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Unsolvable ODEs in physics

  1. Mar 26, 2013 #1
    Hi, I'm trying to come up with some examples of ODEs (not PDES) in physics that are unsolvable analytically, and for some reason I'm drawing a blank.

    There are a few obvious examples from classical mechanics such as a pendulum and coupled springs etc... but beyond that I can't seem to recall coming across any.

    Can anyone think of some ODEs that describe interesting physics and whose derivation can be understood without too much background knowledge?
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