       NDSolve in matrix form

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• Subject: [mg120464] NDSolve in matrix form
• From: Glenn Carlson <g.crlsn at gmail.com>
• 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 = {x1,x2,...}.

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

Glenn

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