# Differential equation resembling to cycloid

by tom-73
Tags: cycloid, differential, equation, resembling
 P: 2 What is the function corresponding to this ODE: In complex notation it obviously shows up like this: a * z''(t) + b * |z'(t)| * z'(t) + c = 0; The numerical solution shows a graph resembling to a cycloid. Thanks for any help! Tom
Homework
HW Helper
Thanks
P: 8,912
 Quote by tom-73 What is the function corresponding to this ODE: In complex notation it obviously shows up like this: a * z''(t) + b * |z'(t)| * z'(t) + c = 0;
It does? I don't see how.
If you divide through by the surd and subtract the 1st eqn from the second, I believe you get something integrable.
 P: 2 Thank you for your comment. I tried to devide and subtract. The problem is the term in the middle: (y' - eps*x') vs. (x' + eps*y') It makes the situation even worse - I did not succeed in finding a simplified pattern. The complex notation in my first post has been derived by simply multiplying the 2nd equation by i and adding the result to the first equation. What I investigated in the meanwhile: The cycloid ODE in complex notation should be a * z''(t) + b * z'(t) + c = 0; The only difference is the multiplication with |z'| in the middle which in fact produces a value near 1 for curtate cycloids with r1 << r0 (the point tracing out the curve is inside the circle, which rolls on a line AND it is close to the center). The ODEs in my first posts describe a phugoid, a more general form of the cycloid I suppose. It seems that the phugoid has no analytic solution. Any suggestions? Tom
Homework
HW Helper
Thanks
P: 8,912

## Differential equation resembling to cycloid

Sorry, I overlooked what happens to the RHS. My original suggestion was nonsense.
 The complex notation in my first post has been derived by simply multiplying the 2nd equation by i and adding the result to the first equation.
Ah yes, I see it now. Sorry for the noise.

 Related Discussions Calculus & Beyond Homework 1 Differential Equations 5 Differential Equations 7 General Physics 4 Introductory Physics Homework 2