Has this old saw ever been answered?

Does the differential equation:

dy/dx=1/x+1/y

have a solution in terms of elementary functions?

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- Jul 14th 2006, 03:52 PMbobbykOde
Has this old saw ever been answered?

Does the differential equation:

dy/dx=1/x+1/y

have a solution in terms of elementary functions? - Jul 15th 2006, 11:23 AMRebesques
I don't think so :(

This doesn't mean we can't solve it - even approximate the solution numerically. :cool:

As I sucked in Lebesgue spaces, I assume is smooth, and for the sake of well-posedness,

Then etc,

and a Taylor's expansion sais

so

- Jul 15th 2006, 02:38 PMbobbykOde
Thanks for responding. I appreciate your interest in this question.

Of course you can solve it numerically! But can the numerical solution be

shown to be an ELEMENTARY function? That's the question. - Jul 15th 2006, 05:19 PMRebesques
...Well I already said i don't think so! :o :o :o

- Jul 15th 2006, 05:25 PMbobbykOde
Yes you did! And thanks again!

- Jul 15th 2006, 07:19 PMThePerfectHacker
I did try to solve this but alas I am having little success.

Rewrite,

Note, this is a*non-homogenous*.

Thus, begin by finding the general solution of,

Thus,

Note, this is a*Bernoulli, equation*

Use substitution,

Thus,

.

Thus,

Thus,

Thus,

Thus,

---> general solution.

For the particiluar solution for this ode I had trouble. I went threw many different attempt non of them work. So maybe this is no elementary function which satisfies this particular condition. - Jul 16th 2006, 06:22 AMRebesquesQuote:

non-homogeneous [...] particiluar solution

I don't think that method applies here, because the equation is not linear. :( - Jul 16th 2006, 07:12 AMThePerfectHackerQuote:

Originally Posted by**Rebesques**

- Jul 16th 2006, 07:41 AMRebesquesQuote:

That bothered me too, I chose to ignore it.

...U are the man!!! :D - Jul 16th 2006, 09:03 AMtopsquarkQuote:

Originally Posted by**ThePerfectHacker**

-Dan - Jul 16th 2006, 09:21 AMThePerfectHacker
I only do that when it comes to diffrencial equations.