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Lagrangian method for nonlinear ODE, 2nd order ?

  1. Sep 13, 2008 #1
    Lagrangian method for nonlinear ODE, 2nd order ??

    I have to solve non-linear ODE of 2nd order. The Maple routines can't find integrating factor. I think that's connected to Lie symmetries that can't be found.

    I'm thinking of getting a Lagrangian for which that equation is the Euler-Lagrange equation and somehow guess a symmetry of the Lagrangian or perhaps choose more appropriate variables in the equation to obtain partial if not general solutions. Essentially that is looking for a Noether symmetry (Lagrangian method) vs Lie symmetry (integrating factor method).

    Has anyone seen something like that? Give references if you can.
    Last edited: Sep 13, 2008
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