# Homework Help: Second Order Differential Nonhomogeneous Equation

1. Dec 9, 2011

1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
Use the method of undetermined coefficients to find one solution of
Note that the method finds a specific solution, not the general one.

2. Relevant equations
Y = Yc + Yp
Yc = C1e^(r1t)+C2e^(rt) when roots are not the same.

3. The attempt at a solution
For the homogeneous part I used the quadratic equation to get the roots -1 and -4.
Y = Yc + Yp
Yc = C1e^-t +C2e^-4t

I tried Yp = (At^2+Bt+C)*De^(4t) but it doesn't seem correct after solving a bunch of derivatives and plugging it back into y'' + 3y' -4y and solving for constants.

How to determine the Y-particular for this problem?

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2. Dec 9, 2011

### sagardip

Hii. Method of undetermined coefficients is sometimes lengthy but it sure does give the correct particular integral. As u hav already written the rough Yp,what u hav to do now is just replace it for y in the original equation and compare the coefficients of (e^4t)t^2,(e^4t)t and e^4t on both sides of the equation and u will get the expression for Yp. There are however other useful and short methods for finding Yp. One is the D Operator method and the other is the variation of parameters method. These are too long for me to describe elaborately here,but u must check these out in the net or any other reference books.Any standard engineering mathematics book would contain these topics.Personally I recommend using the D Operator method as it is very useful when exploited efficiently.

3. Dec 9, 2011

### sagardip

And welcome to Physics Forums......

4. Dec 9, 2011

### Dick

Can you show what you did and where it went wrong? The numbers aren't pretty but it certainly seems to be working fine for me. You don't need the D parameter. Set it equal to 1. Then I'll get you started. A=(-1/24).

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5. Dec 9, 2011

### sagardip

And one more thing, the roots of your auxiliary equation are 1 and -4 respectively.

6. Dec 9, 2011

### Dick

That would be true. Nice catch. But you don't need them to find the particular solution.