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For |θ | small, use the approximations sin θ ≈ θ and cos θ ≈ 1 − 12 θ 2 . Then √ V (θ) ≈ − 14 mgLθ 2 + 12 k{ [(a − Lθ )2 + Lθ 2 ] − a}2 √ + 12 k{ [(a + Lθ)2 + Lθ 2 ] − a}2 ,  2Lθ 2L2 θ 2 1 1 + = − mgLθ 2 + k a 1 − 4 2 a a2  2Lθ 2L2 θ 2 1  + + k a 1+ 2 a a2 1 ≈ − mgLθ 2 + kL2 θ 2 4 as required. 1/2 2 − a 1/2 2 − a 58 Nonlinear ordinary differential equations: problems and solutions The potential energy is a minimum if Lk > 14 mg (springs with strong stiffness) which means that the bob oscillates about equilibrium in a centre.

Burgers’ equation describes a convection-diffusion process, and a solution U (x − ct) is the shape of a wavefront. For U < 0, the wavefront starts at U = u1 , say, and terminates at U = u2 . We can obtain an explicit form for the wave if we assume that U → u1 as w → ∞, and U → u2 as w → −∞, and U → 0 in both cases, with u2 < u1 . Hence from (i), A = − 12 (u1 − c)2 = − 12 (u2 − c)2 , so that c = 12 (u1 + u2 ) and A = − 18 (u1 − u2 )2 . Hence (i) becomes −cU˙ = (U − u1 )(U − u2 ). This is a separable equation with solution w= u1 + u2 u2 − u 1 dU dU + U − u1 u2 − U = u1 + u2 u2 − U .

36: The phase diagram (iii). 37 Show that the phase plane for the equation x¨ − εx x˙ + x = 0, ε>0 has a centre at the origin, by finding the equation of the phase paths. 37. The differential equation for the phase paths of x¨ − εx x˙ + x = 0, is dy − εxy + x = 0. dx This is a separable equation having the general solution y ε xdx = ydy +C = y − ε−1 1+ ε−1 y − ε −1 dy + C, or 1 2 −1 ln |y 2 εx = y + ε − ε −1 | + C, (i) where C is a constant. Note that there is a singular solution y = ε−1 . The system has a single equilibrium point, at the origin.

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