# Guiding center - Math questions

#### Nforce

Hello,

I have a few questions about math which is physics related:

1) Is the curvature drift: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guiding_center an ODE, PDE or just an algebraic equation?

I am gonna post new questions when I get the answer for this one. Thanks.

#### topsquark

Forum Staff
Hello,

I have a few questions about math which is physics related:

1) Is the curvature drift: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guiding_center an ODE, PDE or just an algebraic equation?

I am gonna post new questions when I get the answer for this one. Thanks.
Specifically which equation(s) are you asking about. I saw both Algebraic and partial Differential equations.

An Algebraic equation is one that does not contain neither trigonometry nor derivatives.

A Differential equation has derivatives of only one variable.

A partial Differential equation has derivatives of more than one variable.

-Dan

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#### Nforce

For the curvature drift, this one: On the first look, it can be just algebraic equation. But then on wikipedia it's written that it decomposes.

#### Nforce

So, what kind of equation is this one, as a whole (with all terms written inside)?
Can I solve it with Matlab?

Thanks.