1. ## lotka-volterra equations?? Euler

Hey guys
I am working on oscillation and have been looking at the lotka-volterra equations. I may have misunderstood the question, but this is the equations:

y'= Ax-Bxy
y'=-Cy+Dxy

I may have misunderstood, but i am supposed to find a numerical solution using Eulers method. Well, give an example of it. Can anyone help me pls. Really desperate.

2. ## Re: lotka-volterra equations?? Euler

Hey MathNoobMisc.

Eulers method in general is just a taylor expansion of a function involving the initial condition and the derivative.

We know that the first two taylor series terms are f(x) = f(a) + (x-a)*f'(a).

If we have a system of equations, we replace x's and a's with vectors where f'(a) is a linear object (i.e a nxn matrix for system of n equations) and our Euler up-date becomes:

f(x) = f(a) + C*(x-a) where a = [a1,a2,...,an] and x = [x1,x2,....,xn] and C is nxn derivative evaluated at vector a.

What computational tools do you have? Do you have MATLAB or the open source version Octave (and GUIOctave)?