Question: simplify Wronskian expression

December 05 2013 digerdiga 100
Maple 17

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I have following expression

f:=t->((1/8)*s^2*sinh(4*t)+t+(1/2)*s^2*t+s*sinh(2*t))/(1+s*cosh(2*t))

which is 1 solution of the ODE

ode2 := -(diff(y(t), t, t))+(4-12/(1+s*cosh(2*t))+(8*(-s^2+1))/(1+s*cosh(2*t))^2)*y(t) = 0

Now I wanted to construct 2 linear independent solutions via:

f1:=f(t_b-t)

f2:=f(t-t_a)

and calculate the Wronskian:

with(LinearAlgebra); with(VectorCalculus)

Determinant(Wronskian([f(t_b-t), f(t-t_a)], t))

Since I know these functions are solutions of the second order ODE which does not contain any first order derivative the Wronskian should be a constant. Unfortunately Maple has a hard time to simplify it since the epxression is a little big. Is it my fault or has anyone an idea what to do?

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