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Partial Differential Equation? What is this?

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The professor passed this out today for homework and I have no idea how to even get started. If someone could tell me what type of problem this is I could look it up in the textbook but I can't find anything similar. I couldn't figure out how to insert all of the symbols so I attached the problem as a .gif
 

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HallsofIvy
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What exactly is your problem? The paper leads you step by step through the solution. It says

"Seeking a solution of the form u= f(x) cos([itex]\omega[/itex]t)+ g(x) sin([itex]\omega[/itex]t), show that ...."

Okay, put that into the differential equation and see what must be true of f and g in order to satisfy the equation.
 
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I have been trying to figure out this problem for a week now and I am still drawing a blank on how to "put that into the differential equation." How exactly can I get started on this?
 
HallsofIvy
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Do you know how to "substitute" into an equation? The problem is askng you to substitute u= f(x) cos(t)+ g(x) sin(t) into the equation and tell what must be true of f and g in order to satisfy the equation.
 
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I'm not sure I understand exactly what you are talking about. What am I substituting u= f(x) cos(t)+ g(x) sin(t) into? The du/dt=D*(d2u/dx2) equation?
 
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Yes! That's the only equation you are given at that point!
 

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