# Homework Help: ODE Theory Question

1. Feb 7, 2013

### smerhej

1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

We have y'' + 4y' + 4y = 0 ; find the general solution.

2. Relevant equations

Reduction of Order.

3. The attempt at a solution

So when determining the roots of the characteristic equation, -2 was a double root, and therefore we can't simply have c1e-2t + c2e-2t. So I thought I would use reduction of order to get a second equation. However in the solution, they just left it c1e-2t + c2e-2t and I'm wondering if what I was taught to do in the case of non distinct roots was wrong, or if the solution is wrong.

Last edited: Feb 7, 2013
2. Feb 7, 2013

### SteamKing

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The solution appears to be wrong.

y = c1*exp(-2t) + c2 * t * exp(-2t)

3. Feb 7, 2013

### HallsofIvy

Please show exactly what you did in your attempted reduction of order. When I try a solution of the form $y= u(t)e^{-2t}$, I get $u(t)= A+ Bt$ giving $y= Ae^{-2t}+ Bte^{-2t}$ as general solution.