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Homework Help: Find the general solution

  1. Apr 26, 2010 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    Find the general solution

    y'' + 4y' +4y = 5xe^(-2x)

    3. The attempt at a solution

    I got (5/2)x^3*e^(-2x) as a particular solution. But I checked online at wolfram alpha and it says the particular solution is (5/6)x^3*e^(-2x). Using method of undetermined coefficients.
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  3. Apr 26, 2010 #2


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    Solve the homogeneous part of y'' + 4y' +4y = 0. What are the roots of the characteristic equation?
  4. Apr 26, 2010 #3
    The homogeneous part gave me


    from the root (D+2)2.

    Multiplying by another (D+2) annihilated the 5xe-2x, resulting in a new solution


    is that right?
  5. Apr 26, 2010 #4


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    Your right side is xe-2x, since -2 is seen twice in the homogeneous part, you must multiply it by x2.

    Can you show your work on how you got the constant to be 5/2?
  6. Apr 26, 2010 #5
    (D2+4D+4)(c3x2e-2x) = 5xe-2x

    c3(4x2e-2x-8xe-2x+2e-2x+4(2xe-2x-2x2e-2x)+4x2e-2x) = 5xe-2x

    Every thing but c3(2e-2x) reduces to zero

  7. Apr 26, 2010 #6


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    I thought you got yp=c3x3e-2x
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