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Re: Some problems with DSolve and NDSolve

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  • Subject: [mg19836] Re: Some problems with DSolve and NDSolve
  • From: Jens-Peer Kuska <kuska at>
  • Date: Sun, 19 Sep 1999 01:20:23 -0400
  • Sender: owner-wri-mathgroup at


> The problem is that NDSolve can handle only explicit systems of differential
> equations, i.e. ODE's of the form
>   (x1', x2', ..., xn') == f(x1, x2, ..., xn),
> but your equations are given in implicit form:
>   f(x1, x2, ..., xn, x1', x2', ..., xn') == 0

That is simply not true. NDSolve can handle implicit equations as long
as the coefficient matrix is not singular. But *this* is exact the case

Replace *one* of the i1'[t]-i2'[t] terms in the equations by
(the quations are still implicit) but now Solve[_,{i1'[t],i2't]}] can
it to the explicit form.


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