This java applet displays solutions to some common differential equations. At the top of the applet you will see a graph. Underneath the graph is a differential equation and its solution. The white line on the graph shows the solution and the red line on the graph shows the value of the right hand side of the equation.
Also you will see a red crosshair on the graph. This is the initial point. You set the location of this point by clicking, and the applet determines the rest of the solution from the location of this point.
You can change the equation by selecting a different left hand side (LHS) or right hand side (RHS) using the popup menus. The solution is only displayed in analytical form for a few simple types of equations.
Underneath the popup menus are a variety of parameters which you can change. On the left are the constants in the left side of the differential equation. These can be modified by clicking on the value and dragging to the left or right. Also you can click on the sign to flip it from plus to minus or minus to plus. Double-clicking on the sign will set the value to zero. (You can click again to change the value back to what it was.) Modifying the constants will change the behavior of the differential equation. In some cases it is not allowed to change a value to zero or to a negative value.
In the middle of the screen underneath the popup menus are some constants which control the behavior of the right side of the equation. These can be modified in the same way. Also here you will find the value of the higher-order derivatives at the initial point.
On the right you may find one or more parameters which control the constants in the solution. If the analytical solution is not shown, then these aren't present. Changing these values will change the solution, which means that it will change value at the initial point. Some of the values here may not be editable.
If you select "RHS = custom function" from the RHS popup menu, then the right side of the equation is an arbitrary function which you can set by drawing on the graph while holding the mouse button down. If you want set the location of the initial point while using a custom function, you will have to click on the crosshair and drag it. You can clear out the function by clicking the "Clear Function" button.
The available equations are:
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