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$y' = \frac{ty(4-y)}{(1+y)}$

given $ y_0 = 2 $ At what time $t$ when the solution will first be 3.9

I tried solving this but it didnt work out so well.

What I did was:

  1. separate dy/dx and move all $y$ terms to one side with $dy$
  2. Some how I don't know how to deal with the $dx$, so I couldn't come up with the solution , $y$.
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Separate the $y$ and $t$ terms on either side of the equal side and get

$$ t \, dt = \frac{1+y}{y (4-y)} dy $$

The right-hand side may be broken up as

$$\begin{align} \frac{1+y}{y (4-y)} &= \frac{1}{y (4-y)} + \frac{1}{4-y} \\ &=\frac{1}{4} \left ( \frac{1}{y} + \frac{1}{4-y} \right ) + \frac{1}{4-y} \\ &= \frac{1}{4 y} + \frac{5}{4} \frac{1}{4-y} \end{align}$$

Now integrate both sides:

$$ \frac{1}{2} t^2 + C = \frac{1}{4} [\log{y} - 5 \log{(4-y)}] $$


$$ 2 t^2 + C = \log{\left [ \frac{y}{(4-y)^5} \right ]}$$

Using $y(0)=2$ implies that $C=-\log{16}$. Then

$$t^2 = \frac{1}{2} \log{\left [ \frac{16 y}{(4-y)^5} \right ]}$$

When $y=3.9$, $t$ will be

$$t^2 = \frac{1}{2} \log{\left [ \frac{62.4}{(0.1)^5} \right ]}$$

This gives

$$t \approx 2.797$$

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Here, $y'\neq \frac{dy}{dx}$ but $\frac{dy}{dt}$ so, the differential equation after rearrangement becomes,


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i feel kinda stupid after knowing that. – 40Plot Jan 25 '13 at 2:17

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