In mathematical physics and astrophysics, Emden differential equations have been used to model many phenomena, such as thermal explosions, Steller structure, spherical gas cloud thermal action, isothermal gas spheres, fluid mechanics and thermionic currents .
Mathematically, the Emden equation is an ordinary differential equation of the second order. The Generalized Emden-Fowler equation was considered in  where the definition of nonlinear nonautonomous ordinary differential equations of order n with a so-called reducible linear component was considered.
Many people have worked on the Lane-Emden equation. An example is the differential Transform System solution of the Lane-Emden equation. See  where the authors attempted to extract solutions from one of the commonly studied and challenging nonlinear dynamics equations.
for and 5, by a relatively new exact series solution approach known as the differential transformation method (DTM).
Another approach considered a second-order initial-value problem
which has applications in celestial mechanics and has widely been studied in literature. As can be seen in , the known Lane-Emden astrophysics equation is a special case. The authors studied the initial-value problem which is a generalization of Equation (1.2) given as
where and p may be singular at . The local and global existence and the uniqueness of solutions have also been illustrated therein.
For singular initial-value Lane-Emden-type problems, a new analytical method refers to as the residual power series (RPS) is applied, and the effectiveness and performance of the method have been studied in . The Lane-Emden equation is important, a Poisson equation for the gravitational potential of a self-gravitating, symmetrically spherical polytrophic fluid as it is applicable to astrophysics.
Linearization of a class of nonlinear second order Lienard type ordinary differential equations from the point of view of the generalized Sundman transformation (GST) has been studied . In addition, a new characterization of S-linearizable equations was studied in terms of ODE coefficients and an auxiliary function, as seen in . The new criteria were used primarily to procure general solutions for the first integral, offering an alternative to constructing the first integrals and transformations of Sundman.
In this paper, we linearize the modified Lane-Emden differential equation using the Generalized Sundman Transformation (GST) given in . To the best of our knowledge, this equation has not been solved via the generalized Sundman transformation in literature before now.
2. The Generalized Sundman Transformation
Based on the generalized Sundman transformation taken from , we have some key results here. Let us consider the general second order ordinary differential equation of the form
The formulae defined by
which is a non-point transformation is called a generalized Sundman transformation (GST).
The requisite form of a linearizable ordinary differential Equation (2.1) that can be translated into a linear ordinary differential equation
through the transformation (2.2), is given by
where and are some functions.
Consider the case and , where , and . For the Equation (2.4) to be linearizable by (2.2), the sufficient conditions are:
One obtains the functions F and G by solving the following equations:
The constants from (2.3), and are determined from the equations
3. Linearization of Emden Differential Equation via GST
The general Lane-Emden equation of second order as given in  is
Taking the coefficients from (3.1) to be
we have that
Equation (3.2) is the modified Lane-Emdem differential equation that we want to linearize here.
From (3.2), we see that . Again
By a survey, we see that Equations (2.5), (2.6), (2.7) and (2.8) are satisfied. Thus, through the generalized Sundman transformation, the Equation (3.2) is linearizable.
From the Equations (2.9), (2.10), (2.11) and (2.12), the functions F and G are found to be
The solution and satisfies Equations (3.3), (3.4) and (3.5). We can now obtain the transformation from (2.2) as
Equations (2.13), (2.14) and (2.15) give
Hence, Equation (2.3) becomes
It is necessary to obtain the general solution of (3.10) to be
where are arbitrary constants. We apply the GST (3.6) to the Emden Equation (3.2) to obtain the general solution of the Emden Equation (3.2) as
The function is a solution of the equation
Recall the results on linearization via the differential forms as in  and  where a point transformation was considered. To be linearizable, the required equation form of (2.1) is
Equation (4.1) is linearizable if its coefficients satisfy the sufficient linearizability conditions
Though the form (2.4) is a special case of (4.1), appropriate linearization conditions through the point transformations (4.2) and (4.3), and the generalized transformation of Sundman are different. On a check, one sees that the coefficients of Equation (3.2) do not satisfy equations and (4.3) and hence, not linearizable via differential forms (point transformation).
In this research, the modified Emden differential equation is linearized using the generalized Sundman transformation method. The authors went ahead to obtain the general solution of the modified Emden differential equation. We also
demonstrate that, though the modified equation is a special
form of equation , where , but the
coefficients of does not satisfy the linearizability conditions
and hence not linearizable via point transformation (differential forms).
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