# A simple ODE I think

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dc/dx = x$^{2}$e$^{-xc}$

?? it doesnt seem too simple, first its non separable non linear, but it is only first order. not quite sure what the post is for

Make the subst, $u(x) \equiv x \, c(x)$ and see what ODE you get for $u(x)$.

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?? it doesnt seem too simple, first its non separable non linear, but it is only first order. not quite sure what the post is for

Hi Raymo I must apologise. The equationI wrote is wrong.

The right equation is dc/dx = e$^{-xc}$

This solves for the y coordinate of a unit speed geodesic in the plane with a particular metric of constant negative curvature. The x coordinate is easy. Maybe a conformal change of coordinates would give an easier equation.

Hi Raymo I must apologise. The equationI wrote is wrong.

The right equation is dc/dx = e$^{-xc}$

This solves for the y coordinate of a unit speed geodesic in the plane with a particular metric of constant negative curvature. The x coordinate is easy. Maybe a conformal change of coordinates would give an easier equation.

Make the subst, $u(x) \equiv x \, c(x)$ and see what ODE you get for $u(x)$.

This is not a correct hint for this equation.

I think I found the way though. Solve your equation in terms of $c$:

$$\ln c' = - x \, c$$

$$c = -x \frac{1}{\ln p}, \ p \equiv c'(x)$$

Your equation becomes an implicit ODE of the D'Alemebert - Clauraut type. It is reduced to a linear ODE w.r.t. $x = x(p)$ after differentiating w.r.t. $x$.

What differential equation do you get at this step? Can you perform the integral in a closed form using elementary functions?