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Re: Nonautonomous ODEs
*To*: mathgroup at smc.vnet.net
*Subject*: [mg72750] Re: Nonautonomous ODEs
*From*: dh <dh at metrohm.ch>
*Date*: Wed, 17 Jan 2007 07:28:56 -0500 (EST)
*Organization*: hispeed.ch
*References*: <eoht6m$puv$1@smc.vnet.net>
Hi Virgil,
use "Piecewise". E.g. F[t_] := Piecewise[{{1, t < 6}, {0, True}}, 0];
Daniel
Virgil Stokes wrote:
> I am having a problem with the numerical solution of non-autonomous
> ODEs. For example, I have the following code for a simple linear 2nd
> order ODE with a forcing function, F[t_]
>
> Clear[x,t]
> a = 36;
> b = 12;
> c = 145;
> t0=0; tmax = 20;
> eqn := a x''[t] + b x'[t] + c x[t] == F[t]
> F[t_] := 100 Exp[-t/6]Cos[2 t];
>
> The following code gives its analytical solution and a plot of the
> solution for zero initial conditions,
>
> soln = DSolve[{eqn,x[0]==0,x'[0]==0},x[t],t]//Simplify
> truesoln = x[t]/.soln
> Plot[truesoln,{t,t0,tmax}];
>
> The numerical solution and its plot can be obtained with,
>
> soln = NDSolve[{eqn,x[0]==0,x'[0]==0},x[t],{t,t0,tmax}];
> Plot[Evaluate[x[t]/.soln],{t,t0,tmax}];
>
> My problem, is that suppose the driving function is a sequence of unit
> amplitude rectangular pulses, each with width of 0.3 and having a period
> 1.0, then how can F[t_] be defined so that NDSolve can be used to obtain
> a numerical solution?
>
> --V. Stokes
>
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