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Homework Help: Given the y-intercept of this curve means what? Diff EQ

  1. Jan 15, 2006 #1
    Hello everyone this may be an easy problem, but i'm confused on what they have given me the problem says:

    Find f(x) if y = f(x) satisfies
    {dy}/{dx} = 32 yx^{15}
    and the y-intercept of the curve y = f(x) is 2.
    f(x) = ?

    But what does that mean that the y intercept is 2? is that an intial condition? if so what is the value of x? if y = 2? or does that mean y(0) = 2? or does it mean y(2) = 0?

    Here is my work:
    http://img72.imageshack.us/img72/9646/lastscan8sf.jpg [Broken]

    Any help would be great!! thanks! :)
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  3. Jan 15, 2006 #2


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    You are doing differential equations and you have to ask what "y- intercept" means? Oh, be embarassed!:smile:

    The "y-intercept" of a graph may mean either the point at which the graph crosses the y-axis or the y value of that point, since, of course, the x-value of any point on the y-axis is 0. Saying "the y-intercept of the curve y = f(x) is 2" is saying that y(0)= 2.

    By the way, is there any reason for dividing by 32? It looks to me like the solution would be simpler if you left it on the right side.
    (It especially prevents one from mistakenly writing that [tex]e^{\frac{ln y}{32}}= \frac{y}{32}[/tex]!)
    Oh, and ea+b is NOT ea+ eb!
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  4. Jan 15, 2006 #3
    Thanks for the advice Ivey, But i seemed to still suck it up in a big way. Here is my new work, still somthing isn't working out! :bugeye:

    http://img81.imageshack.us/img81/9937/lastscan5rv.jpg [Broken]

    PS: I am ashamed of myself :biggrin:
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  5. Jan 17, 2006 #4
    Check the math on the x side of the equation when you integrate.
  6. Jan 18, 2006 #5


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    With good reason! Now I feel I have to point out that 32/16 is NOT 9/4!
  7. Jan 18, 2006 #6
    Oh f word, I don't nkow how i didn't notice that. I should have been on that like a hobo on a hamsandwitch.
    Perhaps its the large intake of coffee products or pure ignorance hah. thanks guys, it works!
    PS: I even showed my professor and he didn't catch the whole 32/16 != 9/4, but then again he probably figured I could do basic math.
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