Help getting started with this differential equation

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Summary:

I have a fairly simple non-homogeneous second order ODE to solve but I can't seem to get started with it.

Main Question or Discussion Point

I need to solve

2Φ/∂s2 + (1/s)*∂Φ/ds - C = 0

Where s is a radial coordinate and C is a constant.

I know this is fairly simple but I haven't had to solve a problem like this in a long time. Can someone advise me on how to begin working towards a general solution?

Is the method of undetermined coefficients the correct approach?

Thanks very much.
 

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  • #2
Infrared
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Substituting ##\Psi=d\Phi/ds## turns your equation into the first order equation ##\Psi'(s)+\frac{1}{s}\Psi(s)=C##. You should be able to do this with an integrating factor.
 
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The equation is the same as $$\frac{1}{s}\frac{\partial}{\partial s}\left(s\frac{\partial \phi}{\partial s}\right)=C$$
 
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Is there a reason for the partial derivative symbols when there is only the single variable s?
 

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