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Homework Help: Eulers Equation confusion! Are these the right equations?

  1. Feb 28, 2006 #1
    Hello everyone, I just went thorugh the pratice exam in about 15 minutes and got them all right but right when we were about to leave he also said you will need to do the following and he wrote the following:

    for 1 real solution:
    y = c1*t^a + c2*t^a*ln(t);

    2 complex:
    y = t^a(c1*sin(b*ln(t)) + c2*cos(b*ln(t));
    a is the real part
    b is the imageary;

    BUt he left out, what if you get repeated roots, also what if you get 2 real roots?

    Also in his first equation:
    for 1 real solution:
    y = c1*t^a + c2*t^a*ln(t);

    What is a? is that like r?
    y''+18y'+85 = 0;
    r^2+18r+85 = 0;
    r1 = -9+2i
    r2 = -9-2i

    like how those are r's, is that what he ment by a?

    So i asked him, when would we use those forms? And he wrote, when you have a differential in the form of:
    a*x^2y'' +bxy' + cy = 0;

    So i wanted to test it out to see if it works, so i tried:
    http://suprfile.com/src/1/2hef20/lastscan.jpg [Broken]
    And using it the old way obviouslly doesnt work, can someone tell me the other forms? like for 2 year solutions like this problem requires and for repeated roots? Thank you! Once i get these other equations i think i'll be able to figure it out.

    Ivey I looked at what you posted in the last 2 threads i posted but the professor said its memorizing a few simple formulas, he doesn't want us to work it out or put it in a different form.

    Last edited by a moderator: May 2, 2017
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  3. Feb 28, 2006 #2
    I think i got it,
    m^2-m-6m-8 = 0;
    m = 8,-1

    y = Ax^r1+Bx^r2;
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