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Homework Help: Integrating factor proof

  1. Mar 13, 2012 #1

    I've just been following this proof for a integrating factor of (xy),


    it starts at at equation (22)

    I understood it all a few days ago and now I seem to have forgotten this one step.

    It says after eq(22) and (23)

    "Combining these two" gives (24)

    What does it mean by combining the two?

    dividing the top equation by the second?

    If that's the case how come dg/dx = dg/dy ?

    Thanks in advance
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  3. Mar 13, 2012 #2


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    hey physicsjock! :smile:

    (22) and (23) are badly written :frown:

    they should say:
    ∂µ/∂x = ∂g/∂(xy) y

    ∂µ/∂y = ∂g/∂(xy) x​

    don't ever write like that! :rolleyes: :wink:
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