This gives detailed description of all supported diﬀerential equations in my step-by-step
ode solver. Whenever possible, each ode type algorithm is described using ﬂow
chart.
Each ode type is given an internal code name. This internal code is used internally by the
solver to determine which solver to call to solve the speciﬁc ode.
A diﬀerential equation is classiﬁed as one of the following types.
First order ode.
First order ode linear in \(y'(x)\).
First order ode not linear in \(y'(x)\) (such as d’Alembert, Clairaut).
Second order ode.
Linear second order ode.
Linear homogeneous ode. (the right side is zero).
Linear homogeneous and constant coeﬃcients ode.
Linear homogeneous and non-constant coeﬃcients ode.
Linear nonhomogeneous ode. (the right side is not zero).
Linear nonhomogeneous and constant coeﬃcients ode.
Linear nonhomogeneous and non-constant coeﬃcients ode.
Nonlinear second order ode.
Nonlinear homogeneous ode.
Nonlinear nonhomogeneous ode.
Third and higher order ode.
Linear higher order ode.
Linear homogeneous ode. (the right side is zero).
Linear homogeneous and constant coeﬃcients ode.
Linear homogeneous and non-constant coeﬃcients ode.
Linear nonhomogeneous ode. (the right side is not zero).
Linear nonhomogeneous and constant coeﬃcients ode.
Linear nonhomogeneous and non-constant coeﬃcients ode.
Nonlinear higher order ode.
Nonlinear homogeneous ode.
Nonlinear nonhomogeneous ode.
For system of diﬀerential equation the following classiﬁcation is used.
System of ﬁrst order odes.
Linear system of odes.
non-linear system of odes.
System of second order odes.
Linear system of odes.
non-linear system of odes.
Currently the program does not support Nonlinear higher order ode. It also does not support
nonlinear system of ﬁrst order odes and does not support system of second order
odes.
The following is the top level chart of supported solvers.
This diagram illustrate some of the plots generated for direction ﬁeld and phase
plots.
For a diﬀerential equation, there are three types of solutions
General solution. This is the solution \(y(x)\) which contains arbitrary number of
constants up to the order of the ode.
Particular solution. This is the general solution after determining speciﬁc values
for the constant of integrations from the given initial or boundary conditions.
This solution will then contain no arbitrary constants.
singular solutions. These are solutions to the ode which satisfy the ode itself and
contain no arbitrary constants but can not be found from the general solution
using any speciﬁc values for the constants of integration. These solutions are
found using diﬀerent methods than those used to ﬁnding the general solution.
Singular solution are hence not found from the general solution like the case is
with particular solution.