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

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How to fit 3 data sets to a model of 4 differential equations?

I'm a biologist and a newbie in Mathematica. I want to fit three data sets to a model consisting of four differential equations and 10 parameters. I want to find the parameters best fitting to my ...
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How to splice together several instances of InterpolatingFunction?

I have a set of InterpolatingFunction returned by NDSolve which are valid over different (but overall continuous) domains. How ...
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Find all roots of an interpolating function (solution to a differential equation)

I'm trying to find all the roots of the solution to a differential equation. Using NSolve or Reduce I don't get the roots, so I'm using an iterative method which I found in physicsforums.com. This ...
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Basins of Attraction

How does one shade the basin(s) of attraction of a phase plot in Mathematica? I have been trying to do this using the system $$\begin{align*} \dot x &= y\\ \dot y &= -9\sin(x) - 0.20y ...
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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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Plotting a Phase Portrait

I'm trying to plot a phase portrait for the differential equation $$x'' - (1 - x^2) x' + x = 0.5 \cos(1.1 t)\,.$$ The primes are derivatives with respect to $t$. I've reduced this second order ODE to ...
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Has this implementation of FDM touched the speed limit of Mathematica?

Still, I'll use the implementation of the 1D FDTD method (you can simply understand it as a kind of explicit finite difference scheme for the Maxwell's equation) as the example. Just for completeness, ...
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Poisson solver using Mathematica

I am looking for some help with a Poisson solver I am writing in Mathematica. The code is quite long with Arrays plugged in, so the full details can be found at http://pastebin.com/uSrSDcW6 I am ...
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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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Solving an ODE in power series

How do I find a series solution to an ODE? I do not mean taking the Taylor series of an exact solution; I want to solve nasty nonlinear differential equations locally via plug and chug. Surely, that ...
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Error entering equation in DSolve

I entered a command incorrectly as follows: DSolve[{y'[x]=y[x]},y[x],x] I am now experiencing: ...
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Complex valued 2+1D PDE Schroedinger equation, numerical method for `NDSolve`?

Based on the heat equation of the Mathematica Manual tutorial, I wrote the complex counterpart (Schroedinger) equation, for the free particle propagation of an initial wavepacket. ...
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I failed to solve a set of one-dimension fluid mechanics PDEs with NDSolve

The fluid here has been assumed as single component perfect gas i.e. it obeys the equation $p=ρ R T$, the thermal conductivity is assumed as a constant, so the equation set is: ...
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Animation of double pendulum

Sadly, I am a completely newbie. I am studying Physics and in our theoretical physics class we got the task to solve the double pendulum using Mathematica. We just got the program, but no introduction ...
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Integral equation numerical solution with NDSolve

I'm trying to solve something like: f[x] == Integrate[f[x]*g[x]] where g[x] is known and ...
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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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Numerically solving an inhomogeneous partial differential equation

I'm trying to solve a cylindrical partial differential equation with boundary conditions. But I got an error message saying ...
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How can I plot the direction field for a differential equation?

I'd like to plot the graph of the direction field for a differential equation, to get a feel for it. I'm a novice, right now, when it comes to plotting in Mathematica, so I'm hoping that someone can ...
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How to plot and solve the numerical solution of a integro-differential equation

I have a integro-differential equation of the form $y'(t) = - \int_0^t {y(t_1 )} e^{t_1 - t} dt_1, {\rm{ t}} \in {\rm{[0,10], y(0) = 1}}$ My code is: ...
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How can I deal with a non-numerical value for a derivative at $t = 0$ when using NDSolve?

I want to solve two coupled equations with NDSolve, ...
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NDSolve with vector function

(Possible duplicate yet I still can't understand.) Basic 2D revolving around origin: ...
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How to visualize slope fields of differential equations without vectors?

I'm looking to visualize slope fields of differential equations for my differential equations course. Every example I see draws them as vectors, adding unnecessary "arrows" that, to me, are visually ...
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Why my differential equations become True? [duplicate]

I've been trying to solve a system of nonlinear differential equation, but the conditions are a bit weird. Two of the differentials equate to the same equation, but have different boundary ...
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Numerically solving Helmholtz equation in 2D for arbitrary shapes

I would like to solve the Helmholtz equation with dirichlet boundary conditions in 2 dimensions for an arbitrary shape. (for a qualitative comparison of the eigenstates to periodic orbits in the ...
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Solving a time-dependent Schroedinger equation

I want to solve the time-dependent Schroedinger equation: $$ i\partial_t \psi(t) = H(t)\psi(t) $$ for matrix, time-dependent $H(t)$ and vector $\psi$. What is an efficient way of doing this so ...
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NDSolve with Euler method

I want to solve this equation with NDSolve[] using the Euler method: x'[t] == 0.5*x[t]-0.04*(x[t])^2 with initial condition ...
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NDSolve with vectors

I'm stumped. I'm trying to write this using vectors, but the 2nd derivative isn't being expanded like I expected it to be. This is a system of equations for a projectile with quadratic drag and ...
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StreamPlot for Bifurcation Diagram

When we do a StreamPlot, I want to show the bifurcation when $a = 0$ transitions to $a >0$, but do not see a better way to do this than the following. ...
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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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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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No result from DSolve

I don't get any answer when I evaluate the following expression: ...
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How to impose normalization condition (not initial condition) on DSolve or NDSolve?

I have a set of differential equations (or DAEs): $\begin{cases} 5x_{2} + 3x_{4} + 3x_{5} = \frac{dx_{1}}{dt}\\ 5x_{1} + 5x_{2} + 5x_{3} + 3x_{4} + x_{5}= 0\\ 3x_{2} + 3x_{4} + 10x_{5} = ...
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Variable naming changes everything

I am having a rather unusual problem I do not understand with Mathematica where renaming one of the variables of my function causes the function to stop "working". Here is the example of the code ...
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Optimizing a Numerical Laplace Equation Solver

Laplace's Equation is an equation on a scalar in which, given the value of the scalar on the boundaries (the boundary conditions), one can determine the value of the scalar at any point in the region ...
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help to plot Poincare section for double pendulum

I am reading a book about classical mechanics. In the chapter about chaos, it gives the simplified and scaled equations for double pendulum as $$ \frac{d}{dt}\left[ \begin{matrix} \alpha \\[3mm] ...
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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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How to draw the image of a circle under the action of a transformation of the phase flow?

How to draw the image of a circle $x^2+(y-1)^2<1/4$ under the action of a transformation of the phase flow for the equation $\dot{x}=y,\ \dot{y}=-\sin x$? Here $\dot{x}$ means $dx/dt$. Any help or ...
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Solve Laplace equation using NDSolve

I am new to Mathematica, a friend recommended this software and started using it, in fact download the trial version to know. I recently did a program in C to calculate numerically the solution to ...
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Bifurcation diagrams for multiple equation systems

I am interested in constructing a bifurcation diagram for some of my parameters (especially for β and γ) in the dynamical system given in the code below. I want to see how parameter changes affect the ...
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Click in a vector plot to plot several solutions of a system of differential equations

I am aware of the Locator button and I am aware of the Equation Trekker package, but they are not what I want to use. Here is what I specifically want to know how to do, if possible. Consider 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 can I solve my system of differential equations?

I have a question pertaining to my code below: I require to find the values of the roots E2 that will set the function ...
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ParametricPlot3D doesn't appear

Here I have one simple system solvable with NDSolve. I don't know why ParametricPlot3D doesn't present trajectory in space. I have solutions for x[t], y[t] and z[t] ...
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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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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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DSolve doesn't find a solution

I have this partial differential equation (G and M are constants): and a solution is: Mathematica doesn't find any solutions. My code for DSolve is: ...
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To solve Cylinderical PDE

I want to solve this PDE. I have tried to solve it with NDSolve but found error 'Boundary values may only be specified for one independent variable. Initial ...
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Elegant way of obtaining the envelope of oscillating function [duplicate]

I am solving a differential equation numerically and the output is an oscillating function with the amplitude of the oscillation decaying in time. I would like to extract the power law governing this ...
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How do I solve a PDE with a strange boundary condition?

How do I solve the PDE with boundary value like this $$u(t,x,y)=0, \textrm{when } F(x,y)=0$$ using DSolve? As a specific example, I want to solve heat equation $$\frac{\partial u}{\partial ...
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Solve a PDE on a domain $\Omega$ with given boundary conditions

I'm starting to study the behavior of some PDEs and I would like to run simulations in mathematica to help me visualize solutions. For example, a prime example that I would like to study is $$ ...