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I'm trying to solve this second order differential equation using Laplace Transform. The Laplace transform of the equation is as follows:

$$I(s) = \frac{E}{s^2+ \frac{R}{L}s + \frac{1}{LC}}$$

I'm having trouble trying to bring it back to the time domain. Should I be using partial fractions with quadratic factors or is there a easier method to go abut this? Any help would be much appreciated.

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Yes, you should be using partial fraction decomposition and then reverse the Laplace transform. You might as well use $A=R/L$ and $B=1/(LC)$ if it helps you in the intermediate steps. –  anon Feb 7 '12 at 10:54
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Looking at the table here you will recognize three different possible behaviors. Let us see why. Consider the denominator. This is can be rewritten as



$$\alpha=\frac{R}{2L} \qquad \beta=\sqrt{\frac{1}{LC}-\frac{R}{2L}}.$$

So, when $\frac{1}{LC}>\frac{R}{2L}$ you will recognize an exponentially decaying sine wave. When $\frac{1}{LC}=\frac{R}{2L}$ you will get just an exponential decay. When $\frac{1}{LC}<\frac{R}{2L}$ you will get an exponential decay multiplied by a hyperbolic cosine. All this can be deduced from the table I linked at the beginning of this answer.

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