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because the solution would have to satisfy the differential equations which would contain n derivatives for n the order equation.

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The the explanation below might clarify...

from http://tutorial.math.lamar.edu/classes/de/definitions.aspx

nitial Condition(s) are a condition, or set of conditions, on the solution that will allow us to determine which solution that we are after. Initial conditions (often abbreviated i.c.’s when I’m feeling lazy…) are of the form

So, in other words, initial conditions are values of the solution and/or its derivative(s) at specific points. As we will see eventually, solutions to “nice enough” differential equations are unique and hence only one solution will meet the given conditions.

The number of initial conditions that are required for a given differential equation will depend upon the order of the differential equation as we will see.

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Thanks for the help guys :) I think I get it better now.

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