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Integration for Model

  1. Oct 26, 2009 #1
    Hi, it has been a little while since I have actually had a course in this, and my math memory is terrible. I would like to find S as a function of t, when the differential relationship is the following:

    dS/dt= A- (B*S/(S+C))*(D-E*t) where all of the other letters are just constants.

    What would be the correct approach here? Is it just numerical integration?
     
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  3. Oct 26, 2009 #2

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    If you mean just integrate both sides, no, it's not. You are looking for the unknown function S and you have S on the right side as well so you can't just integrate with respect to t.

    That is, rather a differential equation.

    If A were equal to 0, it would be "separable". We could "separate" the variables S and t as
    [tex]\frac{S+C}{S}\frac{dS}{dt}= -B(D- Et)[/tex]
    and you can integrate both sides of that with respect to s:
    [tex]\int\frac{S+C}{S}\frac{dS}{dt}dt= \int(-BD+ BEt)dt[/tex]
    [tex]\int\frac{S+C}{S}dS= \int(-BD+ BEt)dt[/tex].

    However, with that "A", it's not that simple. There are a variety of ways of solving first order differential equation but I don't see any immediately that would work for that equation.
     
  4. Oct 27, 2009 #3
    That is pretty much what I thought. Thank you!

    I am going to just do numerical integration.
     
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