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Quick question about method of Frobenius

  1. Jan 12, 2016 #1
    So, when you use the Frobenius method on a differential equation, you assume a solution Σa_k*x^(k+s). Sometimes you get more than one solution for s in the indicial equation. Is the sum of these two solutions you get from evaluating the rest of the problem with each s solution the approximation at what ever point you were investigating on the ODE or are they two separate things not to be added together?
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  3. Jan 13, 2016 #2


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    If it's linear (which it must be to apply this method?) then necessarily a linear sum of solutions is also a solution.
  4. Jan 14, 2016 #3
    There are three cases when using the method of Frobenius:

    R1>R2 and the difference is an integer

    R1>R2 and the difference is not an integer

    R1=R2 (repeated roots).

    Note R1 and R2 denotes roots.
    Tell me what happens in these 3 cases.

    From here I can see what you know and don't know.
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