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Shantanu Das, "Solution of Extraordinary Differential Equations with Physical Reasoning by Obtaining Modal Reaction Series", Modelling and Simulation in Engineering, vol. 2010, Article ID 739675, 19 pages, 2010. https://doi.org/10.1155/2010/739675
Solution of Extraordinary Differential Equations with Physical Reasoning by Obtaining Modal Reaction Series
Abstract
Mathematical modeling of many engineering and physics problem leads to extraordinary differential equations like Nonlinear, Delayed, and Fractional Order. An effective method is required to analyze the mathematical model which provides solutions conforming to physical reality. A Fractional Differential Equation (FDE), where the leading differential operator is RiemannLiouvelli (RL) type requires fractional order initial states which are sometimes hard to physically relate. Therefore, we must be able to solve these extraordinary systems, in space, time, frequency, area, volume, with physical reality conserved. Extra Ordinary Differential equation Systems and its solution, with Physical Principle, of actionreaction and equivalent mathematical decomposition method, are obtained as an aid for Physicists and Engineers to tackle the process dynamics with ease. This reactionschain generates internal modes from zeroth mode reaction to first mode second mode and to infinite modes; instantaneously in parallel time or spacescales; and the sum of all these modes gives entire system reaction. This modal reaction as explained by physics theory exactly matches the principle of Adomian Decomposition Method (ADM). Fractional Differential Equation (FDE) with RiemannLiouvelli formulation linear and nonlinear is solved as per ADM. In this formulation of FDE by RL method it is found that there is no need to worry about the fractional initial states; instead one can use integer order initial states (the conventional ones) to arrive at solution of FDE. This new finding too is highlighted in this paperalong with several other problems to give physical insight to the solution of extraordinary differential equation systems. This way one gets insight to Physics of General Differential Equation Systemsand its solutionby Physical Principle and equivalent mathematical decomposition method. This facilitates ease in modeling.
1. Introduction
General physics law states that a system will react to external stimulus and will have opposition to the changes; the process is described by system dynamic equations.
Let there be general differential equation system described as in We can decompose this as Linear part The operator represents a linear operator representing the highest orders of change in the process parameter. . This is easily invertible. This order of change could be one, two, or any positive integer or even fractional (say half, one fourth). This order of change could be with respect to time, space, space square (area) frequency, or time square depending on the process description. Where is the remainder differential operator of order less than . This could be of integer or fractional order. The rest of the terms are put as (4) containing nonlinear as well as the linear terms, assuming (4) as analytic function The is sum of all external stimuli source/sink.
General physics law states that a system will react to external stimulus and will have opposition to the changes, by the system reaction terms defined by and defined in the system description equation (1). These and generate internal stimulus when excited by external source/sink as to oppose the cause. The reactions are causal in nature. If the external stimulus and the internal reactions to the stimulus get balanced then the process parameter remains static without any growth (accumulation) or decay (loss). Else, the process parameter will have a solution as infinite (or finite) decomposed modes, generated by the system itself to oppose stimulus generated internally by the previous modes.
Adomian Decomposition Method (ADM), Computational method, yields analytical solution; it has certain advantages over standard numerical techniques [1–7]. However, the ADM was discovered in midlate eighties and utilized to tackle nonlinear problems of physics. ADM is free from rounding off errors as it does not involve discretization and does not require large computer memory. ADM is qualitative rather than quantitative, analytic, requiring neither linearization nor perturbation and continues with no resort to discretization. ADM splitting gives equation into linear () that is containing the highest order of change, the remainder part () that has change rates less than (), and then the nonlinear () part. Thereafter, inverting the “highest order” derivative () in the linear operator on both sides of the differential equation is the first step. The second step is to identify the initial/boundary conditions and terms involving the independent variables alone, as initial approximation. Decomposing the unknown functions () into series whose components are to be determined as ADM. The decomposed parts of ADM method are related physically to system reactions of various modes from zeroth mode to infinity mode. The sum of all these modes is the solution of Differential Equation (Nonlinear Linear Integer Order or Fractional Order). Physically the zeroth mode reaction comes from external stimulus plus the initial integerorder states; which instantly generates the internal stimuli of infinite modes, to oppose this first action (change), in an opposite way, in time or space (at the origin). The exact ADM mathematics generates these infinite modes reactions; therefore ADM is close to physical reality. The ADM helps to physically visualize the reaction of system by decomposing the total gross reaction into all these infinite modes. If the differential equation system with () is of RiemannLiouvelli type fractional operator, then classically one needs the initial states as fractional order like , and so forth. These states are hard to visualize physically. With this ADM, the RL formulation does not need these states instead , the integerorder states, give the solution, being thus physically easily realizable. This new finding too is highlighted in this paper, along with several other problems to give physical insight to the solution of extraordinary differential equation systems. By this way, one gets insight to Physics of General Differential Equation Systems, and its solution, by Physical Principle and equivalent mathematical decomposition method. This provides ease in modeling systems close to physical reality. The system transfer function for analysis is delta function excitation (forcing function). This gives solution to homogeneous set of system of differential equations, called Green’s function. Response to any other type of forcing function (say Heaviside’s Step, Ramp or Sinusoidal function) is obtained by convoluting this delta function’s response with (other) excitation function. Therefore most of the examples are discussed with delta function as forcing function; however the solution to any other type of forcing function is similar. One example is thus solved for massspring damper with (half) fractionalorder element with Heaviside’s step as input to demonstrate the utility of these methods.
2. Physical Reasoning to Solve FirstOrder System and Its Mode Decomposition
The application of ADM to simple ordinary differential equation will give insight to the action reaction theory of physics. Thus the ADM will try to explain the physical behavior too. It will be therefore demonstrated that ADM is actually translating the physics of the process, where any change is opposed by the system itself.
Consider the first order differential equation with initial condition and forcing function (source) as Practically, let be instantaneous current of RC circuit connected to battery by a switch. The voltage excitation is a step function , where and a Heaviside’s step function. The circuit equation is Differentiating (6), we get Equation (6) is a voltage equation and (7) is current equation, rewritten with compliance with (5). This basic equation like (5) and (7) gives rate of change of current (function) as related to external stimulus. The current excitation is impulse excitation in (7). Have the initial current in the system be zero . This system has characteristic time constant seconds; meaning that current in system changes times in seconds. We shall consider response at larger time scales than . In (5) this characteristic time constant is . Here time scales and concept of time constant is mentioned. This could be length scale, frequencyscale time square, scale area volume, or any other scales depending on the units of in (5).
Initial time zero, at the switch closer instance, gives impulse excitation of current, assuming that if the capacitance of the circuit was absent, at this initial instant (capacitance comes into action at retarded time), then the current in the resistance is a constant.
Here a point is mentioned that integration of the forcing function comes because the inertial element capacitance is present in the circuit and in (7). If the capacitor is completely absent then the current reaction will be simple , meaning that the current would have vanished instantaneously with the impulse and the current would be then zero, that is, at . This initial moment current in resistor is at ; as initially uncharged capacitor acts as short circuit impedance. The capacitor presence is making the current linger for time greater than zero. The circuit as natural reaction to any force will oppose this flow of current that is the change in current from zero to is the capacitor action.
Therefore, the first (and the foremost) reaction comes from the resistive element (without lag or lead). That is , in the absence of the capacitive element (initially short circuited); this is the first reaction due to external force (and initial current if all will be present in the circuit). This sudden change in charges (Coulombs) cannot flow into capacitor, as the voltage across it cannot change instantaneously. This constant action of current gives rise to a rate of change of current in the system (per unit time constant) and is () A/s. The first reactionary constant current thus is opposed by internal generated current as , which is in opposition to this first reactionary current initial reaction, therefore negative. This action reaction summed up to give , the total current. The internally generated reactionary current gives a rate of change as A/s, which will generate opposition current to the cause , as , which again is added to give total reaction as , as the total current. By this way, infinite set of stimulus currents are generated as chain reaction giving the total current as , where is the reaction due to external stimulus (and initial current if present in the circuit) and the rest are internally generated modes, acting in opposition to the rate of change in current.
The reaction , for (7), can therefore be written as Equation (8) is appearing as physical reasoning and as infinite series as In recursion, we obtain Applying (10), we obtain Giving the total reaction of the system (7) as
The physical reasoning logic “opposite reaction to action” gives Mode Decomposition, and addition of all these infinite modes gives the entire system response. The observation is that zeroth mode reaction is formed by the external source/sink stimulus plus any initial condition. To oppose that rate of change, an opposite internal reaction integral action takes place. This internal action is the firstmode reaction which causes a rate of change; again integral action to this first mode, in opposition, makes the secondmodal reaction and so on to make sum of “converging” analytical solution to the system’s differential equation.
3. Physical Reasoning to Solve SecondOrder System and Its Mode Decomposition
Consider a classical oscillator of integersecond order, mass spring system represented as with initial conditions and forcing function defined as . We can rewrite the equation as The above equation gives insight to physical aspect of the process. The RHS states the opposing action to a forcing function, which is manifested as motion given by LHS of (14). At the initial time, the displacement being zero with the velocity implies that the displacement at just time is due to the forcing function alone. This displacement action is without any opposition.
This (zeroth mode) displacement call is Due to the nature of this forcing function as an impulse, the displacement (zeroth mode) takes the form of. This displacement action would be true, in the absence of any retarding or opposing element say spring or friction. (In case of (14) it is spring action.) In absence of any opposition, the constitutive equation will be , and for impulse force, the displacement will be linear function of time , with constant velocity .
The presence of spring makes the equation of motion like: ; the external excitation is opposed by the spring action by opposite spring force and is internally generated . The primary and the zeroth modes of displacement are due to external force on the mass that is . This zeroth mode of displacement is solely due to external excitation since the initial conditions are at rest. This displacement is now opposed by spring. Due to this opposing element, the displacement caused by external force, the spring generates an opposing force (first mode, from zerothorder mode displacement), as , and due to this new internal force, the displacement would be this is the firstorder mode reaction displacement. This displacement again generates an internal force, inside the spring as , and to this force the displacement is secondorder mode
In the absence of the spring, the opposing forces will be zero. We can call this as displacement as sum of all the modal displacements from zero to infinity modes, with zero modes being the only reaction to the bare excitation (if any initial displacement and velocity are present); all other modes are opposing reactions taking place in the spring. The modes can be tabulated as in Table 1, for unit mass and unit spring stiffness system of equation as described previously.

The process block diagram is represented in Figure 1, with and .
Adding up all the modal displacements reactions, the solution to (13) is obtained as infinite series: Multiplying the above series by and dividing by the same, we get This is oscillator with natural frequency radians per seconds.
4. Adomian Decomposition Fundamentals and Adomian Polynomials
We symbolize the general differential equation as
withbeing General nonlinear Ordinary Differential Operator, this can also be Fractional Differential Operator also of RiemannLiouvelli (RL) or Caputo type. This operator can be decomposed as withbeing the Highest Order Derivative (Integer or Fractional Order) which is invertible, the Linear differential (remainder) operator of order less than that of . This can also be fractional differential linear operator, the Nonlinear Part which will be decomposed into infinite sum of Adomian Polynomial. (This term can too be of linear or constant if decomposition is still valid.) For decomposition this needs to be analytic, the source term.
The decomposed equation can be rewritten as Applying invert operator on both sides, we get where is solution of the homogeneous equation ; so that . This comes from initial/boundary conditions. The LHS of (19) physically is the reaction of each component of physical system, with RHS of (19) representing source/sink or forcing term. For example, a mass spring and damper system have the constituent equation as , the LHS of this is reaction of each elements, and the sum of which balances the RHS and the external force. In terms of (19) and (20), in this physical system , and .
The solution to this is In this example, the order of is two then . Assuming the time dependent differential equation system, the invert operator in this case is . If the order of is of order one then For decomposition of the part in (4) define a “grouping” parameter [2] close to one as . The function can be expressed as Equation (24) is Maclurain series with respect to , with ’s being coefficients of the Maclurain series around that is . Then by in Maclurain series with respect to , we obtain where
The parameter is just an identifier for collecting terms in a suitable way such that depends on , and later on, we will set . Paremetrizing (22), we get Expanding with decomposition (27), we obtain Equating the coefficients of equal powers of in the expression for , to get , then , to get and so on, in (28), we get Finally with ; exact solution of (19) is This method is applied in various problems of physics [8–15]. The convergence of this method is very well proved in [16–18].
In the described ADM method [1–7] expression (29) contains Adomian polynomials as recurring formulations, where the invert operator is operational. The finding of these , from (26), is demonstrated here in this section. Suppose that the nonlinear part of (20), that is, , is represented as ; that is, is assumed to be analytic in . So we write. The ’s are polynomial defined in such a way that each depends only on . Thus, , and so forth. Therefore, one possible formulation is listed below [2]: The ’s can be reformatted from (30) in the following form: For the case where nonlinear term is linear, that is to say ; then , else For example, if , then Adomian Polynomials for this nonlinearity are The derivation of obtaining Adomian Polynomials comes from Generalized Taylor’s series (Maclurain series) of several variables from linear analysis. This is described as follows: Put , to get .
Differentiate once (34), with respect to , to get Using partial derivative expansion on the LHS of (35) and differentiating RHS of (35), we obtain the following: Put in the above (36) to get Differentiating once more (37) with respect to , we get Using partial derivative expansion on the LHS of (38) and differentiating RHS of (38), we obtain the following: Using partial derivative expansion on the LHS of (39) and differentiating RHS of (39), we obtain the following: Putting in the above expression (40), we obtain Implying that Continuing like this, we get set of the Adomian Polynomials for the function .
If the nonlinearity part is then the Adomian Polynomials are If the nonlinearity part is then the Adomian Polynomials are For the linear term and . For constant , the Adomian polynomials are , , . The series solution thus may have finite terms with higher modes as zero, depending on .
5. Generalization of Physical Law of Nature visàvis ADM
The physical description and then obtaining decomposed solution match well with the ADM. From Sections 2, 3, and 4, we generalize the system of General Differential Equations and give actionreaction laws to it so that one can obtain the solution by decomposition into infinite (or finite) modes.
Let there be general differential equation system as We can write (46) as where is the remainder differential operator of order less than . This contains nonlinear as well as the linear terms. The is sum of all external stimulus source/sink.
The represents a linear operator representing the highest orders of change in the process parameter. , which is easily invertible. This order of change could be one, two, or any positive integer or even fractional (say half, one fourth). This order of change could be with respect to time, space, space square (area) frequency, or time square, depending on the process description. Then with ADM we have Equation (48) is exactly what was described in Sections 2 and 3 with physical principles of action reaction generating all internal modes.
6. ADM Applied to FirstOrder Linear Differential Equation and ModeDecomposition Solution
Comparing with ADM described by (29) and (48) and with solution obtained by physical reasoning, to arrive at solution of (5), (7) gives a similarity. Therefore, the ADM is close to physical system behavior where the system reacts naturally in opposite way to resist any changethis is physical law, which is described by ADM, for solving system of differential equations (48).
The initial reaction to the external disturbances and the complete set of opposing reaction due to selfopposed elements to the change, get summed up to get the overall reaction yielding solution for (5) as set in (49) obtained visàvis (48) The ’s are internal reaction to internal generated forces for . The action reaction process described is represented in Figure 2, with parameter , the is antiderivative operator of unity order is
In the ADM, as described in (29) we can write the set of modes (reactions) as In the case of (5), , , is linear and with Adomian Polynomials (29) as: with no remainder term as . With this decomposition, we get The infinite currents at instant () are formed. The first (or zeroth) reaction current is due to the initial state of the circuit and solely due to external forcerepresented by . Then recurring opposite reactions occur as set of internal forcesdue to opposing the changes, giving rise immediately the first mode, second mode (and to infinity modes) of currents; adding up giving the total current reaction as, . Therefore, the ADM method is related to physical process of physics as to any “action” there is equal and opposite “reaction”, may be external or internal to the system. In other words, all system reacts in opposite way to any change (external or internal).
7. ADM Applied to SecondOrder Linear Differential Equation System and Mode Decomposition
The ADM method for (13) has , , , which generates Adomian Polynomials (29) as , and . Here in (13) the remainder part is . Using the ADM for (13), one gets the modal displacements as described by physical reasoning also as Giving the solution to (13) as This too demonstrates the decomposition by ADM giving the physical modes of reaction process, generated as infinite series. Multiplying the above series by and dividing by same we get This is oscillator with natural frequency radians per second; obtained earlier by physical law of actionreaction process.
8. ADM for FirstOrder Linear Differential Equation System with HalfOrder Element and Mode Decomposition
Consider a firstorder differential equation with the presence of a fractional (half) order element as with initial conditions as
The physical explanation as done in Sections 2 and 3 gives: the following solution: For this system, the , and nonlinear part is ; (is linear in nature) thus as per (29) . This demonstration also shows the fact that, if fractional order component is of lesser order than the leading order component (in this case is integer order of value one); then the initial condition is not dependent on the definition of the fractional derivative. Here the initial states are always of integer order in nature.
The application of ADM method gives the components as, represented in Figure 3,
The physics of this process may be viewed as, RC circuit reacting to an impulse current reaction in the presence of a semiinfinite RC cable (CRO Probe) connected to a shunt to measure the current. The semiinfinite cable acts as half order element [19] and the firstorder circuit reaction thus will be modified by the presence of this halforder element. Refer Figure 4.
9. ADM for SecondOrder System with HalfOrder Element and Its Physics
9.1. Forcing Function as Delta Function
Solution of secondorder differential equation with presence of half order element [19, 20] is considered in With the initial condition as Rearranging the above equation (59), we rewrite (double integrating both sides) as The physical reasoning generates
The modal displacements are generated after the application of external forcing function is depicted in the Table 2. The block diagram of the process is shown in Figure 5.

The ADM method generates the modes as follows:
9.2. Forcing Function as Step Function
Consider a fractional oscillator described by as follows: The system is initially stationary (i.e., and are initial conditions). Let this stationary fractional oscillator be subjected to an excitation function , where is Heaviside’s unit step function and is a constant. By application of ADM (29) (30) and with the help of Figure 3 we obtain the reactionary displacement modes as in the following: The total solution is sum of all these component modes to infinity as series in the where is two parameter MittagLeffler function [19, 21–23], and is the derivative of MittagLeffler function, [19, 21–23] defined as follows:
9.3. Explanation of Physical Action Reaction Process visàvis ADM
The fundamentals of mode decomposition as explained above in case of secondorder differential equation, in the presence of fractional order component, may be explained in slightly elaborated way as follows with a mass spring fractional viscous system as where is the constant of halforder property and is the spring stiffness constant for spring. The above equation of motion is for unit mass attached to an ideal spring with half order viscoelastic element [19].
The initial conditions are: , for delta function input case. The above equation (67) can be rewritten in terms of external force and opposing internal forces as: Decomposing the above by modal decomposition, we get the zero order mode as first reaction (immediate) that is: . This zero order displacement is the reaction without the presence of the spring or any other opposing elements. Due to this zero order, displacement there will be opposing forces appear as and . Giving rise to first order displacements as The overall first modal displacement is: . From this, the reaction force for second modes is generated as and Giving rise to second modal displacement as Similarly, we can carry on for infinity as this selfsimilar pattern of reactions generated within the system to external stimulus. The observation is that the half order element adds second force to the ideal spring restoring force as obtained in case of pure secondorder pure oscillator (13).
The practical way of explaining the fractional order behavior is by considering a LCoscillator and then trying to measure the oscillation by CRO probe, which is semiinfinite cable (with losses) acting as half order element [19]. The constant of the half order element (67) is depending on the distributed loss parameter that is per unit series resistance and per unit shunt capacitance.
The constitutive equation for the circuit is (Figure 6) described in This is a demonstration of the oscillator with fractional order element, shown in Figure 6. Practically in circuit experiments it is observed that a purely oscillating circuit when connected by shunt to a long CROprobe, goes to damped oscillationsremoval of probe again giving the oscillations. Use of a very short probe to CRO gives oscillation. This is due to the fact that long CRO probe may act as lossy transmission line, behaving as halforder damping element.
10. Application of Decomposition Method in RL Formulated Partial Fractional Differential Equations Linear Diffusion Wave Equation and Solution to Impulse Forcing Function
Diffusion of arbitrary order is studied in detail in [24–26]; an attempt is made to obtain series solution with ADM and the physical explanation of several modes generating a reaction. This problem example elaborates that the time evolution of process parameter takes place without the forcing function present, ; only the effect is due to initial value (in this case is Dirac’s delta function as process parameter present at spaceorigin). The fractional time rate of change of the process variable is related to the spatial double derivative of the same as expressed in (72). In (72) the formulation of fractional derivative is of RiemannLiouvelli (RL) scheme.
Let us consider the problem of fractional time diffusion as With and have the initial condition as and . The integer order the highest in the fractional order in case of (72) is .
Converting the (72) into Caputo derivative formulation [21–23], we obtain