I was doing my laplace transform revision and I came across this problem. How to decompose this partial fraction ?

$$ \frac{145s}{(s^2+4)(s^2+4s+13)} +\frac{9s+55}{s^2+4s+13}$$

How to write the partial decomposition form and I much appreciated if you can show me the full step. I really forgot the partial decomposition. The given answer is $$\frac{16}{s^2+4} + \frac{9s}{s^2+4} + \frac{3}{s^2+4s+13}$$


$s^2+4$ and $s^2+4s+13$ are irreducible quadratics, so you’re really just decomposing

$$\begin{align*} \frac{145s}{(s^2+4)(s^2+4s+13)}&=\frac{As+B}{s^2+4}+\frac{Cs+D}{s^2+4s+13}\\\\ &=\frac{(As+B)(s^2+4s+13)+(Cs+D)(s^2+4)}{(s^2+4)(s^2+4s+13)}\;. \end{align*}$$

Equate numerators:

$$\begin{align*} 145s&=(As+B)(s^2+4s+13)+(Cs+D)(s^2+4)\\ &=(A+C)s^3+(4A+B+D)s^2+(13A+4B+4C)s+(13B+4D)\;, \end{align*}$$


$$\left\{\begin{align*} &A+C=0\\ &4A+B+D=0\\ &13A+4B+4C=145\\ &13B+4D=0\;. \end{align*}\right.\tag{1}$$

Solving the system $(1)$ is mildly annoying but routine; the solution is $A=9,B=16,C=-9$, and $D=-52$. Thus,



$$\begin{align*} \frac{145s}{(s^2+4)(s^2+4s+13)}+\frac{9s+55}{s^2+4s+13}&=\frac{9s+16}{s^2+4}+\frac3{s^2+4s+13}\\\\ &=\frac{9s}{s^2+4}+\frac{16}{s^2+4}+\frac3{s^2+4s+13}\;. \end{align*}$$

  • $\begingroup$ Brian thanks for your great effort and help. You did very well. Thank you very much $\endgroup$ – Garett Jan 20 '13 at 12:05
  • $\begingroup$ @Garett: You’re very welcome. $\endgroup$ – Brian M. Scott Jan 20 '13 at 12:06
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