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Homework Help: Inverse Laplace Transform

  1. Jan 26, 2012 #1
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    Hello all,
    Having difficulty with this one question that involves complex roots. Here it is:
    I tried two different ways to tackle it. First method I divided it right away:
    Is there some sort of approach to something like s^2? I have not taken a differential equations course, and this is in one of my classes for modelling circuits.
    If I decide not to do it this way, I can break it up via partial fractions:
    where j is a complex number.
    The part that I do not know how to do is from here.
    Would it be:
    or are the complex numbers treated separetely?

    Or is there an easier way, altogether?
    Last edited: Jan 26, 2012
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  3. Jan 26, 2012 #2
    got it. Solved via matrix for A, B, C
  4. Jan 26, 2012 #3


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    Generally, I try to avoid imaginary numbers if I can. Factors of j are just like mistakes waiting to happen. I'd instead expand it as
    $$F(s) = \frac{s+3}{s^3+3s+6s+4} = \frac{A}{s+1}+\frac{Bs + C}{s^2+2s+4}$$which leads to
    $$s+3 = A(s^2+2s+4) + (Bs+C)(s+1)$$
  5. Jan 26, 2012 #4


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    Edit: vela beat me to the punch!

    Breaking the denominator into all linear factors seems like it might be the harder way to go. You can factor s3 + 3s2 + 6s + 4 into (s + 1)(s2 + 2s + 4).

    When you use partial fractions, you'll be solving for constants A, B, and C so that
    [tex]\frac{s + 3}{s^3 + 3s^2 + 6s + 4} = \frac{A}{s+1} + \frac{Bs + C}{s^2 + 2s + 4}[/tex]

    That last denominator can be rewritten as s2 + 2s + 1 + 3 = (s + 1)2 + (√3)2, if need be, which lends itself to a trig substitution.
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