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Homework Help: Differential equation problems

  1. Apr 4, 2006 #1
    Differential equation problems....

    Hey everyone,
    Having some problems with these differential equations. If someone could point me in the right direction I would be really grateful.
    1) dy/dx=(5x+12y)/3x with initial conditions y(1)=5.
    I know this is a seperable equation but I'm not sure of the correct algebra to seperate them. Do I make it 5x/3x +12y/3x and then work from there??
    2) dx/dt+3x=cos(2t) x(0)=-1
    I know this one is a first order linear differential equation so it must be in the form dx/dt+p(x)y=q(x) and then you take e^(integral)p(x) and so on. I'm not sure what to do since there is no p(x) (or is it just 3??? integral being 3x). I tried that but I have trouble with the integration by parts that results.
    If anyone could give me some advice or point me in the right direction that would be great.
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  3. Apr 4, 2006 #2


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    Then you do not know what a "separable" equation is! How would you propose to "separate" x and y?

    No, it's not of the form dx/dt+ p(x)y= q(x)!! It is of the form
    dx/dt+ p(t)x= q(t). And then, Yes, p(t)= 3.
    [tex]\int e^{3t}cos(2t)dt[/tex] requires integration by parts twice and then think!!
  4. Apr 5, 2006 #3
    well if the first one is not seperable then I don't know of a way to solve it. Could you give me a hint. Thanks for the help by the way.
  5. Apr 5, 2006 #4
    Here's some help for the 1st differential equation...

    Some algebraic manipulation will give you the expression

    [tex] \frac{dy}{dx} - \frac{4}{x} y = \frac{5}{3} [/tex]

    Do you know how to solve it now?

    All the best!
  6. Apr 5, 2006 #5


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    The first is, in fact, separable, if you make a change of variables:

    Introduce the variable:

    In this case, of course, we have: [itex]\frac{dy}{dx}=f(u)=\frac{5}{3}+4u[/itex]
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