       Re: NDSolve and error

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• Subject: [mg92563] Re: NDSolve and error
• From: Peter Pein <petsie at dordos.net>
• Date: Sun, 5 Oct 2008 06:06:33 -0400 (EDT)
• References: <gc7fql\$elo\$1@smc.vnet.net>

```dodatki at poczta.fm schrieb:
> Hello!
> Lately I wrote simple code in Mathematica
>
> sol[p_] :=
>   NDSolve[{Sqrt[
>           1 + (y'[t])^2] == (x^(p - 1) + (y[x])^(p - 1)*y'[x])/(x^p +
>                 y[x]^p)^(1 - 1/p), y == 6}, y, {x, 1, 4}]
>
> but when I typed sol the following kind of error was shown:
>
> NDSolve::"ndnum": "Encountered non-numerical value for a derivative at
> \
> \!\(x\) == \!\(4.587812868332132`*^-296\)."
>
> May I know what I'm doing wrong? Or how can I improve that code to
> work correctly?
>                                   John
>

Hi John,

try to replace y'[t] in the call to Sqrt by y'[x], and you'll get an exact
solution for p=2:
In:= DSolve[{Sqrt[Derivative[y][x]^2 + 1] ==
(x^(p - 1) + y[x]^(p - 1)*Derivative[y][
x])/(x^p + y[x]^p)^(1 - 1/p),
y == 6} /. p -> 2, y, x]
Out= {{y -> Function[{x}, 6*x]}}

Peter

```

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