I am new to Mathematica, so excuse me if this is trivial. I could not find anything similar by browsing questions or the wiki.

I am working with a long set of ODEs but currently my problem can be watered down with the following example:

sol = ParametricNDSolve[{f'[t] == (a+b)*f[t], f[0] == 1}, f, {t, 0, 10}, {a,b}]


What I am trying to accomplish with this is to calculate the value of a that yields f[b][a][5]==0 for every b in the range {b,2,4,0.5}. However, I am getting the following error:

ParametricNDSolve::fpct: Too many parameters in {a,b} to be filled from {2}.

Thanks for taking the time to read, any help would be appreciated!

EDIT: As @Daniel Huber noticed I had the syntax for the two-parametric function wrong. With the corrected syntax,:

sol = ParametricNDSolve[{f'[t] == (a+b)*f[t], f[0] == 1}, f, {t, 0, 10}, {a,b}]

I no longer get the aforementioned error. Yet the output is blank {{}, {}, {}, {}, {}}.

  • $\begingroup$ The 2 parametric function f needs 2 arguments, e.g. like f[2,1] and not f[2][1] $\endgroup$ Nov 10, 2022 at 20:09
  • $\begingroup$ Thanks for pointing this out. When I modify the code to f[b,a] I no longer get the error. However, I don't get any results either. Instead, the output is {{}, {}, {}, {}, {}} $\endgroup$ Nov 10, 2022 at 20:15

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I would play around with the function that you get first before trying to just use numerical root finding on the function. For instance, a little playing around got me this:

sol = ParametricNDSolve[{f'[t] == (a + b)*f[t], f[0] == 1}, f, {t, 0, 10}, {a, b}];
ContourPlot[0 == f[b, a][5] /. sol // Evaluate, {a, -12, -10}, {b, 2, 4}]

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From there, we can use FindRoot along with some reasonable guesses for the value of a based on the intersection of those grid lines with the zero-contours of the function:

guesses = {-10.25, -11.75, -11.25, -12.75, -13, 25};
bs = Range[2, 4, 0.5];
Table[FindRoot[f[bs[[kk]], a][5] /. sol, {a, guesses[[kk]]}], {kk, 1, Length@bs}]
(* {{a -> -12.5729}, {a -> -15.1251}, {a -> -13.5729}, {a -> -16.1251}, {a -> -13.8383}} *)

Not perfect, but if give you the idea.

  • $\begingroup$ This worked, but unfortunately my system of DEs showed a very strange behavior with ParametricNDSolve with two parameters. I will probably post a more complete question with my full code. Thanks for taking the time to help! $\endgroup$ Nov 11, 2022 at 16:43

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