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ODE Review

  1. May 8, 2014 #1
    I'm out of college and am brushing up on Laplace Transforms. I have a problem I've solved, but I believe the solution I got is wrong and can't find my error.

    The problem is 2x''-x'=t*sin(t) x(0)=5,x'(0)=3

    My solution...

    Take the Laplace Transform


    Rearranging, I get

    Solve for x

    Then, doing a PFD on the first term, I get -1/s+8/(2s-1)

    Doing an inverse Laplace Transform, I get x(t)=-1+8e^(t/2)+Integral((sin(y)-ycos(y)(e^(1/2)((t-y))dy,0,y)

    I used the convolution theorem on the second term on the RHS. That doesn't look right because the initial conditions aren't satisfied. Can anyone point me in the right direction?

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  3. May 10, 2014 #2
    To get inverse laplace of 1/(2s-1) I would rewrite as (1/2)/(s-1/2) which becomes (1/2)e^(1/2t). It appears you did not include the 1/2 factor for two of you terms.
  4. May 10, 2014 #3


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    Two things jump out
    1)in 8/(2s-1) the 8 should be 332/25
    2)The convolution should involve trigonometric functions not exponents
    This rule is also useful here
    $$\mathcal{L}^{-1} \{ \mathrm{F}(s) \} = t \, \mathcal{L}^{-1} \left\{ \int_s^\infty \! \mathrm{F}(u) \, \mathrm{d}u \right\}$$
  5. May 11, 2014 #4
    Thanks for the help!
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