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Homework Help: Differential Equations - Power Series problem with e^t

  1. Jul 15, 2013 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    The problem is to solve:

    y''+ty'+e[itex]^{t}[/itex]y=0, y(0)=0 and y'(0)=-1

    2. Relevant equations

    3. The attempt at a solution

    My main issue is the following: I normally find the recursion relation, and then factor out the t[itex]^{whatever}[/itex] and I know that the coefficient to this must equal 0. However, the addition of the e[itex]^{t}[/itex] means I can't factor out ALL of the t[itex]^{whatever}[/itex] so I can't exactly equate the coefficient to 0.

    So specifically with the question above, I get the following:





    Then I plug those into the DE, write out the first few terms so that they all start at k=2, and put them all under the same sum to get as follows:


    From this you find that a[itex]_{2}[/itex]=-a[itex]_{0}[/itex]/2





    Like I said, normally at this point I find the recursion relation and factor out a t[itex]^{k}[/itex] so that I know that the entire coefficient is 0. But in this case, after factoring out the t[itex]^{k}[/itex] one of the terms in the coefficient still have a t[itex]^{k}[/itex], so I don't know if I can't just equate this whole thing to 0.

    Can anyone help?

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  3. Jul 15, 2013 #2


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    You don't need to put the itex tags around every item. Just put them around the whole equation. Right click on the above expression and see how I changed it for you.

    You don't multiply two series like that. You need the Cauchy Product. See:
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