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Nonseparable Differential Equation

  1. Feb 29, 2008 #1
    I know that this differential equation is not separable, but is there a way to solve it?


    I've tried a substitution of y=vx:


    I'm stuck trying to rewrite that as a product of v and x.

    Any help is appreciated!
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  3. Feb 29, 2008 #2


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    Set u=y+x,

    then you get:

    whereby your diff.eq reads:

    du/dx=1+u, which IS separable.

    Alternatively, find an integrating factor to your diff.eq.
  4. Feb 29, 2008 #3
    By using that method, my answer was: eˣ-x-1.


  5. Feb 29, 2008 #4
    Of course there are many methods to solve the above equations as they are a system of linear differential equations. The methods solved above are great for their simplicity but not so great in terms of generality.
  6. Feb 29, 2008 #5


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    Why not check it out?

    We have: y=e^x-x-1,



    so that is indeed A solution.

    You still lack the general solution.
  7. Mar 2, 2008 #6
    isn't the general solution, the same thing but with the constant not being defined?

    if not then please clarify it for me.
  8. Mar 2, 2008 #7


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    Yes it is...but your solution was [itex]y=e^x-x-1[/itex] which is a particular solution. the general sol'n would be [itex]y=e^x-x-1+C[/itex]....C= a constant. Never forget the constant of integration.
  9. Mar 2, 2008 #8
    The general solution is:

    [tex]y(x)= A\cdot e^x -x- 1[/tex]

    If you set A=1 then you get the particular solution of altcmdesc. However, the general solution is also obtained via the method of Arildno.

    Nothing to do with adding a constant just like that, rock.freak667, you have to add it at the right place.
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