

Title: Zero? Post by kyle1080 on Nov 9^{th}, 2009, 2:56pm Prove or disprove that all solutions of x"+x'x'+x^{3}=0 go to zero as t>\infinity. 

Title: Re: Zero? Post by Michael Dagg on Nov 13^{th}, 2009, 4:51pm Hint: [hide]Rewrite the ODE in terms of phase plane variables so that it can be integrated with respect to x . Pick a line segment with endpoints lying along some trajectory and then argue that the path of the function g(x,y) = C (constant) obtained by integration closes in on the origin whereby the trajectory crosses g(x,y) successively. Since the trajectory is arbitrary you're done.[/hide] 

Title: Re: Zero? Post by kyle1080 on Nov 14^{th}, 2009, 3:36pm Don't follow. Differentiation is with respect to t not x. Problem is not that simple. 

Title: Re: Zero? Post by Michael Dagg on Nov 15^{th}, 2009, 6:59am [hide] Note that x" = d^2/dt^2[x] = 1/2*d/dx[(x')^2] . Then 1/2*d/dx[(x')^2] + x^3 = x'x' but in the phase plane dx = x' dt = y dt , that is, y = dx/dt = x' and so 1/2*d/dx[y^2] + x^3 = yy . [/hide] 

Title: Re: Zero? Post by kyle1080 on Nov 15^{th}, 2009, 10:45am Relation for x'' is a surprise. I still don't get it. There is no function in the problem having the independent variable x, unless you use x^{3} as function, like f(x)=x^{3}. 

Title: Re: Zero? Post by diemert on Nov 21^{st}, 2009, 11:01am OR x=0 

Title: Re: Zero? Post by Michael Dagg on Nov 23^{rd}, 2009, 8:52am > OR x=0 True, but the trivial solution is not representive of all solutions. > There is no function in the problem having the > independent variable x, unless you use x3 as > function, like f(x)=x3. Not necessary. You may want to review differentiation and integration. 

Title: Re: Zero? Post by kyle1080 on Nov 25^{th}, 2009, 10:32am That is a setback. Do you know what your are talking about? The right side of the equation doesn't integrate with respect to x as far I can see and I don't see how to relate an expression that does with one that doesn't. 

Title: Re: Zero? Post by SMQ on Nov 25^{th}, 2009, 10:38am on 11/25/09 at 10:32:56, kyle1080 wrote:
While I haven't followed the details of this thread, it has been my experience that yes, Michael Dagg knows what he's talking aboutand better than most. SMQ 

Title: Re: Zero? Post by ThudanBlunder on Nov 25^{th}, 2009, 1:27pm Probably Kyle has not studied phase planes yet. 

Title: Re: Zero? Post by kyle1080 on Nov 25^{th}, 2009, 5:28pm Hello! I am friendly and sincere. I wasn't implying anything specific. Please don't take what I said out of context. Yes, I know about the phase plane but I don't understand the integration and what was said for the conclusion. I am listening. 

Title: Re: Zero? Post by Aryabhatta on Dec 21^{st}, 2009, 11:20pm on 11/25/09 at 17:28:54, kyle1080 wrote:
The first sentence of Michael Dagg's hint says: Rewrite the ODE in terms of phase plane variables so that it can be integrated with respect to x. Did you manage to get past this or are you stuck at this point? 

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