       Re: shooting method, boundary value problem

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• Subject: [mg113775] Re: shooting method, boundary value problem
• From: Alois Steindl <Alois.Steindl at tuwien.ac.at>
• Date: Fri, 12 Nov 2010 05:26:43 -0500 (EST)
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```Hello,
as stated, your problem has really only the trivial solution. But if you
replace the second boundary condition by y(Pi/2)=0, you get a whole
family of solutions y=A Cos[t].
In order to pick one of these, you could replace the second boundary
condition by a proper initial condition, say y=A. The second boundary
condition would still be satisfied.

If you are thinking about nonlinear problems, the period of the solution
could vary. To state the problem as a standard BVP, you have to rescale
your x variable, e.g. by setting
x = T*tau,
where T satisfies the trivial ODE T'=0. tau is the rescaled time.
So you could also specify your problem as
y''[tau]+T[tau]^2 y[tau] ==0,
T'[tau]==0,
y==A,
y'==0,
y==0

with the initial guess T=Pi/2.

With this method you could also solve more difficult problems, like
e.g. the pendulum equation:
y''[tau]+T[tau]^2 Sin[y[tau]] == 0.

Good luck
Alois

```

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