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Quinn McKinsey
11/27/11 00:17am


Mathematica is based on pattern matching, so when you wrote

y''[x] = x^2 * y[x]

initially, mathematica saw y''[x] as a "symbol/variable name" with the value on the left side assigned to it. Then you corrected it to the following

y''[x] == x^2 * y[x]

which at this point is equivalent to

x^2 * y[x] == x^2 * y[x]

which is true. Hence, mathematica gave you the corrrect result of True. When you closed mathematica and re-opened it, you killed the kernel and all definitions. Then you re-ran the code with everything correct from the beginning, and mathematica solved the differential equation.

Next time, you can just go to
Evaluation > Quit Kernel > Local
to achieve the same effect. No reason to restart the whole program just because of one little mistake.

Hope that clears things up,
Quinn McKinsey

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Differential equation Luis 10/13/11 1:50pm
Re: Differential equation Quinn McKinsey 11/27/11 00:17am
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