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Relationship between two solutions

  1. Sep 10, 2011 #1
    Let [itex] t \in \mathbb{R} [/itex] be large.
    Let [itex] f [/itex] be a function over [itex] [0,t] [/itex] satisfying [itex] f(0) = 1 [/itex] and [itex] f'(x) = e^{-f(x)} [/itex] for all [itex] x[/itex].
    Let [itex] g [/itex] be a function over [itex] [0,t] [/itex] satisfying [itex] g(0) = 1 [/itex] and [itex] g'(x) = (1 - g(x)/t^2)^{t^2} [/itex] for all [itex] x[/itex]. Note that [itex] g'(x) \sim e^{-g(x)}[/itex].

    Without solving the two differential equations and finding out [itex] f [/itex] and [itex] g [/itex] (which can be done at least approximately), can the fact that [itex] f(0)=g(0)=1 [/itex] and [itex] g'(x) \sim e^{-g(x)} [/itex] be used to show that [itex] f(x) \sim g(x) [/itex] for all [itex] x[/itex] in [itex] [0,t][/itex] ?
     
    Last edited: Sep 10, 2011
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  3. Sep 11, 2011 #2

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    This makes no sense. If g is a function of x only, its derivative cannot depend upon both x and t. Did you mean [itex]g'(x) = (1 - g(x)/x^2)^{x^2} [/itex]?

     
  4. Sep 11, 2011 #3
    HallsofIvy, I meant for [itex] g(x) [/itex] to depend on [itex]x[/itex] and [itex]t[/itex]. You should think of [itex]t[/itex] as being a large constant, say, [itex] t=10^{10} [/itex].
     
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