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Homework Help: Exact Diff Eq

  1. Jul 4, 2015 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    Solve the Differential Equation:


    When I take the partial derivative of each of these equations, I do indeed get that it is exact...

    However, when I do it the way my professor wants me to do it, I don't get the same result.
    He told us to multiply through by the common denominator. I have tried it multiple times, and the result never comes out as exact. Multiplying by the common denominator is altering the equation and making it not exact, but that's the way he wants us to do it. Am I doing something wrong?

    2. Relevant equations

    Exact equation, integrating factor using common denominator

    3. The attempt at a solution

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  3. Jul 5, 2015 #2


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    You are right, the original equation is exact, and multiplying it with the common denominator makes it non-exact.
    You can choose any path to integrate it.
  4. Jul 5, 2015 #3
    Is there anyway I could simplify the partial derivatives, do you think? The teacher somehow got this down to having no denominator, but then he erased it. I can't see anyway to do it myself... Even if I multiply both groups in parenthesis by their own respective common denominators, instead of multiplying the entirety of it by the CD of all, it still comes out as non-exact. I've also tried using the common denominator to bring together the separate fractions, which obviously is still the correct partial derivative because I'm not altering the equation by doing so, but it doesn't make partial derivative without a denominator.
  5. Jul 5, 2015 #4


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    Why do you want to simplify the partial derivatives?
    You have a differential equation which proved to be exact as it is. The expression on the left side is total derivative of a function F(x,y).

    ##\left(\frac {2x}{y}-\frac{y}{x^2+y^2}\right)dx+\left(\frac{x}{x^2+y^2}-\frac{x^2}{y^2}\right)dy=dF(x,y)##

    You need to find F(x,y). Integrate the equation:

    ##\int\left(\left(\frac {2x}{y}-\frac{y}{x^2+y^2}\right)dx+\left(\frac{x}{x^2+y^2}-\frac{x^2}{y^2}\right)dy\right)=F(x,y) + C##
  6. Jul 5, 2015 #5


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    Is there some reason you're expecting the resulting equation to be exact? It sounds like your professor doesn't want you to solve it that way.
  7. Jul 5, 2015 #6
    So I just need to integrate either M or N first, if I label them respectively as so?

    Not sure, He wrote "Exact" right next to the problem in the notes, so I guess it infers we have to solve it exactly. Unless of course, there is a more simple way to solve it, which I don't see.
  8. Jul 5, 2015 #7

    Here is my conclusion of work to the problem, it works out with the books answer, so thank you for all your time helping me answer this questions!
  9. Jul 5, 2015 #8


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    Nice work! :oldsmile:
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