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Exact differential equation problem

I was finding the solution of a differential equation. But I'm stuck on this part. I tried simple integration but answer is incorrect. I don't know how to solve this. $$ dz=(6x+3y)dx+(3x-4y)dy $$
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Integrating Factor. [duplicate]

$(axy^2 + by) dx + (bx^2y + ax) dy=0$ I have asked this question before too, but i wish to know the method for evaluating the integrating factor which is $\frac {1} {(a-b)(x^2y^2-xy)}.$ So far i ...
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Simple Harmonic Motion under Periodic disturbing force

A particle of mass $m$ is executing a SHM in a straight line under an acceleration $n^2 \times (distance)$. If a periodic force $mk \cos{pt}$ be introduced and the time period of forced vibration ...
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Still getting wrong answer after trying to solve $x''(t)+4x(t)=t^2$ where $x(0)=1$ and $x'(0)=2$

I am trying to solve this differential equation: $$x''(t)+4x(t)=t^2,x(0)=1,x'(0)=2$$ The answer should be: $$x(t)=\frac{1}{4}t^2-\frac{1}{8}+\frac{9}{8}\cos{2t}+\sin{2t}$$ Which is also verified ...
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Use the Laplace Transform to solve the following PDE.

I need to use the Laplace Transform to solve the following PDE, but I don't think I'm doing it correctly. $u_{t}(y,t)=\nu\nabla^2 u(y,t)$ with $u(0,t)=u_{0}$ and $u(y,0)=0$. What I have so far: ...
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Why don't we check the exactness of differential equation with Inspection cases?

When solving the differential equations which are reducible to exact differential equations using Inspection cases for example: Solve: $2xy^2 + ye^xdx = e^xdy$ The integrating factor would $1/y^2$ ...
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Using the method of isoclines with logistic equation to create direction field

I am a little unsure on how to use the method of isoclines to model $\frac{dp}{dt} = 3p-2p^2$. As far as I know I need to set $3p-2p^2 = c$ where $c$ is the slope of the field on that line. When I set ...
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Lowering the order of a linear differential equation

Let $$L(x) \equiv x^{(n)}+a_1(t)x^{(n-1)}+...+a_{n-1}(t)x'+a_n(t)x=0.$$ and let the following solutions be given: $x_1,x_2,...,x_m(m<n)$- linear independent solutions. Let's find: $x_{m+1}, ...
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how to write a function in terms of Heaviside step function

I'm reading Paul Online Notes. There's an example of writing a function in terms of Heaviside step function as follows: $$ f(t) = \begin{cases} -4 &\text{if } t < 6, \\ 25 &\text{if } 6 \le ...
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Bernoulli Differential Equation of Second Order

How one can solve a Bernoulli differential equation of second order? i.e., solve the DE \begin{align} \frac{{d^2 y}}{{dx^2 }} + p\left( x \right)\frac{{dy}}{{dx}} + q \left( x \right)y = g\left( x ...
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The differential equation $\frac{dy}{dx} = \frac{y}{x} - \frac{1}{y}\;$

I am learning differential equations and can do the basic examples. However, how can you solve the differential equation $$\frac{dy}{dx} = \frac{y}{x} - \frac{1}{y}\;?$$
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Find $\varphi_{1}$ from $q_{1}=A_{1}\sin(\omega t+\varphi_{1})$

I have $q_{1}=A_{1}\sin(\omega t+\varphi_{1})$ where $q_{1}=0$ and $\dot q_{1}=v_{0}$ and I must find $\varphi_{1}$. I know that $\varphi_{1}$ must be zero but I must demonstrate it first. ...
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The differential equation $\frac{dy}{dx} +y^2 + \frac{x}{1-x}y = \frac{1}{1-x}$

I am learning how to solve differential equations and making some progress. However, how can one solve this example? The task is to find the solution to the equation $$\frac{dy}{dx} +y^2 + ...
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Method of successive approximations to solve y'=y^2

(a) Show that all the successive approximations for the problem $y'=y^2$, $y(0) = 1$, exist for all real $x$. (b) Find a solution of the initial value problem in (a). On what interval does it ...
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Solving general linear ODE $\sum_{k=0}^n y^{(k)}=0$

Is there a way to solve this general linear ODE: $$\sum_{k=0}^n y^{(k)}=0$$ For the first few $n$ here are the solutions: $$\begin{array}{c|c} n & y \\ \hline 0 & 0 \\ 1 & c_1 e^x \\ 2 ...
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How to solve differential equation $3p^2e^y-px+1=0$ ,$p =\frac{dy}{dx}$

How to solve differential equation $$3p^2e^y-px+1=0$$ where $$p =\frac{dy}{dx}$$ I have tried to solve for p and for x, but i am not getting anywhere. Can someone help me with this Thanks
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Love's equation $f(x)+\frac{1}{\pi} \int_{-1}^{1} \frac{f(t)}{1+(x-t)^2}dt=1, \ \ (|x|\geq 1)$

Let us consider Love's equation: $$f(x)+\frac{1}{\pi} \int_{-1}^{1} \frac{f(t)}{1+(x-t)^2}dt=1, \ \ (|x|\geq 1)$$ Is $f(x)$ a two times differentiable function?
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Determine for what values of m the function is a solution

I was working through some differential equations and came across this problem. Determine for which values of $m$ the function $\phi(x)=e^{mx}$ is a solution to the given equation. A) ...
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Trigonometric Differential Equation 3

$(x\cos y-y\sin y)dy+(x\sin y+y\cos y)dx=0$ ATTEMPT: Rearranging the terms: $(x\cos ydy+y\cos ydx) -y\sin ydy+x\sin ydx=0$ Dividing by $\cos x$ we get: $(xdy+ydx)-y\tan ydy+x\tan ydx=0$ $ ...
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Exact Differential Equations

$M(x,y)dx + N(x,y)dy=0$ is said to be a perfect differential when $\frac{\partial (M(x,y))}{\partial y}=\frac{\partial (N(x,y))}{\partial x}$. Let $M_y=\frac{\partial (M(x,y))}{\partial y}$ and ...
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Find the position function from the piecewise-defined velocity function

I am getting stuck on a position function problem in my Diff Eq class. Problem 22 is shown on the right in the picture below. On the left is the answer. My work below shows that I get stuck ...
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Solve: $x''(t)-2x'(t) + x(t) = 2 \sin(3t)$

It is asked to solve the ODE $x''(t)-2x'(t) + x(t) = 2 \sin(3t)$ for $x(0)=10, \; x'(0)=0$ It is equivalent to the first order system in two variables $$\begin{bmatrix} x' \\ y' \end{bmatrix} = ...
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solution of 1st order PDE

Find the solution of PDE, $$u_xu_y = u$$ with the initial condition $u(x,0) = 0$ in the domain $x \geq 0$ and $y \geq 0$. I have try the method of characteristic, but it seems like not working for ...
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Chain Rule in Polar coordinates

I was looking for an intuitive explanation for the total derivative in polar coordinates. Let me be somewhat more specific: Take a standard line of reasoning that the gradient w.r.t. polar coordinates ...
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fluid dynamics in polar coordinates

On page 12 of Malham's fluid dynamics notes the following flow field is considered: $\boldsymbol u= (u,v) = (kx, -ky)$. It's easy to see in these Cartesian coordinates that this is solenoidal: ...
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A singular Gronwall inequality

Let $f : [0,T] \to R^+$ be a continuous function such that $f(0)=0 $ and : $$ f(t)\le C\int_0^t s^{-1}f(s) ds,\; \forall t\in [0,T] $$ for some constant $C>0.$ Is it true that $f(t)=0,\; \forall ...
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Solve $y''=y^2$

Are there any 'basic' solutions to this differential equation (ie using polynomials, exponetials, trigonometric functions and logarithms)? I cannot figure it out at all using the techniques I know for ...
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What is the value of $x$ such that $\frac{\text{d}^2y}{\text{d}x^2}=0$ where $\frac{\text{d}y}{\text{d}x}=-ae^{-bx}y-cy+d$?

How can you find the values of $x$ such that $$\frac{\text{d}^2y(x)}{\text{d}x^2}=0$$ where $$\frac{\text{d}y}{\text{d}x}=-ae^{-bx}y-cy+d$$ with $$y(0)=y_0$$ and $$a,b,c,d>0$$ If it helps I can ...
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Taylor Series General Formulas

I'm looking at 2 different Wikipedia pages: The formula here is different than the one given at the end of the section here. Aside from the remainder, why choose one over the other? I'm assuming ...
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Find general solutions of $y''−y=\frac{2}{1+e^x}$

I have solved $y''−y=0$. Solution is $y_c=c_1e^x+c_2e^{-x}$. But I don't know how to find a particular solution for $$\displaystyle y''−y=\frac{2}{1+e^x}.$$ Any idea?
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Help in understanding the notation

I am reading the paper in this link https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/20327748/99-16.ps.pdf Please help me in the notation used in page 5, $(M \vee \phi_n)\wedge M$ it is in line 2 of page 5. ...
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Number of solutions of the differential equation ${dy}\over {dx}$=$y^{1/3}$ $y(0)=0$

The given differential equation is ${dy}\over {dx}$=$y^{1/3}$, $y(0)=0$ I got the solution $$y^{2/3}={{2}\over {3}}x$$ $$i.e. y^{2}={{8}\over {27}} x^{3}$$ $$i.e. y= \pm \sqrt{{{8}\over ...
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Convert $\frac{d^2y}{dx^2}+x^2y=0$ to Bessel equivalent and show that its solution is $\sqrt x(AJ_{1/4}+BJ_{-1/4})$

I have been following the thread " Convert Airy's Equation $y''-xy=0$ to Bessel equation $$t^2u''+tu'+(t^2-c^2)u$$ " but I can't join the dots to a solve similar equation $y''+x^2y=0$ so as to obtain ...
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Slope field of $y'=x^2 - y^2$

I don't know how I am supposed to go about creating a table with slope values for the graph so that I can sketch them. I knew how to do it when $y'$ equations had $y$ only or $x$ only, but not when ...
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Sketching phase portrait of an ellipse

I have a system of linear ODE's as follows: $$\frac{dx}{dt} = y, \frac{dy}{dt} = -4x$$ which has solution $$\begin{bmatrix}x\\y\end{bmatrix} = \alpha\begin{bmatrix}\cos2t\\-2\sin2t\end{bmatrix} + ...
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Green's Functions: Solvable non homogeneous Sturm-Liouville with non homogeneous boundary conditions

I was just presented with this problem in my PDE Methods course which involves a non homogeneous Sturm-Liouville problem, which states as follows: Find the conditions under which the following SL ...
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Definition of `equivalent systems of linear differential equations'

I'm reading F.Beukers' `Notes on differential equations and hypergeometric functions', and I can't work out the details of something that seems obviously true. We have a field $K$ endowed with a ...
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Why is t used instead of delta t?

Consider a tank that holds $V$ liters of water. Let $x_0$ kg of salt be dissolved in the water at time $t_0$. Suppose that $V_o$ amount of the mixture is leaving the tank in every time interval, ...
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Why is $\frac{\partial }{\partial y}\int M dx = \int \frac{\partial M}{\partial y}dx$

$M$ is a function of $x$ and $y$. I'm getting this question from looking at the solution of the exact equation $M \mathrm{dx} + N\mathrm{dy} = 0$.
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Topics to master (be literate at) before differential equations?

Good evening, I'm really enthusiastic about learning differential equations because it was said that D.E. is the most important tool of mathematics "can be used for modelling real-world physical ...
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Homogeneous 1st order ODE

This question comes from Schaums Calculus, CH59 Q18 which has had me confused for a couple of days now. Solve: $$ {dy \over dx} + y = xy^2 $$ I understand that this is a non-linear first order ode, ...
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Finding an equilibrium solution to a first order system of equations.

Given a model: $ y''+\alpha y'+\beta y + \gamma y = -g $ I can see that it can be converted to a system of first order equations as follows: $y_{1}=y$, $y_{2}=y'$ and as such $y_{1}'=y'$ and ...
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Why is the solution of an ordinary differential equation required to be defined on an interval?

I am reading A First Course in Differential Equations with Modeling Applications (10th Edition) and here is a definition: Any function $\phi$, defined on an interval $I$ and possessing at least ...
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Diagonalization: Differential Equations

The booking being used for this course is Differential Equations and Dynamical Systems by Lawrence Perko. The problem is as follows: Let the $n\times n$ matrix $A$ have real, distinct ...
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Difference between two solution of inhomogeneous linear equation

Show that the difference between two solutions of an inhomogeneous linear equation $Lu =g$ with the same $g$ is the solution of the homogenous equation $Lu=0$ I know the definition of linearity, but ...
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Differential Equations Pressure and Density derivation

The pressure $p$, and the density, $\rho$, of the atmosphere at a height $y$ above the earth's surface are related by $dp = -g \rho\; dy$. Assuming that $p$ and $\rho$ satify the adiabatic equation of ...
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Help interpreting the solution for a differential equation

The differential equation is $\frac{dx}{dt} = x + x^2$ Solving for $x$, I got $x = (ce^t)/(1- ce^t)$ where, $c = x_0/(1+x_0)$ and $x_0$ is the initial value of $x$ at $t=0$ Now, the value of ...
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Solving Differential Equation $\frac{dy}{dx} = 1 -\sin(x+y)/(\sin y \cos x)$ by separating variables

Initial value is $y(\frac{\pi}{4})$. I got to $\frac{\mathrm{d}y}{\mathrm{d}x} = 1 - \frac{\sin(x) \cos(y) + \sin(y) \cos(x)}{\sin(y)\cos(x)}$ by using the $\sin(x+y) = \sin(x) \cos(y) + \sin(y) ...
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Uncoupled Linear System: Differential Equations

I'm trying to make sense of a problem I was given in class and I want to know if I am on the right track. The question is as follows: If $\vec{u}(t)$ and $\vec{v}(t)$ are solutions of the linear ...
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How can I find the differential equation for a (R+L)||C circuit?

I have a question about a parallel series RLC circuit; the capacitor is parallel to the {inductor + resistor}. The capacitor is charged at an initial voltage $U_{C,0}$ and the inductor has initially ...