Message Boards Message Boards


DSolve only works with redefinition of functions?

Posted 2 months ago
3 Replies
2 Total Likes


I am trying to solve the following system of two coupled differential equations.

sol1 = DSolve[
   a'[t] == - 2 I g (a[t] + Exp[- I 2 g t] * b[t]),
   b'[t] ==   2 I g (b[t] + Exp[  I 2 g t] * a[t]),

   a[0] == 0,
   b[0] == 1
   }, {a, b}, t]

which does not work. And I do not understand why as it has an analytic solution. It is simple to see by substituting a[t],b[t] in the following way:

a[t_] := Exp[-2 I t g]  aa[t]
b[t_] := Exp[ 2 I t g ]  bb[t] 

sol1 = DSolve[
   a'[t] == - 2 I g (a[t] + Exp[- I 2 g t] * b[t]),
   b'[t] ==   2 I g( b[t] + Exp[  I 2 g t] * a[t]),

   a[0]== 0,
   b[0]== 1
}, {aa, bb}, t]

I do not understand, why one version works, while the other does not? Any hints would be appreciated. What did I miss?

3 Replies
Posted 2 months ago

Does none have any advise, or maybe just a guess/idea what I could research on to find out by myself, why one case is working and the other is not?


You should report this to technical support. It fails for me in version 12.2 but in a different version of Mathematica it solves properly (both give the same answer)

enter image description here

Posted 2 months ago

Hi Neil,

Thanks for your reply. Oh ok. That's kind of sad, because now I can't really learn from it. But I reported it to the technical support!

Thanks for looking at it. Marius

Reply to this discussion
Community posts can be styled and formatted using the Markdown syntax.
Reply Preview
or Discard

Group Abstract Group Abstract