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Ordinary differential equaiton

  1. Apr 13, 2008 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    dy/dt = -y + cos(pi*t)

    2. Relevant equations

    3. The attempt at a solution

    first, i took the y to the other side and then found an integraing factor to be e^t;
    multiplied the ODE by e^t then integrated both sides wrt t. i have the initial condition
    so my general solution is:
    y = {(pi*sin(pi*t) + (cos(pi*t))/[pi(pi+1)] } + {e^t(4-1/(pi(pi+1)))}

    Is this correct?
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  3. Apr 13, 2008 #2
    I end up getting c = 4e^2 and y = (1/(pi*e^t))sin(pi*t)+4e^(2-t) When you solve for c the sin term should become 0 and you just multiply over the e^2. This is my first post, but I hope it helps.
  4. Apr 13, 2008 #3


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    gey in a habit of checking your solution in the equation
    y = {(pi*sin(pi*t) + (cos(pi*t))/[pi(pi+1)] } + {e^t(4-1/(pi(pi+1)))}
    dy/dt = -y + cos(pi*t)
  5. Apr 13, 2008 #4
    how did you get to that?
    For c, i got (4e^2)-(e^2/pi(pi+1))
  6. Apr 13, 2008 #5
    I got

    y(t) = \frac{(\cos \pi t + \pi \sin \pi t)}{\pi^2+1} + e^{2 - t}\left ( 4 - \frac{1}{\pi^2 + 1}} \right )

    And I checked it with the DE and IC and everything seems to be in order.
  7. Apr 13, 2008 #6
    Oh, I'm sorry. I think David is right. I forgot to multiply the right side by the integrating factor before integrating.
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