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NDSolve in matrix form

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  • Subject: [mg120464] NDSolve in matrix form
  • From: Glenn Carlson <g.crlsn at>
  • Date: Sun, 24 Jul 2011 03:19:46 -0400 (EDT)
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I am trying to numerically solve systems of ODEs using Mathematica 7.

The desired accuracy that I am striving for depends on the number of solution functions so I want to structure my solution algorithm to allow different numbers of solution functions. Solving the problem as a system of ODEs in matrix form seems the logical choice:

     dX/dt = f[X[t]],

where f[X[t]] is a specified function, and X[t] is a vector of solution functions {x1[t],x2[t],...}. The initial conditions are specified by a vector X[0] = {x1[0],x2[0],...}.

In my problem, the number of solution functions will usually vary from 3 to 7, but could be any number.

One approach that doesn't work is:

     f := {f[[1]][t], f[[2]][t], f[[3]][t]}
     fInit := {0, 0, 2}
     mat := {(-3*f[[1]][t] - f[[2]][t]), 26.5*f[[1]][t] - f[[2]][t] - f[[1]][t]*f[[3]][t], f[[1]][t]*f[[2]][t] - f[[3]][t]}
     solution =  NDSolve[{Derivative[1][f][t] == mat, f[0] == fInit}, f, {t, 0, 17}]

I don't know if the problem is in the way f is specified or in my expression for NDSolve.

I'd appreciate any assistance.

Thanks and regards,


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