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

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Is it possible to do vector calculus in Mathematica?

I am trying to rearrange and manipulate some vector differential equations in Mathematica. As far as I understand you have to tell Mathematica that a variable is a vector by specifying the components ...
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Optimizing Monte Carlo simulation of a Pred-Prey model

My assignment and code As part of an assignment for one of my classes, I'm trying to run a "massive" Monte Carlo simulation in Parallel on the follow model: ...
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Change variables in differential expressions

I have a fairly complicated differential expression in terms of a variable r and two unknown functions of r, B[r] and n[r]. I want to do a Taylor expansion of this around r=infinity. I want to do this ...
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Modelling a Rocket Launch using NDSolve

I'm trying to model a rocket launch with Mathematica but I've run into a little problem since I don't know how to turn the thrust off. I'm using Newton's Law of Universal Gravitation plus an added ...
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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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Specifying mesh in NDSolve

I am trying to solve a system of one-dimensional two-point boundary-value problems with NDSolve. I would like use a fixed mesh (specified by me) in the calculation. Is there a way to do this? The ...
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vectorial ODE in mathematica with matrix exponentials

I want to solve the following equation in mathematica : DSolve[{X'[t] == A.X[t], X[0] == ( {{0},{0}} )}, X[t], t] It is a system of 2 ODEs coupled by the matrix A, ...
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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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Solving a system of ODEs with the Runge-Kutta method

I´m trying to solve a system of ODEs using a fourth-order Runge-Kutta method. I have to recreate certain results to obtain my degree. But I'm a beginner at Mathematica programming and with the ...
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Can NDSolve handle discountinuos data?

It is possible to numerically solve a differential equation if not-smooth data are involved? For example the following instruction return the error NDSolve::bvdisc: ...
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How to graph a series of coupled oscillators and watch the wave move along them

Here are the differential equations that set's up the 11 coupled oscillators. ...
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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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Kinetic Friction in Mathematica, weird behaviour

I found the behavoiur of Sign function weird in the code below. when $T=10$ ...
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Finding a 3d curve from torsion and curvature with NDSolve

I'm trying to use the Frenet–Serret formulas to find the curve that matches the torsion and curvature I specify numerically with an InterpolatingFunction. The ...
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How to deal with zero in NDSolve in mathematica?

I would like to solve the following ODEs $$\begin{cases} x'(t)&=y\\ y'(t)&=-y(t)/t-e^{x(t)},\\ x(0)&=1,\\y(0)&=0, \end{cases}$$ (EDIT : The second equation used to be $y'(t) = ...
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Simplifying general solutions of differential equations (driven harmonic oscillator)

Solving general differential equations in Mathematica usually leads to somewhat unsightly results. As an example, consider the solution of the driven, damped harmonic oscillator: ...
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how to solve ODE with boundary at infinity

y''[x]-x y[x]==0 y[0]==AiryAi[0], y[infinity]==0 the analytic solution to this ODE is the Airy function y[x]=AiryAi[x] if I ...
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NDSolve and WhenEvent Causing Excess Work

When I use the following system model = {x'[t] == x[t] (1 - x[t]) - x[t] y[t], y'[t] == x[t] y[t] - y[t], x[0] == 0.5, y[0] == 0.5} with the ...
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How do I solve coupled ordinary differential equations?

I have four coupled ODE's. I am not sure how to plot and solve them using Mathematica. I won't give the exact problem, but the following is something analogous: The equations ...
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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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Numerically Simulating a Simple Differential Equation: RC Circuit

I need to learn to simulate a differential equation in Mathematica. The differential equation that I need to simulate is complicated, without an analytical solution. However, I am brand new to ...
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Solving recurrence sequence using an ODE

I'm trying to solve the recurrence a[n] == 0 for n < l a[l] == 1 a[n] == (l + 2(n - l) a[n - l] + (n - l)(n - 1) a[n - 1])/n(n - l + 1) for n >= l using ...
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RegionPlot from NDSolve

I am having quite a headache using RegionPlot to see the region of acceptance of certain coupled differential equation. I shall elaborate and try to be as ...
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Manipulation of InterpolatingFunction

Suppose that $q[t]$ is obtained by NDSolve as an InterpolatingFunction, and I want to define $Q[t]$ to be some function of ...
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NDSolve problem with matrix valued function

I got a strange problem when using NDSolve to solve a matrix value function σ[t] = {{σx[t], σxy[t]}, {σyx[t], σy[t]}} when I ...
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How do I interpret an error message from DSolve?

I am trying to find non-trivial solutions of the ODE $\lambda u'(x) = u(x+R) - u(x)$ using Mathematica. In particular, I am using the command ...
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Solve a differential equation with an integral inside?

I am trying to solve this differential equation in Mathematica: y'[t]+integral from 0 to t of y[x]dx =e^(-t) where y[0]=0. Is this possible?
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NDSolve and Piecewise functions

I want to clarify upfront, This is not a please help me get the answer to my homework question. I know what I need to do I just do not know how to get mathematica to do it. I am working on an ...
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Customizing display of partial differential equations

I am manipulating partial differential equations symbolically, and would like to get the easily readable form $\rho \frac{\partial v}{\partial t}$, leaving variables implicit. Based on suggestions ...
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Working with a system of differential equations that cannot be solved explicitly

I have to work a lot with three functions $\;o_1(t), o_2(t), o_3(t)\;$ that are solutions to the certain system of differential equations: ...
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How to add (energy) constraint when using NDSolve to Equation of Motion

To simplify my problem, I will try and solve the Equation of Motion for a particle in a 1D Harmonic Potential. energy[x_, p_, m_, ω_] := p^2/(2 m) + (m ω^2)/2 x^2 ...
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Drawing disk with coordinates from NDSolve

I have simple Manipulation expression, but continuously getting error Coordinate {x[0.], y[0.]} should be a pair of numbers, or a Scaled or Offset form. I assume that something is wrong with ...
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Automatically detect largest interval over which NDSolve can find a solution

Question: Consider the following numerical resolution: NDSolve[eqn, {x1[t], x2[t], y[t]}, {t, tmin, tmax} where eqn, ...
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Detecting a collision in n-body simulation with NDSolve

Consider this three-body system: ...
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Unexpected results from NDSolve

I am trying to solve a stiff reaction diffusion system with NDSolve. However, it does not produce the expected results. My problem is a spherical cell with 5 ...
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VariationalD giving the wrong solution?

EDIT: As pointed out in the comments, VariationalD gives a variational derivative (which I don't want), not a derivative with respect to a function (i.e. ...
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Solve system of ordinary differential equations that doesn't have an initial condition (t=0), but has an inifinity condition (t=infinity)?

I have a question for solving t -> Infinity on Mathematica. First, I have a system of ODEs: ...
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Set some Method options for NDSolve globally while allowing others to change

In a code base that is difficult to change for unrelated issues, I have many invocations of NDSolve that look like the following: ...
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How to handle NDSolve::ndsz problem (singularity problem)

I have 2 second order differential equations (non-linear). The physics behind them is correct. I verified the equations many times. It is a solid pendulum with a mass-spring at the end of it. Now, ...
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NDSolve and memory usage

After some googling, i've found similar problems around, but didn't find a 100% satisfactory answer, so let me ask here: I'd like to solve a 1+1 problem using the method of lines. In spherical ...
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Numerical solution of Schrödinger-type equation in Mathematica [duplicate]

I want to solve the following differential equation numerically: \begin{equation} i\partial_{t}\psi(r,t)=\left[-\frac{\Delta}{2m}+g\left|\psi(r,t)\right|^{2}+V_{d}(r,t)\right]\psi(r,t) \end{equation} ...
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Modify NDSolve`StateData (if possible)

I am trying to solve a PDE that needs to be scaled constantly (refer to this). @andre suggests I modify NDSolve`StateData. Now, the problem is, I'm not used to ...
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Modeling neural excitation with a non-linear differential equation

I think I have a special problem and I am not sure how to search for an answer, so I thought I would try here. I am working with the so called FitzHugh-Nagumo model which describes very simple ...
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Second-Order Feedback Pathways

I'm relatively new to Mathematica and I've tried searching and reading through the Mathematica documentation but I'm not able to find a good place to start. I want to model a simple, second-order ...
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Does Mathematica have a command analogous to ode45 of MATLAB?

Does anybody know if Mathematica has an analogue of MATLAB's ode45 command? I need to solve a second order coupled ODE system of equations.
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DSolve not finding solution I expected

Try to solve the following ODE via DSolve $$ \left\{\begin{aligned} y'(x)+2 y(x) e^x-y(x)^2 &= e^{2 x}+e^x \\ y'(0) &=1 \end{aligned}\right. $$ The ...
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Problem using WhenEvent to constrain solution

Note: This question has also been posted at the Wolfram Community Problem: Simulate pressure in volume 1 and 2 for 1 second. The circuit is as follows: From this I set up the governing DE for ...
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Creating a 3D List Line Plot From Discrete Points

Given the following Runge-Kutta ODE solver and the graphical output below, how do I get a 3D line plot instead of a 3D point plot? I see that there is no ListLinePlot3D function, so I thought it might ...