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Homework Help: Find the solution to the following lhcc recurrence, confused!

  1. Mar 25, 2006 #1
    ello ello!
    I ran into this problem and i went in circles trying to figure it out. Anyone have any suggestions?
    Here is what i have:
    Find the solution to the following lhcc recurrence:
    http://cwcsrv11.cwc.psu.edu/webwork2_files/tmp/equations/3c/1e4624e0fc726276872050e3ffe28d1.png [Broken]
    with initial conditions http://cwcsrv11.cwc.psu.edu/webwork2_files/tmp/equations/77/41b1266f6e87bb1b57dd6883644c521.png [Broken]

    The solution is of the form: http://cwcsrv11.cwc.psu.edu/webwork2_files/tmp/equations/b5/d7df51334509f4e8eb7c12482421651.png [Broken]
    or suitable constants http://cwcsrv11.cwc.psu.edu/webwork2_files/tmp/equations/ba/23a25f303b1dfba5efa3cc7dbfba401.png [Broken] with http://cwcsrv11.cwc.psu.edu/webwork2_files/tmp/equations/8d/8623a3204922fa8125ce9b843a6b9b1.png [Broken]
    Find these constants.
    [tex]r_1 = r_2 = \alpha_1 = \alpha_2 =[/tex]

    Okay so I plugged the 2 inital conditions in for the solution form and got:
    1 = [tex]\alpha_1[/tex] + [tex]\alpha_2[/tex]
    4 = [tex]\alpha_1[/tex]*r1 + [tex]\alpha_2[/tex]*r2

    I can't solve t hat, too many unkowns and not enough equations. I also tried to find a2,a3,a4, then putting it all in terms of a0 and a1, then i was like urnt, what now? THanks!
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  3. Mar 25, 2006 #2


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    You should have found specific values for the r's (4 and 3) before applying the initial conditions and you have a simple system of two equations and two unknowns (the alphas).
  4. Mar 26, 2006 #3
    Thanks for the responce Tide but i'm still alittle lost.
    I usually found the R's when they gave me an equation like r^2+4r+2 = 0, then just solve for r to find r1 and r2. How did u figure out r1 = 4 and r2 = 3?
  5. Mar 27, 2006 #4


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    Did you notice that while you used the initial conditions, you didn't use the recurrance itself anywhere? What happens if you plug
    an= rn into the recurrance equation?
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