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Homework Help: Partial-fractions problem

  1. May 29, 2005 #1
    The whole problem reads:
    Find the inverse Laplace transform of

    I think once I get the expression simplified I can do the rest by myself. I started to separate this expression out by partial fractions and got as far as this:
    [tex]\frac{s-2}{s^3+2s^2+2s}=\frac{s-2}{(s^2+2s+2)s}=\frac{As+B}{s^2+2s+2} +\frac{C}{s}[/tex]

    From this expression I got C=-1, which I checked was correct by using my calculator, but I still don't know how to find A, or B. Can anyone help with this please?

    Any ideas or hints on how to do the inverse would be also be appreciated.
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  3. May 29, 2005 #2
    Note that

    [tex]s^2+2s+2 = (s+1)^2+1[/tex]

    Opps major brain laspe. That should be fixed
    Last edited: May 29, 2005
  4. May 29, 2005 #3
    Nope, it equals [itex](s+1)^2 + 1.[/tex]

    edit: tex
  5. May 29, 2005 #4
    Or perhaps that wasn't too helpful. Here is an trick I learned when doing these partial fractions problems.

    Consider what you have

    Multiply out and gather the terms.
    [tex](A+C)s^2 + (2C+B)s + 2C = s-2[/tex]

    Is there a [itex]s^2[/itex] term on the right hand side of the equation? What does this tell you about [itex]A+C[/itex]? What about [itex]2C[/itex], what should that be equal to? And [itex]2C+B[/itex]?
  6. May 29, 2005 #5
    Thanks, Corneo.
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