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NDSolve does not work in shooting method

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  • Subject: [mg44107] NDSolve does not work in shooting method
  • From: "Alexander Koulidis" <cool at>
  • Date: Thu, 23 Oct 2003 07:14:49 -0400 (EDT)
  • Organization: National Technical University of Athens, Greece
  • Sender: owner-wri-mathgroup at

This comes from a newbie in Mathematica, so have some mercy....

I'm trying to reproduce some examples of the shooting method that have been
published in this forum, but Mathematica 5.0 shows some strange behavior
with NDSolve.

In Brian

The following code implements the shooting technique

system[a_] := {y1'[x] == y2[x], y2'[x] == -Sin[y2[x]] + Cos[5x],
y1[-1] == 0,
      y2[-1] == a};
myODEsoln[a_] := NDSolve[system[a], {y1[x], y2[x]}, {x, -1, 1}]
yend[a_] := (y1[x] /. myODEsoln[a]) /. x -> 1
bc = FindRoot[First[yend[a]] == 0, {a, -2, 2}];
Plot[Evaluate[y1[x] /. myODEsoln[a /. bc]], {x, -1, 1},
    AxesLabel -> {"x", "y1(x)"}];

While the code was working fine in v. 4.2, now it produces warnings of
"NDSolve::ndinnt :" or "RuleDelayed::rhs".
Can someone test this code in v5.0? Does anyone have some idea of what is
happening and should I implement a typical shooting method?
Thanks in advance.
Alexander Koulidis, Athens, Greece

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