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Singular points

  1. Dec 17, 2006 #1
    when finding a power series solution we have to put the differential equation

    ay''+by'+c=0

    into the form

    y''+By+C=0

    this leads to singular points when a=0 but why can't we leave the equation in its original form and use power series substitution to avoid singular points?

    or in other words why do we care about the second form?
     
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  3. Dec 17, 2006 #2

    Hurkyl

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    Experiment. :smile: Try it out and see. Take a simple example,

    x y'' - 1 = 0

    for example, and see what happens.
     
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