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Prob with NDSolve in Mathematica

  1. Feb 14, 2012 #1
    How can I show the regular part of the solution of a differential equation, numerically solved with NDSolve, if there's a singularity on the curve ?

    I know how to use NDSolve and show its solution, but Mathematica gives a bad curve after some point (singularity jumping). I don't want to show this part, just the regular curve BEFORE the singularity (which is occuring at t = %$&*).

    More precisely, the curve function should be strictly positive : a[t] > 0. The NDSolve should stop the resolution if a <= 0. I added the command StoppingTest -> (a[t] < 0.001) or StoppingTest -> (a[t] <= 0) but it doesn't work. I'm still getting wrong curve parts with a[t] < 0.

    Any idea ?
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  3. Feb 14, 2012 #2


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    Why don't you just solve over the interval you're solving over now, but only plot it over the interval where it's positive?
  4. Feb 14, 2012 #3
    Duh ! Because I don't know in advance what are the singularities !

    There are two singularities on the curve, and I need to plot the regular part between them. There's no way I can know in advance the exact values of the singularities.
  5. Feb 14, 2012 #4


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    Try using Sow and Reap inside the NDSolve, and only Sow when the answer meets your criterion, as in the attached notebook.

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  6. Feb 14, 2012 #5
    Very good trick ! Thanks a lot for that info ! :smile:

    However, I found the right solution to my problem : I just have to define the x values at which the curve y[x] blows away, like this :

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    Xmin := (y /. Curve)[[1]][[1]][[1]][[1]]
    Xmax := (y /. Curve)[[1]][[1]][[1]][[2]]
    Then, I plot the curve between these two values.
  7. Feb 14, 2012 #6


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    I don't see how that's different than what I suggested.. but glad it worked for you
  8. Feb 14, 2012 #7
    Actually, it's exactly what you suggested. I just wasn't able to see how to implement it at first.
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