# Linear dynamical systems

## Homework Statement

Convert the differential equation for x,

x''' + 2(x''2) = 0

Into a system of first order differential equations. Put the system in vector form

## The Attempt at a Solution

I'm able to do this for simpler DE's but I can't seem to find an answer for this one. Do i need to do anything different because of the 3rd derivative?

## The Attempt at a Solution

tiny-tim
Homework Helper
hi johnaphun! what's the difficulty? put a = x'' and solve, then put v = x' and solve

HallsofIvy
Homework Helper
Same thing except that I tend to prefer to use letters near the beginning of the alphabet, like "a", to represent constants, letters near the end, like "x", to represent variables.

Since your equation is $x'''+ 2(x'')^2= 0$, let y= x' and z= y'= x'' so that x'''= z'. Now, $x'''+ 2(x'')^2= z'+ 2z^2= 0$, $y'= z$, and $x'= y$.

tiny-tim
Normally, I'd agree! … but this equation looked to me like a dynamical equation, with x being distance, so I preferred the familiar form of x' = v, v' = a. 