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Homework Help: DE problem involving limits

  1. Oct 9, 2013 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    Find the general solution of the given differential equation, and use it to determine how
    solutions behave as t→∞.

    y' − 2y = 3et

    2. Relevant equations


    3. The attempt at a solution

    After some work, I got y=-3et+ce2t . Now I have problems in getting the limit as t goes to infinity. C can possibly be a positive or negative value. In case it is -ve, the answer goes to negative infinity. If it is positive, I cant really figure out what would the limit be. In the book however, it is written that 'It follows
    that all solutions will increase exponentially'. HOW?
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  3. Oct 9, 2013 #2


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    e2t will beat et, so it will go to positive or negative infinity according to the sign of c.
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