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Differential Region Question

  1. Sep 5, 2007 #1
    Determine the region in the xy-plane for which

    (1+y^3)y' = x^2

    This has a unique solution.

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    Not really understanding what this is asking of me?

    I solved this as a seperable diff. Equation.

    (1+ y^3)dy = (x^2) dx

    y + (1/4)y^4 = (1/3) x^3 + c

    3y + (3/4)y^4 = x^3


    not sure what this one wants from me...

    the general solution to which all the solution curves can be reached from?


    any help is appreciated.

    Rob
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  3. Sep 6, 2007 #2

    EnumaElish

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    The solution you obtained is a polynomial in y. Which typically means that there are multiple y functions (roots) that solve the polynomial. The question is, is there a subset of the xy plane over which all roots are identical.
     
  4. Sep 6, 2007 #3

    HallsofIvy

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    What happened to the "c"?? If you were to solve for y, since this is a fourth degree equation, you might get 4 separate solutions. For what values of c does this equation have a unique solution? What initial (x,y) values give those values of c?


     
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