## The Commons Math *FirstOrderDifferentialEquations.java* source code

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package org.apache.commons.math.ode;
/** This interface represents a first order differential equations set.
*
* <p>This interface should be implemented by all real first order
* differential equation problems before they can be handled by the
* integrators {@link FirstOrderIntegrator#integrate} method.</p>
*
* <p>A first order differential equations problem, as seen by an
* integrator is the time derivative <code>dY/dt of a state
* vector <code>Y, both being one dimensional arrays. From the
* integrator point of view, this derivative depends only on the
* current time <code>t and on the state vector
* <code>Y.
*
* <p>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.</p>
*
* @see FirstOrderIntegrator
* @see FirstOrderConverter
* @see SecondOrderDifferentialEquations
*
* @version $Revision: 811786 $ $Date: 2009-09-06 05:36:08 -0400 (Sun, 06 Sep 2009) $
* @since 1.2
*/
public interface FirstOrderDifferentialEquations {
/** Get the dimension of the problem.
* @return dimension of the problem
*/
int getDimension();
/** Get the current time derivative of the state vector.
* @param t current value of the independent <I>time variable
* @param y array containing the current value of the state vector
* @param 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
*/
void computeDerivatives(double t, double[] y, double[] yDot) throws DerivativeException;
}

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