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Method of Undetermined Coefficients

  1. Oct 28, 2009 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    y(4)-4y2=t2+et
    Determine the general solution

    2. Relevant equations



    3. The attempt at a solution

    So I worked it all out and got the correct answer. My question is that when we make the onsat that a particular solution will be in the form Y=At4+.....how do we know it starts with a 4th degree? It doesn't make sense to me since the right hand side is a 2nd degree
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data



    2. Relevant equations



    3. The attempt at a solution
     
  2. jcsd
  3. Oct 28, 2009 #2
    You get better at guessing particular solutions.

    First you have to get the complementary solution. Once you have that assume that the y is something like At2 + Bet. You're fine up until now as long as your complementary solution doesn't have the same term in it. Otherwise you will have to multiply your particular solution by t.

    You complementary solution will be of the form Atet + Bet. Since the particular solution has the same term Bet, you multiply once by t to get Btet, but that's the same form as Atet. So you have to multiply by t again. Resulting in the 4th degree.
     
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