Differential equation question

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Homework Statement



Solve the following DE using two different methods.

ey +ycos(x) +(xey +sin(x))y' =0

Homework Equations



Exact method, and substitution method.

The Attempt at a Solution



I can solve this using the exact method just fine. The second way I'm expected to solve this is by substitution. In the solution it says to use the substitution u = xey +ysinx

Once I do that I can solve it just fine. My question is how am I possibly supposed to look at the original equation and think to use that seemingly random substitution.

There's quite a few examples where I have to solve using substitutions but I have no idea where these substitutions come from. Is there some method or something I'm supposed to look for that I'm missing here?
 

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