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Homework Help: High order differential equations: undetermined coefficients

  1. Dec 6, 2014 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    If the method of undetermined coefficients is used to find a particular solution
    yp (t) to the differential equation y'''-y'=te^(-t)+2cos(t) should
    have the form: ?

    2. Relevant equations

    3. The attempt at a solution


    roots= 0, 1





    correct answer given however is

    t(At + B)e^(-t) + C cos(t) + D sin(t)

    I don't know how that t in front got there.. It would make sense if my LHS gave e^-t. but i dont think it does.

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  3. Dec 6, 2014 #2


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    Hello dmoney,

    Your LHS should be yc(t) = c1et + c2e(0*t) = c1et + c2

    missed that .... c3e-t
  4. Dec 6, 2014 #3


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    Your characteristic equation is third order in r. How many roots are there?
  5. Dec 6, 2014 #4
    right... 3 roots...

    so r^3-r=0

    r=0, r=1, and.... r=-1


    I always get stuck on the stupidest mistakes.

    I really appreciate it! thanks
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