# DE Missing Solutions

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 P: 916 1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data Find a one-parameter family of solutions to the differential equation: $\frac{dy}{dt} = \frac{t \ cos 2t}{y}$ Are there any solutions to the differential equation that are missing from the set of solutions you found? Explain. 3. The attempt at a solution I used the separation of variables to find the solution as follows: $\int ydy = \int t \ cos (2t) dt$ $\frac{y^2}{2} = \frac{1}{4} (2t \ sin (2t)+ cos(2t)) + c$ $\therefore y = \sqrt{t \ sin (2t)+ \frac{1}{2} \ cos (2t) + k}$ And this is defined as long as there is no negative under the square root. So, how do I know whether there are any missing solutions or not? And how do I identify them?
 P: 312 There could be a negative sign in front of the square root, with an independent constant c(or k).
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 Quote by sunjin09 There could be a negative sign in front of the square root, with an independent constant c(or k).
How does that show that there are any missing solutions? Furthermore, there is no negative sign in front of the squre root in the general solution that I've found.

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hi roam!
 Quote by roam How does that show that there are any missing solutions?
sunjin09 is correct

if y is a solution, then obviously -y is also
 Furthermore, there is no negative sign in front of the squre root in the general solution that I've found.
that's because you deliberately threw it away when you did the following step
 Quote by roam $\frac{y^2}{2} = \frac{1}{4} (2t \ sin (2t)+ cos(2t)) + c$ $\therefore y = \sqrt{t \ sin (2t)+ \frac{1}{2} \ cos (2t) + k}$
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 Quote by tiny-tim hi roam! sunjin09 is correct if y is a solution, then obviously -y is also that's because you deliberately threw it away when you did the following step …
Thank you! So the correct general solution to the DE must have been:

$\therefore y = \pm \sqrt{t \ sin (2t)+ \frac{1}{2} \ cos (2t) + k}$ .......(1)

But this doesn't answer the second part of the question: Are there any solutions to the differential equation that are missing from the set of solutions you found?

Are there any solutions to the DE that are missing from the set (1)?
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 Quote by roam Thank you! So the correct general solution to the DE must have been: $\therefore y = \pm \sqrt{t \ sin (2t)+ \frac{1}{2} \ cos (2t) + k}$ .......(1) But this doesn't answer the second part of the question: Are there any solutions to the differential equation that are missing from the set of solutions you found? Are there any solutions to the DE that are missing from the set (1)?
Your "solution" is not a solution at all; a solution will not have a $\pm$ in it. You need to pick either $$y_1(t) = \sqrt{t \ sin (2t)+ \frac{1}{2} \ cos (2t) + k_1} \text{ or } y_2(t) = -\sqrt{t \ sin (2t)+ \frac{1}{2} \ cos (2t) + k_2}.$$ (If you don't believe me, try plugging in you written solution into a program such as Maple and see whether or not the soflware can handle it.) That being said, the question becomes: are there any solutions different from $y_1 \text{ or } y_2$? You need to use some theorems, for example, related to the IVP, where in addition to the DE you also specify y(0) for example.

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 Quote by roam Are there any solutions to the DE that are missing from the set (1)?
well, i don't see how we could have thrown any away …

(the only dangerous thing we did was to multiply both sides by y, and "y = 0 for all t" obviously isn't a solution in this case)
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 Quote by tiny-tim well, i don't see how we could have thrown any away … (the only dangerous thing we did was to multiply both sides by y, and "y = 0 for all t" obviously isn't a solution in this case)
So, do you mean that y(t)=0 is a missing solution?

 Quote by Ray Vickson Your "solution" is not a solution at all; a solution will not have a $\pm$ in it. You need to pick either $$y_1(t) = \sqrt{t \ sin (2t)+ \frac{1}{2} \ cos (2t) + k_1} \text{ or } y_2(t) = -\sqrt{t \ sin (2t)+ \frac{1}{2} \ cos (2t) + k_2}.$$ (If you don't believe me, try plugging in you written solution into a program such as Maple and see whether or not the soflware can handle it.) That being said, the question becomes: are there any solutions different from $y_1 \text{ or } y_2$? You need to use some theorems, for example, related to the IVP, where in addition to the DE you also specify y(0) for example.
So we must when we are solving a DE and have a situation like y2=..., we must always take the positive value?
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 Quote by roam So, do you mean that y(t)=0 is a missing solution?
no i mean that if it was a solution, we might have missed it
so we check, we find it isn't, and we relax again
 P: 916 Hi tiny tim, I have two questions: 1. If using the "±" symbol is wrong, then what is the correct notation for representing the solution to this DE? 2. So, there are absolutely no missing solutions, and my answer is the general solution and we can solve all initial-value problems with solutions of this form? (Personally I can't think of any counter examples, but I'm not sure).
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 Quote by roam So, do you mean that y(t)=0 is a missing solution? So we must when we are solving a DE and have a situation like y2=..., we must always take the positive value?
Why would you ask me that, when I very clearly wrote down TWO solutions?

Anyway, if you look at the IVP and have y(0) > 0, then you must choose the solution y1 (with the + sign); if y(0) < 0 you must choose y2 (with the - sign). Then the issue is: are there any other solutions to your IVP? You can use theorems about that. Google "uniqueness theorems for differential equations".

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hi roam!
 Quote by roam 1. If using the "±" symbol is wrong, then what is the correct notation for representing the solution to this DE?
i didn't say it was wrong!

if your professor doesn't like it, don't do it

if your professor doesn't mind it, do do it

it's a convenient shorthand …

when we write "the general solution is x = Acoskt + C", we don't feel the need to add "for any constant C"

when we write "the general solution is x = -b ±√(b2 - 4c), we don't feel the need to add "for either value of ±"
 2. So, there are absolutely no missing solutions, and my answer is the general solution and we can solve all initial-value problems with solutions of this form? (Personally I can't think of any counter examples, but I'm not sure).
looks ok
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 Quote by tiny-tim hi roam! i didn't say it was wrong! if your professor doesn't like it, don't do it if your professor doesn't mind it, do do it it's a convenient shorthand … when we write "the general solution is x = Acoskt + C", we don't feel the need to add "for any constant C" when we write "the general solution is x = -b ±√(b2 - 4c), we don't feel the need to add "for either value of ±" looks ok
The point I was trying to get across to him was that y = ± f(t) is _not_ a solution; it is TWO DIFFERENT solutions, but written in shorthand. As I suggested to him, try submitting his "solution" y = ± f(t) to Maple, Mathematica or Matlab to test it. The computer would choke. I know, I know that we sometimes say "the root is a ± b" and similar language, but *if one does not fully understand this one should avoid it*! It is really a shorthand form of the statement that there are two roots, a + b and a - b. It is perfectly acceptable to say "the roots are a ± b"; this emphasizes roots (plural) and is absolutely correct in all respects.

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 Quote by Ray Vickson Then the issue is: are there any other solutions to your IVP? You can use theorems about that. Google "uniqueness theorems for differential equations". RGV
By the Uniqueness Theorem, to have a unique solution both f(t, y) and ∂f/∂y must be continious at a point.

So $\frac{\partial f}{\partial y} = - \frac{t \ cos \ 2t}{y^2}$

When y=0, the partial derivative fails to exist, this means that the uniqueness theorem doesn't tell us anything about solutions of an IVP that have the form y(t0)=0. For example at the point y(0)=0, neither f(t, y) or ∂f/∂y exist. But how can we use this to prove that y(0)=0 is another solution to the IVP?

I'm confused because the satisfaction of the theorem simply guarantees a uniques solution, but failure of the theorem doesn't prove multiple solutions (inconclusive). So how can we use this theorem?
 Sci Advisor HW Helper Thanks P: 5,197 So, if y(0) is not zero you have a unique solution; in fact, you can see from the DE itself that y(t) is strictly increasing if y(0) > 0 and is strictly decreasing if y(0) < 0, so y(t) never reaches zero. The case y(0) = 0 is pathological, and I don't think you can say the DE even means anything right at the point t = 0. RGV
 P: 916 Right, so how else can I find the missing solutions?
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 Quote by roam Right, so how else can I find the missing solutions?
Who says there are missing solutions?

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 Quote by Ray Vickson Who says there are missing solutions? RGV
So f(t, y) is not defined at y=0, but it is continious everywhere else and ∂f/∂y is continious everywhere, and by the Uniqueness Theorem the solution to every initial-value problem is unique. Is this a sufficient explanation that there are no missing solutions?

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