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I Determine P(t)=(Px(t),Py(t)) given (x0,y0) and v(x,y,t).

  1. Aug 1, 2016 #1
    Dear all,

    I'm a bit confused about a 2D problem which I thought had a simple solution...
    I don't know if I'm correct, so:

    I have a 2D space, and time. I know the velocity field v(x,y,t). I would like to know where the particle which start at the position x0,y0 at an istant t0 is at a certain istant t>t0.

    My idea is:


    Then I would solve it by part...even if the solution can be not easy due to dependence on time,
    vx=px*t, vy=px*py
    %%% % %%
    dpx/px=t dt %px=c1*exp(0.5*t^2)
    dpy/py=px dt %dpy/py=c1*exp(0.5*t^2)dt etc...
    %%% %%%

    Is this answer formally correct?
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  3. Aug 1, 2016 #2


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    These are the path lines of particles. They are given via the velocity field by solving the 1st-order set of ODE's
    $$\frac{\mathrm{d} \vec{x}(t)}{\mathrm{d} t}=\vec{v}(t,\vec{x}(t))$$
    with the initial condition
    The solution of the ODE's describes the motion of a fluid element that was located at ##\vec{x}_0## at time ##t=0##. In other words it gives you the transformation from Euler to Lagrange coordinates.
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