# ode15s

Solve stiff differential equations and DAEs — variable order method

## Syntax

## Description

`[`

,
where `t`

,`y`

] =
ode15s(`odefun`

,`tspan`

,`y0`

)`tspan = [t0 tf]`

, integrates the system of
differential equations $$y\text{'}=f\left(t,y\right)$$ from `t0`

to `tf`

with
initial conditions `y0`

. Each row in the solution
array `y`

corresponds to a value returned in column
vector `t`

.

All MATLAB^{®} ODE solvers can solve systems of equations of
the form $$y\text{'}=f\left(t,y\right)$$,
or problems that involve a mass matrix, $$M\left(t,y\right)y\text{'}=f\left(t,y\right)$$.
The solvers all use similar syntaxes. The `ode23s`

solver
only can solve problems with a mass matrix if the mass matrix is constant. `ode15s`

and `ode23t`

can
solve problems with a mass matrix that is singular, known as differential-algebraic
equations (DAEs). Specify the mass matrix using the `Mass`

option
of `odeset`

.

`[`

additionally
finds where functions of (`t`

,`y`

,`te`

,`ye`

,`ie`

]
= ode15s(`odefun`

,`tspan`

,`y0`

,`options`

)*t*,*y*),
called event functions, are zero. In the output, `te`

is
the time of the event, `ye`

is the solution at the
time of the event, and `ie`

is the index of the triggered
event.

For each event function, specify whether the integration is
to terminate at a zero and whether the direction of the zero crossing
matters. Do this by setting the `'Events'`

property
to a function, such as `myEventFcn`

or `@myEventFcn`

,
and creating a corresponding function: [`value`

,`isterminal`

,`direction`

]
= `myEventFcn`

(`t`

,`y`

).
For more information, see ODE Event Location.

## Examples

## Input Arguments

## Output Arguments

## Algorithms

`ode15s`

is a variable-step, variable-order
(VSVO) solver based on the numerical differentiation formulas (NDFs)
of orders 1 to 5. Optionally, it can use the backward differentiation
formulas (BDFs, also known as Gear's method) that are usually less
efficient. Like `ode113`

, `ode15s`

is
a multistep solver. Use `ode15s`

if `ode45`

fails
or is very inefficient and you suspect that the problem is stiff,
or when solving a differential-algebraic equation (DAE) [1], [2].

## References

[1] Shampine, L. F. and M. W. Reichelt, “The
MATLAB ODE Suite,” *SIAM Journal on Scientific
Computing*, Vol. 18, 1997, pp. 1–22.

[2] Shampine, L. F., M. W. Reichelt, and J.A.
Kierzenka, “Solving
Index-1 DAEs in MATLAB and Simulink,” *SIAM
Review*, Vol. 41, 1999, pp. 538–552.

## Extended Capabilities

## Version History

**Introduced before R2006a**