# Is this second solution to this ODE correct?

Mathematica V 12.2 on windows 10. I was using Mathematica to check my solution for this ODE. Mathematica gives 2 solutions. Any idea where the second solution came from? and is it correct?

Here is my solution, and Mathematica's solution

ClearAll[y, x];
ode = y'[x] == 2*Sqrt[1 + y[x]]*Cos[x];
sol = DSolve[{ode, {y[Pi] == 0}}, y, x]

(* {{y->Function[{x},-2 Sin[x]+Sin[x]^2]},{y->Function[{x},2 Sin[x]+Sin[x]^2]}} *)


Only the second solution verifies. And that is what I obtained also. The question is, how did Mathematica obtain the first one above?

Assuming[Element[x, Reals], Simplify@(ode /. sol[])]
(* Cos[x] Sin[x] == Cos[x] *)

Assuming[Element[x, Reals], Simplify@(ode /. sol[])]
(* True *)


My solution: The ODE $$\frac{ \mathop{\mathrm{d}y}}{\mathop{\mathrm{d}x}} = 2 \sqrt{y +1}\, \cos \left(x \right)$$ is separable. Hence
\begin{align*} \left(\frac{1}{2 \sqrt{y +1}}\right)\mathop{\mathrm{d}y}&= \cos \left(x \right)\mathop{\mathrm{d}x}\\ \int \left(\frac{1}{2 \sqrt{y +1}}\right)\mathop{\mathrm{d}y}&= \int \cos \left(x \right)\mathop{\mathrm{d}x}\\ \sqrt{y +1} &= c_{1}+\sin \left(x \right) \end{align*} Initial conditions are now used to solve for $$c_{1}$$. Substituting $$x=\pi$$ and $$y=0$$ in the above solution gives an equation to solve for the constant of integration. \begin{align*} \sqrt{1} &= c_{1} \end{align*} But $$\sqrt{1}=1$$, taking the principal root. Therefore \begin{align*} c_1 &= 1 \end{align*} Substituting $$c_{1}$$ found above in the general solution gives $$\sqrt{y \left(x \right)+1} = \sin \left(x \right)+1$$ Solving for $$y \left(x \right)$$ gives \begin{align*} y(x)+1 &= (1+\sin(x))^2 \\ y(x)+1 &= (1+\sin^2(x)+2 \sin(x)) \\ y(x) &= \sin^{2}x +2 \sin(x) \end{align*}

From the above, I see that Mathematica must have obtained two solutions for $$c_1$$ as $$\pm 1$$ when taking $$\sqrt 1$$.

Only then will it obtain these two solutions. For when $$c_1 = -1$$, the first solution that it shows will come out. And when $$c_1= 1$$, the second solution will come out.

Is Mathematica's first solution correct? Should Mathematica have obtained only that $$c_1 = 1$$ and not $$c_1 = \pm 1$$?

• No, but it is a solution to the rationalized ODE, y'[x]^2 == (2*Sqrt[1 + y[x]]*Cos[x])^2. This seems to happen "a lot," enough that I'm not surprised. I'm not sure why it doesn't check, other than in some cases the checking might take a long time. Dec 25, 2020 at 14:31
• DSolve follows your path up to the point where you apply the initial conditions. DSolve first solves for y[x], squaring both sides and creating a quadratic equation for C. Dec 25, 2020 at 15:33
• I came across a similar issue some time ago, see here: mathematica.stackexchange.com/questions/214195/… Dec 25, 2020 at 18:27
• Maple produces the only solution $y\! \left(x\right)=\sin\! \left(x\right)^{2}+2 \sin\! \left(x\right)$ in according with that theorem . May 26, 2021 at 6:10
• The bug still occurs in 12.3. May 26, 2021 at 6:18

ClearAll[y, x, ode, sol];

(* The given equation ode is a non-linear (quadratic) ODE, which yields two
solutions, as expected. Since both solutions satisfy the ODE they are both correct.
Note that the ODE is equivalent to: y'[x]^2 == 4*(1 + y[x])*Cos[x]^2 *)

ode = y'[x] == 2*Sqrt[1 + y[x]]*Cos[x];
sol = DSolve[{ode, {y[Pi] == 0}}, y[x], x]

(* OUT: {{y[x] -> -2 Sin[x] + Sin[x]^2}, {y[x] -> 2 Sin[x] + Sin[x]^2}} *)

(* In order to obtain a single solution, we need to reduce the ODE to
a quasi-linear ODE, by defining an auxiliary boundary condition, say
at x=0, that will constrain the solution to the one that we seek *)

bcNew = ode /. x -> 0

(* OUT: y' == 2 Sqrt[1 + y] *)

solNew = DSolve[{ode, y[Pi] == 0 && bcNew}, y[x], x]

(* OUT: {{y[x] -> 2 Sin[x] + Sin[x]^2}} *)

(* QED *)

• Your claim " Note that the ODE is equivalent to: y'[x]^2 == 4*(1 + y[x])*Cos[x]^2 *) " does not correspond to reality. May 26, 2021 at 7:17
• +1 for your workaround. May 26, 2021 at 7:43