# Non-numerical value for a derivative on NDSolve function

I am trying to solve the following system of differential equations:

eqn1 = m1 x1''[t] + k1 (x1[t] - x2[t]) + c1 (x1'[t] - x2'[t]) == 0;
eqn2 = m2 x2''[t] + k1 (x2[t] - x1[t]) + c1 (x2'[t] - x1'[t]) + k2 (x2[t]) + c2 (x2'[t])
==c2*(1.09013 Cos[Pi*13.88*t]) + k2*(0.025 Sin[Pi*13.88*t]);


To solve them I am using the following code for NDSolve:

ivals = {x1 == 0, x1' == 0, x2 == 0, x2' == 0};
soln = NDSolve[{{eqn1, eqn2}, ivals}, {x1[t], x2[t]}, {t, 0, 10}];


When I try to solve this I get the following error message:

NDSolve::ndnum: Encountered non-numerical value for a derivative at t == 0

And I don't understand why.

I would very much appreciate some help.

• Try another set of initial conditions; right now x1[t]=x2[t]=0 is a solution. – chris Apr 6 '14 at 18:27

eqn1 = x1''[t] == - (x1[t] - x2[t]) - (x1'[t] - x2'[t]);
eqn2 = x2''[t] == -k1 (x2[t] - x1[t]) - (x2'[t] - x1'[t]) + - (x2[t]);


Then

 ivals = {x1 == 1, x1' == 0, x2 == 1, x2' == 0};
sol = DSolve[Flatten@{{eqn1, eqn2}, ivals} // Evaluate, {x1[t], x2[t]}, t]


works…

So would this if you want symbolic m1,m2,c1,c2

eqn1 = m1 x1''[t] == - k1 (x1[t] - x2[t]) - c1  (x1'[t] - x2'[t]);
eqn2 = m2 x2''[t] == -k1 (x2[t] - x1[t]) -  c2 (x2'[t] - x1'[t]) + - (x2[t]);