# Non-Linear (Second Order) Differential Equation

I need some hints for solving $yy''-(y')^2=xy^2$.

I noticed that the left hand side is close to $(yy')'$:

$yy''-(y')^2=xy^2\ \Leftrightarrow\ yy''+(y')^2-2(y')^2=xy^2\ \Leftrightarrow\ (yy')'-2(y')^2=xy^2$.

But I don't know how to continue expressing the terms as derivatives of some functions.

Thanks

Consider $\frac {y'}{y}$ instead of $y'y$ $$yy''-(y')^2=xy^2$$ $$(\frac {y'}{y})'=x$$ Integrate $$\frac {y'}y=\frac {x^2}2+k$$ $$\int \frac {dy}y=\int \frac {x^2}2+kdx$$ $$\ln y=\frac {x^3}6+k_1x+k_2$$ $$y(x)=k_2e^{\frac {x^3}6+k_1x}$$
Take the change of variable $z = \ln y$. So you would end up with the following relations $$y = e^z$$ $$y' = z'e^z$$ $$y'' = e^z z'' + (z')^2 e^z$$ Upon substitution (all $e^z$'s will cancel out), leaving you with a $2^{nd}$ order differential equation, which is easy to solve: $$z'' = x$$