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November 1st, 2016, 11:51 AM  #1 
Senior Member Joined: May 2012 Posts: 203 Thanks: 5  Numerical
Hello, I want to solve an ode numerically, but, it has a complex number coefficient. How can I proceed?

November 1st, 2016, 03:53 PM  #2 
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All of the standard numerical solver methods work perfectly well with complex numbers.

November 7th, 2016, 09:46 AM  #3 
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I have an ode that looks like this... Y"+(1/x)*Y'=(k+i*R)*Y where Y is a function of x, and R and K are real numbers and all x are real numbers (not complex) Y(0)=a, Y'(0)=b Is the general solution complex? I am looking for a real solution. What numerical method would you suggest me to use for this? Can you outline how you would solve this? Last edited by skipjack; November 7th, 2016 at 11:27 PM. 
November 7th, 2016, 11:41 PM  #4 
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Unless R = 0, the only possible real solution is Y = 0 (provided that a = b = 0 as well).


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