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Re: ODE in mathematica. what is wrong?

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  • Subject: [mg91320] Re: [mg91307] ODE in mathematica. what is wrong?
  • From: Murray Eisenberg <murray at>
  • Date: Fri, 15 Aug 2008 06:54:12 -0400 (EDT)
  • Organization: Mathematics & Statistics, Univ. of Mass./Amherst
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First, insert the missing spaces between other names and y (and avoid 
the Subscript expressions):

   NDSolve[{y'[x]==-\[Rho] y[x],y[0]==y0,I \[HBar] y'[x]==\[Epsilon] 
y[x],y[0]==y0,y''[x]+2 \[Rho] y'[x]+k^2==0,y'[0]==g0},y,x]

Second,it doesn't make sense to ask for a NUMERICAL solution, with 
NDSolve, unless you specify an interval: the last argument should not be 
x but rather something like {x,0,2}.

Third, I'm suspicious of your system of differential equations, because 
if I ask for an exact, symbolic expression by using DSolve instead of 

   DSolve[{y'[x]==-\[Rho] y[x],y[0]==y0,I \[HBar] y'[x]==\[Epsilon]
      y[x],y[0]==y0,y''[x]+2 \[Rho] y'[x]+k^2==0,y'[0]==g0},y[x],x]

... then I get an error DSolve::overdet "There are fewer dependent 
variables than equations, so the system is overdetermined."

hoi-su jung wrote:
> Hi,
> I am a freshman of Mathematica, I need help here...
> I met such problem as:
> NDSolve[{ y'[x] == -\[Rho]y[x], y[0] == Subscript[y, 0], 
>   I\[HBar] y'[x] == \[Epsilon]y[x], y[0] == Subscript[y, 0], 
>   y''[x] + 2 \[Rho]y'[x] + k^2 == 0, y'[0] == Subscript[g, 0]}, y, x]
> NDSolve::dvnoarg: The function y appears with no arguments.
> How to Handle???

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