Math 293, Homework 2, due Wed. 9/11/96
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O.
If you have not learned any MATLAB in the past and cannot get hold of any good
MATLAB documentation, you get a free one week extension on the first computer homework
(HW 1, problem 4)
I.
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II.
Please read over the General Course Information sheet carefully.
III
Make sure you can do problems 1.2.1-1.2.17 (solving special 1st and 2nd order equations
by integration). Once you see what these are about, the hard part is doing the
integrals. For this purpose you can use a table of integrals, MAPLE, or MATHEMATICA.
As a challenge and math review, you should see how many of the integrals you can do
without looking anything up.
IV.
Try a few of problems 1.2.18-1.2.34 and make sure you can do problems of that type
(word problems involving position and velocity for constant acceleration).
VI.
Computers have two uses in this class: 1) as a calculation tool for solving problems
related to the material, and 2) as a pedagogical aid. Your learning of MATLABs ODE23
is the former use. The latter use includes the program DFIELD.M and the functions
it uses DFSOLVE.M and DFSOLVE.MEX written by John C. Polking of Rice University.
These programs also {\it happen} to be written in MATLAB but are more sophisticated
than anything you would be expected to be able to do.
These programs are (or will be shortly) in a Math 293 folder on the Upson computers.
They will also be emailed to you on Wedensday 9/4/96.
To use the program just open DFIELD from inside MATLAB. Read the first two paragraphs
of comments and note the buttons and menus available for use. To print a plot after
you have made it just type {\tt print} on the MATLAB command line.
Use this program to set up and do some problems of the type 1.3.1-1.3.10 (Use drawn
slope fields to approximately graph 1st order ODE solutions). Try drawing some graphs
by hand to compare to the curves drawn by the computer.
V.
Try a few of 1.3.21-1.3.30 and see if you get the idea of the conditions for existence
and uniqueness. You might also try these with DFIELD to get a feel of the issues involved.
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Problems to hand in
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1.
Write: I have read the general course information pages and have the following
question(s) about course policy: (fill in any questions you have).
2. 1.1.29 (Finding an ODE from a geometric description of the curve.)
3.
Here we start with a word problem and ask you to solve it 3 different ways.
a)
Turn this sentence into a differential equation: `The velocity of a particle is
proportional to sin(t).'
b)
Assume the proportionality constant is 2 and that the initial position is 3
(in some consistent set of units). Re-write the equation and define the 'initial
value problem'.
c)
Find x(t) using the method of problems 1.2.1-10 (integration). Also find x at t=\pi.
d)
Use DFIELD to get a graphical solution to (b) and compare your result.
e)
Use a modification of your solution to homework 1, problem 4 to get a solution using
ODE23 (numerical integration that you control --- less canned than DFIELD). Compare
to the results of (c) and (d) }
4.
1.2.23 (Constant acceleration involving guns and bombs. The important part is going
from words to equations.)
5.
1.3.31 OR (extra credit) 1.3.36. (Existence and uniqueness stuff).
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