## org.jscience.mathematics.analysis.ode Interface FirstOrderDifferentialEquations

All Known Implementing Classes:
FirstOrderConverter

`public interface FirstOrderDifferentialEquations`

This interface represents a first order differential equations set.

This interface should be implemented by all real first order differential equation problems before they can be handled by the integrators `FirstOrderIntegrator.integrate(org.jscience.mathematics.analysis.ode.FirstOrderDifferentialEquations, double, double[], double, double[])` method.

A first order differential equations problem, as seen by an integrator is the time derivative `dY/dt` of a state vector `Y`, both being one dimensional arrays. From the integrator point of view, this derivative depends only on the current time `t` and on the state vector `Y`.

For real problems, the derivative depends also on parameters that do not belong to the state vector (dynamical model constants for example). These constants are completely outside of the scope of this interface, the classes that implement it are allowed to handle them as they want.

`FirstOrderIntegrator`, `FirstOrderConverter`, `SecondOrderDifferentialEquations`, `ArraySliceMappable`

Method Summary
` void` ```computeDerivatives(double t, double[] y, double[] yDot)```
Get the current time derivative of the state vector.
` int` `getDimension()`
Get the dimension of the problem.

Method Detail

### getDimension

`int getDimension()`
Get the dimension of the problem.

Returns:
dimension of the problem

### computeDerivatives

```void computeDerivatives(double t,
double[] y,
double[] yDot)
throws DerivativeException```
Get the current time derivative of the state vector.

Parameters:
`t` - current value of the independant time variable
`y` - array containing the current value of the state vector
`yDot` - placeholder array where to put the time derivative of the state vector
Throws:
`DerivativeException` - this exception is propagated to the caller if the underlying user function triggers one