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I'm not sure how to transform this into two ODEs

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Wave equation with inhomogeneous boundary conditions

Sorry about the thread title, I've tried changing it but it won't work.

1. Homework Statement

Solve the wave equation (1) on the region 0<x<2 subject to the boundary conditions (2) and the initial condition (3) by separation of variables.


2. Homework Equations
(1) [itex]\frac{\partial^2 u}{\partial t^2}=c^2\frac{\partial^2 u}{\partial x^2}[/itex]

(2) [itex]\frac{\partial u}{\partial x}(0,t)=1[/itex] ; [itex]\frac{\partial u }{\partial x}(2,t)=1[/itex]

(3) [itex]\frac{\partial u}{\partial t}(x,0)=0[/itex]


3. The Attempt at a Solution

I've defined [itex]\theta(x,t)=u(x,t)-u_{st}(x) = u(x,t)-x-h(t)[/itex] where u_st is the steady state solution. I've used this to create a new PDE with homogeneous boundary conditions.

The PDE is:

[itex]\frac{\partial^2 \theta}{\partial t^2} + h''(t)=c^2 \frac{\partial^2 \theta}{\partial x^2}[/itex].

By subbing in [itex]\theta=f(t)g(x)[/itex] I get:

[itex]f''(t)g(x)+h''(t)=c^2 f(t) g''(x)[/itex]

I'm not sure how to transform this into two ODEs. Can someone help?
 
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