I am currently studying differential equation now, and I just have one question about the symbolic expression for an initial value problem. I don't quite understand what does sympolic expression mean, any explanation or help would be really appreciated.

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  • $\begingroup$ I assume it means writing $x$ as a function of $t$? What do you think it means? $\endgroup$
    – Dylan
    Dec 4 '17 at 22:21
  • $\begingroup$ The word should be "symbolic". The "p" is a typo. What they want is for you to write $x = Qe^{At}$, for some $Q$ and then find the value of $Q$ that will give $x(0) = [-1, 3]^T$. $\endgroup$ Dec 5 '17 at 3:19
  • $\begingroup$ Thank you so much for your reply! $\endgroup$
    – user311290
    Dec 6 '17 at 20:56

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