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Nonlinear DE (with e^t) ?

  1. Aug 20, 2010 #1
    Nonlinear DE (with e^t) !?!

    Good day forum,

    I have this wonderful DE :

    dx/dt = [a - f '(t)]x + (b + d(c^t))(x^2) - 1

    t [tex]\in[/tex] [s,T]
    x(T) = 0

    a, b, d & c are constants.
    f(t) = g + h(k^t) , where g, h & k are constants (but I think specifying this is of no importance)

    My knowledge of non-linear equations is very limited and would sincerely appreciate any help whatsoever.

  2. jcsd
  3. Aug 20, 2010 #2
    Re: Nonlinear DE (with e^t) !?!

    That looks like a Riccati equation:



    and using the standard transformation for a Riccati equation, obtain a second-order (linear) DE:


    Now, you can then put the equation in it's Normal form by letting:

    [tex]u=v\text{exp}\left(-1/2\int P dt\right)[/tex]

    in order to remove the term involving the first derivative. Yeah, I know this ain't easy. I'm getting this right out of "Intermediate Differential Equations" by Rainville. We then obtain the equation:



    [tex]I=Q-1/2 P'-1/2 P^2[/tex]

    and if I just happens to be a constant, that equation can be easily solved.
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