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Nonlinear Differential Equation

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  • Subject: [mg14142] Nonlinear Differential Equation
  • From: David Djajaputra <dd4b at>
  • Date: Mon, 28 Sep 1998 03:51:54 -0400
  • Organization: University of Virginia
  • Sender: owner-wri-mathgroup at


I'm just wondering if anyone knows how to solve this DE:

y''(x) = - 2 y(x) / [1 - y^2(x)],   y(0) = 0,  y'(0) = 1.

The function is periodic. Mathematica says that it's transcendental but
it cannot solve it. I'm curious if the amplitude and/or the period can
be obtained in closed forms. By the way, if you plot it the amplitude

about 0.6 and the period is about 3.7.

Much thanks in advance,


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