# 2nd Order Nonlinear ODE Question

1. Sep 16, 2014

### frank1234

1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

Solve the 2nd order nonlinear differential equation, with initial conditions y(0)=0 and y'(0)=1

y''=2ay^3-(a+1)y with a within [0,1]

It would be greatly appreciated if someone could point me in the right direction on this. Thanks!

2. Relevant equations

3. The attempt at a solution

I have rearranged the equation to be y''+ya+y=2ay^3

Last edited: Sep 16, 2014
2. Sep 16, 2014

### LCKurtz

Not sure how much help it is to you, but assuming $a>0$ Maple gives a solution in terms of Jacobi functions:$$y = \textrm{JacobiSN}(x,\sqrt a)$$

3. Sep 16, 2014

### frank1234

Hmmmm, I am not sure if that helps. I will have to give that some thought...

4. Sep 16, 2014

### frank1234

Any other suggestions on how to go about solving this would be helpful.

5. Sep 17, 2014

### pasmith

Use the identity $$y'' = y'\frac{dy'}{dy} = \frac12 \frac{d}{dy}(y'^2).$$

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