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System Help

  1. Dec 10, 2004 #1
    Hello everyone I am hoping to get a little with a system.

    Here is the the system:

    dx = y

    dy = -y^2 - sin(x)

    I need to find all the equilibira and determine whether they are sinks, sources, etc...

    I need to sketch the x and y nullclines.

    Indicate the direction of the solution curve in any regions bounded by the nullcines.

    Lastly, sketch the entire phase plane.

    Thank you for the help in advance!
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  3. Dec 11, 2004 #2


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    What have you done so far?
  4. Dec 11, 2004 #3


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    An "equilibrium" point is where the function is a constant: you must have
    [tex]\frac{dx}{dt}= y= 0[/tex]
    [tex]/frac{dy}{dt}= -y^2- sin9x)= 0[/tex].

    What does that tell you?
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