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Homework Help: Laplace transformation initial value problem

  1. Dec 12, 2008 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    I need to use the Laplace transformations to solve this IVP

    y'-y=2cost(5t) , y(0)=0

    2. Relevant equations

    3. The attempt at a solution

    I seperated the question until the point


    and then


    I get the answer for B=-(1/13) and i just want to know how to get A and if i am doing it right so far. ASAP would be great. Thanks.
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  3. Dec 12, 2008 #2


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    It would be helpful to see your work in how you got to the Y(s) equation. Also, I assume that the (s + 1) factor is in the denominator, but how you wrote it one could reasonable assume it is in the numerator.
    For the 2nd equation above, did you separate the rational expression as A/(s^2 + 25) + B/(s + 1)? If so, that's incorrect. The first expression should be (As + B)/(s^2 + 25), and the other C/(s + 1)
  4. Dec 12, 2008 #3
    I messed up the first problem, there is no t after cos. This is how the problem is written.

    y'-y=2cos(5t) , y(0)=0

    Here is my work from the beginning:



    Let s=-1 and then i solve for C which comes out to equal (-1/13). And then I get stuck at A and B. I looked at what you said and you are right and i fixed that but Im still stuck.
  5. Dec 12, 2008 #4


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    Shouldn't you have sY(s)-Y(s)=2s/(s2+25) ?
  6. Dec 12, 2008 #5
    Yes I should. Because of the minus from the initial problem. Thanks for that one. So
    C=(1/13) with no minus sign. What about the rest? What number can I choose for s that will cause (s^2+25) to equal zero and then to get A and B?
  7. Dec 12, 2008 #6


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    try s=0 to get B
    then put s=any number to get A
  8. Dec 12, 2008 #7
    Cool! i think i got it.

    Is this right?
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