# Solve the initial value problem $xyy' + xy' = 1$ and $y(1) = 0$

I can solve the differential equation, which is $$y + y^{2}/2 = \ln(x) + C$$.

But I cannot solve the IVP because I can't isolate for $$y$$ and find the value of $$C.$$

We have (just reproducing your work for completeness, and combining some of the comment ideas): \begin{align*} xyy'+xy'&=1\\ xy'(y+1)&=1\\ (y+1)\,dy&=\frac{dx}{x}\\ \frac{y^2}{2}+y&=\ln(x)+C\\ 0&=\ln(1)+C\\ 0&=C\\ \frac{y^2}{2}+y&=\ln(x)\\ y^2+2y&=2\ln(x)\\ y^2+2y+1&=2\ln(x)+1\\ (y+1)^2&=2\ln(x)+1\\ y+1&=\pm\sqrt{2\ln(x)+1}\\ y&=-1\pm\sqrt{2\ln(x)+1}. \end{align*} But notice that we can't allow the negative square root, because it doesn't actually satisfy the initial condition. Also notice that we threw out the $$\ln|x|$$ for $$\ln(x),$$ because we knew the initial condition would be for positive $$x.$$ So the final solution is $$y=-1+\sqrt{2\ln(x)+1}.$$