of ODEs: $ \Bigg\{ \begin{array}{} \frac{\partial C}{\partial t}=\frac{2W_b}{Rsin(\theta)}(1-\frac{C}{\gamma})+\frac{\nu}{\pi R^2}\frac{\partial C}{\partial Z} ...
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How to Solve this ODE with Mixed Boundary condition

I have an ODE equation which is sort of y''[x] + 2 y'[x]/x + .0001 (y[x])^3 ==0 subject to the boundary conditions ...
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Starting NDSolve from intermediate time step?

I always wondered if I could start NDSolve from an intermediate time step. What I mean is, in the code sample below, if I were to run my solution from tmin=0 to ...
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DSolve cannot solve for certain branches of the solution

Could somebody please tell me, why I am always getting an error message when trying to run the following code: ...
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How can I solve a difference-differential equation?

How do I ask Mathematica to try to solve a recursive relation that defines a sequence of functions? For example, suppose I know that $g_n(x) = g_{n-1}'(x)$ for $n > 0$ and that $g_0(x) = e^{2x}$. ...
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Solving an ODE numerically

I really appreciate it if anyone helps me with this: How can I solve this ODE and plot the answer for $x$ on $[0.6,5]$: $$ \begin{align*} -2xy'[x] = y''[x]+ 47.21 (-.0025 x^6 & + ...
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Controlling the time step in NDSolve?

I generally use NDSolve for stiff non linear partial differential equations of 4th order. I find that a BDF1 method generally does well to placate my beast of a PDE. I've also tried out ...
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NIntegrate is resetting my variables and not giving me a result?

I am trying to check if mass conservation holds by integrating the area under a curve but to no avail. ...
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What does MaxStepFraction do?

I find that with NDSolve[...] while solving a partial differential equation, changing the MaxStepFraction from ...
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Setting the DifferenceOrder Option

I've been playing around with Method in NDSolve[...] and can't quite seem to figure out how to force ...
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NDSolve, Schrödinger equation, and decaying solution

I am trying to solve a Schrödinger equation for a particle hitting a step potential using NDSolve in Mathematica. Here is my code: ...
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How to set the NDSolve method to LSODA

I notice that off all the Method options available for NDSolve[...], LSODA is invoked quite ...
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Publishing results obtained in Mathematica

I've been using Mathematica to solve nonlinear partial differential equations for my doctoral research for the last 2 years or so. I am not an expert in Mathematica or mathematics and I am an engineer ...
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What method does NDSolve use for solving PDEs?

What is NDSolve's mode of operation? I use it to solve partial differential equations and never gave it too much thought. Recently, I came across this question. ...
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How can you compute Itō Integrals with Mathematica?

How can you compute Itō Integrals with Mathematica? I tried searching through the documentations but I didn't find anything. P.S. I was not at all sure how to tag this question. I had to put in at ...
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NDSolve does not give me the expected solution

I have an assignment where I need to compute chemical reactions by solving ODEs. I use NDSolve to do this. However, for one problem it does not give me the ...
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NDSolve Problem

I am trying to solve a chemical equilibrium ODE with NDSolve where one function is the argument to another. I.E. My equations look like: ...
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PDE Boundary Conditions

I am solving a PDE using Mathematica and I would like to know how to implement the condition that the two-variable function y[t,s] is zero whenever ...
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Very long Refine/Solve batch run - is my code broken, or just complicated?

So I'm trying to run some Mathematica code in batch mode from my university cluster. Specifically, I'm trying to find the equilibria of a system of ordinary differential equations. Inspired by the ...
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Extracting coefficients from a partial differential equation

Frequently, I come across the following problem: How to rewrite a complicated partial differential equation in a more clear way? I would like to create some order by collecting terms that are equal. ...
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Using physical dimensions in Mathematica DSolve

I would like to calculate a system of two differential equations in Mathematica using DSolve, like: ...
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Creating Plots for a Family of Solutions

I am wondering how do you set the parameters appropriately for $a_n,\,\alpha,\,\text{and }b_n$ to plot the family of solution of: $u_n(r,t) = [a_n\cos(k_n\alpha t)+b_n\sin(k_n\alpha t)]J_0(k_nr)$ ...
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Evaluation of a Variable Coefficient PDE

I am trying to render the solution of the following partial differential equation: $$ u = u(x,y)~;\quad \frac1{x^{2/3}}\partial_xu + x^3\partial_yu + \partial_y^2u + \partial_x^3u = 0 $$ ...
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Solution Curves and Order of Evaluation Question

I'm new to Mathematica, so I thought I'd try to exercise some solution curves. Consider a simple first order ODE: $y'(x)=\cos(x)$. We know the solution will be of the form $y = \sin(x)+c$ I ...
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How to apply restrictions to the “integrated” variable, when using NDSolve?

I have to integrate an energy along a path. I know the energy at the "beginning" of the path (energy[0]), and I can determine the energy change (gain and loss) ...
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MaxSteps and Computing time issue for Solving Differential equation in Mathematica

When we solve differential equation numerically using NDSolve then sometimes we get error like NDSolve::mxst: Maximum steps reached According to Mathematica docs ...
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How to use NDSolve to track equilibrium?

I am looking for an extension of NDSolve where integration runs until certain variables are settled at an equilibrium. Now I have a working solution in my sleeves ...
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How to guarantee that NDSolve correctly detects abrupt changes in parameters?

When using NDSolve, I often have parameters that, in most of their domain, have a constant or null variation, but that suffer from abrupt variations on a very small ...