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Homework Help: Find the general solution?

  1. Jul 29, 2013 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    Find the general solution of (x+1)2y"+3(x+1)y'+0.75y=0 that is valid in any interval not including the singular point.

    2. Relevant equations
    3. The attempt at a solution
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  3. Jul 29, 2013 #2


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    This looks like a good candidate for a power series solution. Do you know what an ordinary point is?
  4. Jul 29, 2013 #3
    No. Please help me from the work that I've shown you.
  5. Jul 30, 2013 #4


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    You are on the right track, but change the variable to t=x+1, and find the solution in the form y=tr (y=(x+1)r).

  6. Jul 31, 2013 #5


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    I think this can be solved analytically.

    It is not indispensible, but you could make the variable X = (x + 1) to have a slightly tamer looking equation, as d/dx = d/dX OK? Edit: I see already suggested.

    Then you might recognise this as the linear homogeneous equation. Bearing out what I said in https://www.physicsforums.com/showpost.php?p=4458709&postcount=5 I easily found in Piaggio Art. 40 how to treat this kind. I don't say your substitutions won't work too, but Piaggio gives substitute X = et. You are in the end able to express in t without X and get a linear d.e.

    I get
    [tex] 4 \frac{d^2y}{dt^2} + 16\frac{dy}{dt} + 3y = 0 [/tex]
    but don't rely on me, maybe that should be 8dy/dt after all*, it will be something solvable anyway.

    Offhand I don't see what the 'singular point' is about, is this X = y = 0?

    I would be glad to see the solution results here and what the s.p. is about.

    *Edit: Gives nice factorisation! It must be that! :biggrin:
    Last edited: Jul 31, 2013
  7. Aug 1, 2013 #6


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    The solutions can be found in the form y=(x+1)r. Substituting back, r1=-1/2 and r2=-3/2. So the singular point is x=-1.

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