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Analytical proofs in mathematical papers

  1. Jan 15, 2013 #1
    I am writing my first paper in applied mathematics.I would like to know how important is it to write a analytical proof for the numerical solutions arrived?I always thought these sort of things were left to the 'pure mathematicians' and one didn't need to bother.As a engineer,I was always used to substituting into formulae and arriving at solutions :). But,now that I write a paper for a journal,should I make it more theoretical?

    This is what I am writing my paper on:

    I am making a mathematical model of a ecological system.I use a system of non-linear differential equations to model the system.These equations involve parameters.On modelling these system of equations numerically in MATLAB ,I arrive at "surfaces with folds" i.e cusps,elliptic umbilics etc. Should I arrive at a mathematical-analytical proof to explain the reason for the shapes of these surfaces?Do I even need to for a applied math paper?
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  3. Jan 15, 2013 #2
    If you wish to include such material I would suggest an appendix rather than inclusion in the main body of the text.
  4. Jan 16, 2013 #3
    I hope I am not misleading with the term 'analytical proof'.I meant it in the pure math sense.The reason I have this doubt is because I am writing a mathematical biology paper and it wouldn't make sense to include MATLAB programs in the paper,rather a mathematical proof would give the reader a straight idea as to what the system is and how it would behave if varied.So,I ask again,would it make sense to include a mathematical proof(already in existence) and a few lines of the author's mathematical understanding of the subject in a 'mathematical biology' paper?
  5. Jan 16, 2013 #4

    Stephen Tashi

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    Look at other papers published in the journal you are sumitting your paper to. See what type of expositions the editors of the journal have accepted.
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