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Homework Help: Lowest frequency non-uniform string

  1. May 2, 2014 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    See attachment (stuck with part b at the moment)

    2. Relevant equations

    3. The attempt at a solution


    [tex]\frac{T''}{T}=\sigma[/tex] (1)
    use trial solution [tex]T=be^{rt}[/tex]

    subbing into (1) and solve for r.

    use same trial solution and repeat steps for


    from principle of superposition



    Then I get confused with boundary conditions can someone let me know if I am on the right lines so far and give me any advice for proceeding?


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    Last edited: May 2, 2014
  2. jcsd
  3. May 2, 2014 #2
    Your solution for D is not correct. In particular, since r turned out to be a function of x, your calculation of D'' must take that into consideration. Also, σ turns out to be negative. You must be aware of that when looking for the ansatz solutions.
  4. May 2, 2014 #3
    not really sure I understand, am I correct in using [tex]D=ae^{rx}[/tex] and subbing that into[tex](1+bx)\frac{D''}{D}=\sigma[/tex] to find r? Or is my r incorrect?

    EDIT: I see what you mean nevermind..

    EDIT: I don't suppose you could give me a hint on how to find the trial solution? I have not come across an ODE in the form of f(x)y''-ay=0, what is this type of differential equation called?
    Last edited: May 2, 2014
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