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Abstract and Applied Analysis
Volume 2016, Article ID 1796316, 9 pages
Research Article

Generation and Identification of Ordinary Differential Equations of Maximal Symmetry Algebra

Department of Mathematics and Applied Mathematics, University of Venda, P/B X5050, Thohoyandou, Limpopo 0950, South Africa

Received 13 June 2016; Revised 25 October 2016; Accepted 7 November 2016

Academic Editor: Jaume Giné

Copyright © 2016 J. C. Ndogmo. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


An effective method for generating linear ordinary differential equations of maximal symmetry in their most general form is found, and an explicit expression for the point transformation reducing the equation to its canonical form is obtained. New expressions for the general solution are also found, as well as several identification and other results and a direct proof of the fact that a linear ordinary differential equation is iterative if and only if it is reducible to the canonical form by a point transformation. New classes of solvable equations parameterized by an arbitrary function are also found, together with simple algebraic expressions for the corresponding general solution.