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DSolve gives different answer to NDSolve

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  • Subject: [mg119813] DSolve gives different answer to NDSolve
  • From: Theo Moore <tsg.moore at>
  • Date: Thu, 23 Jun 2011 07:26:49 -0400 (EDT)

I want to solve:

0.2*dy/dz + y = 0.2/z
y (1 - 1000*I) = 0

on the line z = 1 + s*I with s in [-10, 10]. Simple, right? I can first give
the exact solution a go:

f[x_] = 0.2/x;
eqn = 0.2*y'[x] + y[x] == f[x];
yExact[x_] = y[x] /. DSolve[{eqn, y[1 - 1000*I] == 0}, y[x], x][[1]];
P1 = Plot[Re[yExact[1 + t I]], {t, -10, 10} , PlotStyle -> Thick,  PlotRange
-> 0.3]

It gives s solution which tails off on the left, but has (significantly
large) oscillations on the right.

Fair enough. What about a numerical solution? We solve for a function w[t] y[1 + t*I]

sol = NDSolve[{0.2*w'[t] + w[t] == f[1 + t*I], w[-1000] == 0}, w, {t, -10,
P2 = Plot[Evaluate[Re[w[t] /. sol]], {t, -10, 10}, PlotStyle -> {Thick,
Red}, PlotRange -> 0.3]

Now there are no more oscillations.

Why do we get two different answers? The solution is well behaved along the
domain, with no singularities or branch cuts. If you like, you can also
integrate the first-order ODE and either symbolically or numerically
evaluate the integral. However, you get a solution with oscillations. I
expect oscillations, and I think the numerical NDSolve is incorrect. Have I
made a mistake?

Any help would be appreciated! Thanks.

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