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Final condition instead of initial condition

  1. Aug 24, 2010 #1
    Let's consider a second order differential equation

    [tex]f(x,\dot x,\ddot x,t)=0[/tex]

    and let's suppose that f satisfies all the conditions of the Cauchy Theorem, i.e. f is such that the equation above with the initial conditions

    [tex]x(t_0)=x_0\qquad\dot x(t_0)=v_0[/tex]

    has an unique solution in a certain neighbourhood of t_0, for every t_0.

    My question is, if instead of the two initial conditions above I have an initial and a final condition

    [tex]x(t_0)=x_0\qquad x(t_1)=x_1[/tex]

    under what further conditions on f the solution exists for all x_0 and x_1?
  2. jcsd
  3. Aug 25, 2010 #2
    The existence depends crucially on the nature of the equation. The solution is, in general, not unique.
  4. Aug 26, 2010 #3
    Can you give me some examples? (of a f that satisfies the conditions of my first post but whose solution is not unique for some choice of initial and final conditions)
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