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Manipulating differential equations

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  • Subject: [mg18552] Manipulating differential equations
  • From: Martin Heimann <martin.heimann at>
  • Date: Sat, 10 Jul 1999 02:18:47 -0400
  • Organization: mpi
  • Sender: owner-wri-mathgroup at

Dear colleagues,

I would like to insert test functions into an expression that contains

dg1 = c''[x] + g c'[x]

I would like e.g. to replace c[x] by Exp[-a x]:

dg1/.c[x]->Exp[-a x]

but this doesn't work; one has to put substitution rules for each of the
derivatives explicitly. Is there a more elegant way to achieve this?

Martin Heimann
Max-Planck-Institut fuer Biogeochemie
Postfach 100164, D-07701 Jena, Germany
(Street Address: Tatzendpromenade 1a)

Tel.:  +49-3641-64-3773/3701,  Fax.: +49-3641-64-3710
Email: martin.heimann at

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