# Ordinary Differential Equations/Glossary

## CEdit

complementary function
The solution to the related homogenous equation for a nonhomogenous equation

## DEdit

differential equation
An equation with one or more derivatives in it. $F(x,y,y',y'',y''',...)$
domain
a solution of differential equation is a function y=(x)y which, when substituted along with its derivative among the differential equation satisfies the equation from all x in some specified interval.

## FEdit

first order equation
Any equation with a first derivative in it, but no higher derivatives. $F(x,y,y')$

## GEdit

general solution
The solution to a differential equation in its most general form, constants included

## HEdit

homogenous equation
Any equation that is equal to 0. In differential equations, its an equation $p_n(x)y^{(n)}+p_{n-1}(x)y^{(n-1)}+...+p_{0}(x)y=0$.

## IEdit

initial condition
A value of a function or its derivative at a particular point, used to determine the value of constants for a particular solution
initial value problem
A combination of a differential equation and an initial condition. An initial value problem is solved for a total solution including the value of all constants
integration factor
A factor a differential equation is multiplied by to discover a solution .

## LEdit

linear equation
An equation who's terms are a linear combination of a variable and its derivatives. Such an equation is in the form $f_0(x)+f_1(x)y+f_2(x)y'+f_3(x)y''+...f_n(x)y^{n}$. No terms for y or its derivatives may be raised to a power or placed inside a function such as sin or ln

## NEdit

nonhomogenous equation
Any equation that is not equal to 0. In differential equations, its an equation $p_n(x)y^{(n)}+p_{n-1}(x)y^{(n-1)}+...+p_{0}(x)y=f(x)$, where f(x) is not 0.
non-linear equation
Any equation that is not a linear combination of a variable and its derivatives. Either one of the terms has the variable taken to a power, or is in a function such as sin or ln

## OEdit

O.D.E
See ordinary differential equation.
order
The highest derivative found in a differntial equations. First order equations only have $y'$, second order equations have $y'$ and $y''$, etc.
ordinary differential equation
Any differential equation that has normal derivatives only

## PEdit

partial differential equation
Any differential equation that has partial derivatives in it
particular solution
A solution to a differential equation with all constants evaluated
P.D.E
See partial differential equation.

## SEdit

satisfy
to solve a differential equation. Used as an adjective, a solution to a differential equation satisifes that equation
second order equation
Any equation with a second derivative in it, but no higher derivatives. $F(x,y,y',y'')$
separable equation
An equation where the x and y terms are multiplied and not added. $\frac{dy}{dx}=f(x)g(y)$
substitution method
A method of turning a non-separable equation into a separable one.