*To*: mathgroup@smc.vnet.net*Subject*: [mg10472] Shooting Problem*From*: Alex Tabarrok <00attabarrok@bsuvc.bsu.edu>*Date*: Fri, 16 Jan 1998 04:34:57 -0500*Organization*: Ball State University

Hello, I have a system of two differential equations, k'[t] and c'[t]. In the problem I am working with I know the initial condition for k, k[0]=a and I know a steady state or boundary condition k[sometime]=b. The problem is to choose c[0] so that k[t] arrives (sometime) at point b (which is a steady state). In puttering around with this problem I've been use NDSolve to generate paths beginning at k[0]=a and c[0]=x. Then by trial and error I vary x until I have a path such that k[sometime] reaches b or very near b. Obviously, I would like an interative procedure to do this automatically. Has anyone written such a procedure already? I beleive this method of solving this type of problem is called the shooting method. Thanks -- Alex Tabarrok Department of Economics Ball State University Muncie, IN, 47306 EMail: 00ATTabarrok@BSUVC.BSU.Edu Web Page: http://www.bsu.edu/econ then hit Faculty and then Tabarrok