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NDSolve and NumericQ

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  • Subject: [mg116309] NDSolve and NumericQ
  • From: Simon Pearce <Simon.Pearce at>
  • Date: Thu, 10 Feb 2011 05:24:34 -0500 (EST)

Hi Mathgroup,

I have a differential equation in terms of y[S] which contains several complicated piecewise functions inside the ODE. I currently then use NDSolve in order to find a solution for y. This works, but takes  about 10 seconds to solve.
I'd like to speed this up, and I'm wondering if NDSolve is trying to differentiate the piecewise function explicitly, as has been mentioned before in the group ( The solution given there is to use ?NumericQ to prevent evaluation without supplying the value, common enough (and an entirely separate issue on the group - can't we have an option in FindRoot and related functions so we can turn this off?). But I'm having trouble in doing this and using NDSolve, the method I'm trying to use currently .

So a test problem:

AA[y_, S_?NumericQ] := Sin[y[S]] + y'[S]/S
NDSolve[{AA[y, S] == 0, y[0] == 1}, y, {S, 0, 1}]

Giving the error "NDSolve::dvnoarg: The function y appears with no arguments", as it tries to evaluate for a general S. It works if I take the ?NumericQ out of the definition, but that isn't what I'm trying to do.

As an example of a function which doesn't work if we take the ?NumericQ out of the definition:

BB[y_, S_?NumericQ] :=  Sin[y[S]] + y'[S]/S + NIntegrate[(Sqrt[t] + Sin[t]), {t, 0, S}]
NDSolve[{BB[y, S] == 0, y[0] == 1},y, {S, 0, 1}]
Same error again.

CC[y_, S_] :=  Sin[y[S]] + y'[S]/S + NIntegrate[(Sqrt[t] + Sin[t]), {t, 0, S}]
NDSolve[{CC[y, S] == 0, y[0] == 1},y, {S, 0, 1}]
This gives errors on the NIntegrate which suggest to me that NDSolve is doing something to the equation before putting values in for S. The result is correct, but isn't immediate.

Anyone have any idea how to do this?

Simon Pearce
University of Nottingham

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