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Re: Surprising DSolve problem

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  • Subject: [mg123979] Re: Surprising DSolve problem
  • From: "Dave Snead" <dsnead6 at charter.net>
  • Date: Tue, 3 Jan 2012 05:29:47 -0500 (EST)
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Sam,

Mathematica is deficient in this area.
(Hopefully they'll improve this someday)

Use it to solve 
y''[x] + (2 y[x])/(Cosh[x]^2) == 0
for y and then substitute x->x/a for a solution to 
y''[x] + (2 y[x])/(a^2 Cosh[x/a]^2) == 0

Cheers,
Dave Snead


-----Original Message----- 
From: Sam Takoy 
Sent: Sunday, January 01, 2012 11:42 PM 
To: mathgroup at smc.vnet.net 
Subject: [mg123979] Surprising DSolve problem 

Hi,

I find that my Mathematica (8.0.1)

can do

DSolve[ y''[x] + (2 y[x])/(Cosh[x]^2) == 0, y, x]

but can't do

DSolve[ y''[x] + (2 y[x])/(a^2 Cosh[x/a]^2) == 0, y, x] (*Additional
constant "a")

If I am not mistaken, the equations are equivalent by a trivial change
of variables.

What's going on here?

Thanks,

Sam





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