# Getting the message NDSolve::underdet:

I am solving the wave equation with initial position and velocity function:

Remove[y]
equetions =
{D[y[x, t], {t, 2}] == (c^2)*D[y[x, t], {x, 2}],
y[x, 0] == Sin[x], Derivative[0, 1][y][x, 0] == Sin[x]}
NDSolve[equetions, {t, 0, 100}, {x, -100, 100}]


I am getting the following message:

NDSolve::underdet: There are more dependent variables, {y[x,0],y[x,t],(y^(0,1))[x,0],(y^(0,2))[x,t]}, than equations, so the system is underdetermined. >>

• Don't you need to specify boundary conditions as well? – march Aug 18 '15 at 1:06

You cannot have a variable c in your equations that doesn't has a value when you use NDSolve. The function NDSolve is a numerical solver and all parameters need to be specified.

Furthermore, you are missing some boundary conditions for your problem. They are needed to be specified accordingly. Here is a working example of your problem:

eq = {
D[y[x, t], {t, 2}] == (c^2)*D[y[x, t], {x, 2}],
y[x, 0] == Sin[x],
Derivative[0, 1][y][x, 0] == Sin[x],
y[-Pi, t] == y[Pi, t]
} /. c -> 1.2

NDSolve[eq, y, {t, 0, 10}, {x, -Pi, Pi}] • why do you need y[-Pi, t] == y[Pi, t] isn't initial position and velocity determines everything ? – user47376 Aug 18 '15 at 9:48