Quick question! I'm supposed to plot solution curves for the ODE y'(t)+nty(t) = 0, y(0) = 3 with integer n varying from 1 to 6 inclusive. In the process, I have to use interpolated functions obtained via NDSolve, even though the ODE in question does have analytical solutions. The final plot should look like this: enter image description here

I got the graph above using Matlab, which I'm familiar with, but I'm a newbie in the Wolfram language. I began by stating the ODE:

diffEq = y'[t] + n*t*y[t] == 0

Then, I could use DSolve and obtain the analytical solution of the ODE in symbolic form with n as a parameter and proceed to plot the 6 curves, but, as mentioned above, I have to use NDSolve instead. Typing

NDSolve[{diffEq, y[0] == 3}, y[t], {t, 4}]

is no use because NDSolve needs numerical data, and the program cannot generate any without knowing the value of n. I could use a For or Table, but I still don't know how to use these commands appropriately. Some help would be great.

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    $\begingroup$ Use ParametricNDSolve $\endgroup$
    – bbgodfrey
    Commented Dec 7, 2021 at 3:31

2 Answers 2


You might want to consider ParametricNDSolveValue

pNDSolveValue = ParametricNDSolveValue[{y'[t] + n t y[t] == 0, y[0] == 3}, 
  y[t], {t, 4}, {n}]

enter image description here

Plot[Evaluate @ Table[pNDSolveValue[n], {n, 1, 6}], {t, 0, 4}, 
 AxesLabel -> (Style[#, 16] & /@ {t, y[t]}), 
 PlotLegends -> Placed[PromptForm[n, #] & /@ Range[6], Scaled[{.8, .6}]], 
 ImageSize -> Medium]

enter image description here


could use a For or Table, but I still don't know how to use these commands appropriately.

One possibility.

Mathematica graphics

ode = y'[t] + n*t*y[t] == 0;
sols = Table[First@NDSolve[{ode, y[0] == 3}, y, {t, 4}], {n, 1, 6}];
leg = Table[Row[{"n = ", n}], {n, 1, 6}];
leg = Placed[LineLegend[leg, 
        LegendFunction -> (Framed[#, FrameMargins -> 0, 
        Background -> White] &)], {Right, Top}];

Plot[Evaluate[y[t] /. sols], {t, 0, 4}, AxesLabel -> {"time", "y(t)"},
 PlotLegends -> leg,
 GridLines -> Automatic, 
 GridLinesStyle -> Directive[Gray, Dashed, Dashing[0.003]],
 BaseStyle -> 12, ImageSize -> 400]

References: The trick to put white background for legend frame thanks to this answer


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