Homework Help: Please i need some help in Partial Fractions

1. Nov 13, 2005

ISU20CpreE

Partial Fractions:
A single infected individual enters a comunnity of n susceptible individuals. Let x be the number of newly infected individuals at time t. The common epidemic model assumes that the disease spreads at a rate proportional to the product of the total number infected and the number not yet infected.So
$$\frac {dx} {dt} = k(x+1) (n-x)$$ and you obtain $$\int\frac {1} {(x+1)(n-x)} dx = \int k dt$$ I need to know how to set up the problem and then work from there.

Any suggestions.

Last edited: Nov 13, 2005
2. Nov 13, 2005

Tide

You have already "set up" the problem.

I think you're looking for this:

$$\frac {1}{(x+1)(n-x)} = \frac {1}{n+1} \left( \frac {1}{x+1} + \frac {1}{n-x}\right)$$

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