# How to plot an Ordinary differential equations

Hey guys I'm using mathematica 5 now, and so new to this software thing. May I know how to plot the direction field using PlotVectorField[] and also finding complete solution curve for this equation?

$$\frac{dy}{dx}-\frac{y}{x}=\frac{4x^2}{y}\cos(x)$$

Please do help or give me any tips if possible. Thanks in advance.

• Look up DSolve[] and ListVectorPlot[]. In addition, for this ODE, you should give a boundary condtion.
– xyz
Mar 18, 2016 at 2:59
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• Mathematica Version 5 is very old. If possible try to grab a newer one. There has been a lot of improvements since then! Mar 18, 2016 at 3:47
• DSolve[{y'[x] == y[x]/x + 4 x^2 Cos[x]/y[x], y[a] == b}, y[x], x] // FullSimplify Mar 18, 2016 at 3:57
• erm can you explain why i need to add y[a] == b ? cause my lecture didnt say anything about it. thanks Mar 18, 2016 at 4:42

yy[x_, a_, b_] := Evaluate[y[x] /. 