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Why doesn't Mathematica solve this simple differential equation?

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  • Subject: [mg69235] Why doesn't Mathematica solve this simple differential equation?
  • From: Joseph Gwinn <JoeGwinn at comcast.net>
  • Date: Sun, 3 Sep 2006 01:39:37 -0400 (EDT)
  • Sender: owner-wri-mathgroup at wolfram.com

Here is the system I'm trying to solve.  It's an electrical circuit 
consisting of a capacitor C1 (with initial voltage 4.0 volts), a 
resistor R1, and a diode in series.  


Approach 1:

eqns11 = {Q1'[t] == -Iloop[t], Q1[t] == C1*Vc[t],     Vr[t] == 
R1*Is*Exp[Vd[t]/0.026], Vc[t] == Vr[t] + Vd[t], Vc[0] == 4.0}

eqns12 = eqns11 /. {C1 -> 1.0*10^-6, R1 -> 16, Is -> 10^-13}

eqns12soln = NDSolve[eqns12, Q1, {t, 0, 1}]


Approach 2:

eqns21 = {Vc'[t] == -Id[t]/C1, Vc[t] == 0.026*Log[Id[t]/Is] + R1*Id[t],     
Vc[0] == 4.0}

eqns22 = eqns11 /. {C1 -> 1.0*10^-6, R1 -> 16, Is -> 10^-13}

eqns22soln = NDSolve[eqns22, Vc, {t, 0, 1}]


Both approaches fail with Mathematica complaining that "NDSolve::ndode: 
Input is not an ordinary differential equation".

Another, simpler, problem (same circuit but without the R1) solves 
happily, so long as I eliminate all intermediate variables manually.

eqns1 = {Vd'[t] == -Is*Exp[Vd[t]/0.026]/C, Vd[0] == 4.0}

eqns2 = eqns1 /. {C -> 1.0*10^-6, Is -> 10^-13}

eqns2soln = NDSolve[eqns2, Vd, {t, 0, 1}]


Any ideas?

Joe Gwinn


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