WhittmanC

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Hello, 

      I am a student doing some self study over the summer trying to work through some of the John Taylor computer problems from his classcial mechanics book. Currently I hit a snag that most likely comes from the fact I am not well acquinted with Maple for solving IVP and DE's (we used Matlab in my DE class). I just need to know how I remove the following error:

Error, (in dsolve/numeric/SC/IVPsetup) initial conditions must be numeric

Here is a copy of my code:

R := 5;
5
g := 9.8;
9.8
deq1 := {diff(x(t), [`$`(t, 2)]) = -g*sin(x(t))/R, x(0) = 20};
/ d / d \ \
{ --- |--- x(t)| = -1.960000000 sin(x(t)), x(0) = 20 }
\ dt \ dt / /
dsol1 := dsolve(deq1, numeric);
Error, (in dsolve/numeric/SC/IVPsetup) initial conditions must be numeric

My hunch is that I need to set x'(0)=0 or something like I do not have enough intial values to solve the problem, but I could be wrong. Anyway anyone who can point out my mistake feel free to do so! Thank you!

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