Transformation of homogeneous ODE

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• Subject: [mg610] Transformation of homogeneous ODE
• From: mcdonald at delphi.umd.edu (William MacDonald)
• Date: Mon, 27 Mar 95 18:01:15 EST

```Apologies for a stupid response to Jack Goldberg's question.  I did
not check what was happening before firing off my answer, which was

Write the ODE
h[y_,x_]:= x^2 D[y,{x,2}] + 4 x D[y,x] + 2 y
then evaluate
h[u[x]/x^2,x].

Now to the second part, substituting for the independent variable,
x = Log[t].
This does not turn this equation into one with constant coefficients.
I think Jack meant to use
t = Log[x].
This should give the equation
D[w[t],{t,2}] + 4 D[w[t],t] + 2 w[t]
where
w[t_] := y[Exp[t]].
But this requires throwing in a factor of dt/dx at appropriate places.
I have not got this worked out.
--

William M. MacDonald
Professor of Physics
University of Maryland
Internet: mcdonald at delphi.umd.edu

```

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