First order ODE quesiton

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A particle of mass m is subject to a force F(v) = bv^2. The initial position is zero, and the initial speed is vi find x(t)

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m*dv/dx*v = -bv^2
m*dv/dx = -bv
integral m/-bv*dv = integral dx
m/-b*ln(v) + a = x + b

What do I do with the constants? i thought i was suppose to put in 'a' as vi and b as 0, but then when i integrate again for v, so i can get x(t) function, what do i use to fill in that constant?
 

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UltrafastPED
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Where does m*dv/dx*v = -bv^2 come from? Newton's second law of motion implies F=m*dv/dt.
 
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dv/dx*v=dv/dx*dx/dt = dv/dt = a
 
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OK. You use your constants in the integrations: the lower constant on the dx integral is the starting location = 0, and the lower constant on the dv integral is the initial velocity = v_i.

The upper constants are the unknowns ... your integral equation will provide a relation between them.
 

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