van der Pol Equation


The van der Pol equation is an ordinary differential equation that can be derived from the Rayleigh differential equation by differentiating and setting y=y^'. It is an equation describing self-sustaining oscillations in which energy is fed into small oscillations and removed from large oscillations. This equation arises in the study of circuits containing vacuum tubes and is given by


If mu=0, the equation reduces to the equation of simple harmonic motion


See also

Rayleigh Differential Equation, Simple Harmonic Motion

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Birkhoff, G. and Rota, G.-C. Ordinary Differential Equations, 3rd ed. New York: Wiley, p. 134, 1978.Boyce, W. E. and DiPrima, R. C. Elementary Differential Equations and Boundary Value Problems, 4th ed. New York: Wiley, 1986.Kreyszig, E. Advanced Engineering Mathematics, 6th ed. New York: Wiley, pp. 496-500, 1988.Wiggins, S. Introduction to Applied Nonlinear Dynamical Systems and Chaos. New York: Springer-Verlag, p. 179, 1990.Zwillinger, D. Handbook of Differential Equations, 3rd ed. Boston, MA: Academic Press, p. 127, 1997.

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