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Please check if the differential equation is correct 
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Feb512, 05:35 AM

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I am practising for my test. The question is to solve a differential equation
dy/dx + y/x + 1 = 5x y(0) = 1. The answer that i have come up with is (xy+y)= 5x^3/3+5x^2/2+c by substituting the values x=0 and y=1 in to the general equation I get y(x+1)=5x^3/3 + 5x^2/2 +1 as the particular solution. Can you tell me how will the particular solution look like and why this particular solution exists? 


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Feb512, 06:53 AM

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For your equation your initial condition only effects a constant in the entire equation. Based on this what is the effect of adding or subtracting a constant in a general equation? (Hint: how does it 'shift' the function?) 


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Feb512, 04:47 PM

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The differential equation can be written [tex]\frac{dy}{dx}= 5x \frac{y}{x+1}[/tex] The function on the right side is differentiable for all y and all x except 1 so by the "fundamental existence and uniqueness theorem" for initial value problems, a unique solution to this problem exist for all x larger than 1. 


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