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Homework Help: DE homework problem

  1. Feb 14, 2006 #1
    Consider dy/dt = 2*(abs(sqrt(y)))

    1.Show that y(t)=0 is a solution for all t.
    I did this part

    2.Find all solutions (hint, give solution like y(t)=... for t>=0, y(t)=... t<0).
    He told us in class that t=0 isn't necessarily the point we should be concerned with

    3.Why doesn't this contradict the uniqueness theorem?
    I have a feeling it's because our DE isn't differentiable at y=0, but my main problem is number 2.

    I graphed this DE on the computer, so assuming I typed it in right I know what it looks like. I also tried splitting the DE up into cases for part 2, but it seems that I would have to perform the same integral twice which doesn't really make sense.
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  3. Feb 14, 2006 #2


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    Could you show your work then? There should be a small difference...
    Remember the definition of the absolute value.
  4. Feb 14, 2006 #3
    dy/dt = 2*sqrt(abs(y)) = 2*sqrt(y) y>=0, 2*sqrt(-y) y<0

    isn't 2*sqrt(-y) when y<0 = 2*sqrt(y)
  5. Feb 14, 2006 #4
    I have y(t) = (t-C)^2 when y>=0. I get the same thing when y<0 as well, by seperation of variables. I use t-C rather than t+C thanks to a hint from my professor from yesterday's lecture. So, is this the solution I am looking for?
  6. Feb 15, 2006 #5


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    The initial problem was "abs(sqrt(y))" and now you write "sqrt(abs(y))", which one is it?
  7. Feb 15, 2006 #6


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    "isn't 2*sqrt(-y) when y<0 = 2*sqrt(y)"

    No, it's not. For example if y= -4, 2*sqrt(-y)= 2*sqrt(4)= 4 but
    2*sqrt(y)= 2*sqrt(-4)= 4i.
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