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dsolve: `get_numbered_constants` should consider Functions #15056

cbm755 opened this Issue Aug 8, 2018 · 2 comments


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cbm755 commented Aug 8, 2018


from sympy.solves.ode import get_numbered_constants

This should probably give Symbol('C3'). Instead if gives Symbol('C2') which is technically ok but could lead to confusion (see test_C1_function_9239).

test_C1_function_9239 in should be updated. Also, a new test added, something like:

t = Symbol('t')
C1 = Function('C1')(t)
C2 = Symbol('C2')
dsolve(Eq(C1.diff(t), C2*C1))
sol = C3*exp(C2*t)

Easy to fix: you need some background in ODEs, know the difference between Symbol and Function, and have attention to detail.

skirpichev added a commit to skirpichev/diofant that referenced this issue Aug 8, 2018


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asmeurer commented Aug 13, 2018

This also makes sense because dsolve should at some point get the ability to return constants as functions instead of symbols. For instance some PDEs can be solved by treating them as an ODE in one variable, but in that case the arbitrary constants need to be arbitrary functions in the remaining variables.


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avishrivastava11 commented Nov 18, 2018

@cbm755 @asmeurer I've made a correction now. Please take a look.

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