Differential equations are commonly physical problems. In the following example we shall discuss a very simple application of ordinary differential equation in physics.

__Example__**:**

A ball is thrown vertically upward with a velocity of 50m/sec. Neglecting air resistance, find

**(i)** Velocity of ball at any time

**(ii)** Distance travelled in any time

**(iii)** Maximum height attained by the ball

Let and be the velocity and height of ball at any time . Since the time rate of velocity is acceleration, so is the acceleration. Since the ball is thrown upwards, so its acceleration is . Thus, we have

Separating the variables, we have

**(i)**Since the initial velocity is 50m/sec, so to get the velocity at any time , we have integrate the left side (ii) from 50 to and its right side is integrated from 0 to as follows:

Since , so putting this value in (iii), we have

**(ii)**Since velocity is the time rate of distance, so . Putting this value in (iv), we have

Separating the variables of (v), we have

In order to find the distance travelled at any time , we integrate the left side of (vi) from 0 to and its right side is integrated from 0 to as follows:

**(iii)**Since velocity is zero at maximum height, so put in (iv)

Thus, the maximum height is attained at time .

Putting this value of in equation (vii), we have

Thus the maximum height attained is .