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Solve this system of linear ODEs?

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Homework Statement



Solve this system of linear ODEs:

1) x''(t) = x + y
2) y''(t) = x + y


Just fyi, this is part of a much larger problem but I need to solve this system!

Homework Equations



See above.

The Attempt at a Solution



Okay so I think the most logical way to solve this would be to set x''(t) = y''(t).

Then
x''(t) = y''(t)
x' = y' + c1
x = y + c1t + c2

which implies

3) x'' = 2x - c1t - c2
4) y'' = 2y + c1t + c2

But I am not sure what to do from here. Apparently there should be 4 arbitrary constants in the final answer. But wouldn't solving x'' for x give you 2 and then solving y'' for y give you two more?

Thanks for any help.
 

Answers and Replies

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cronxeh
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Did you find the eigenvalues and eigenvectors? What is the general solution to this linear system of ODEs? Yes you will end up with 4 constants but thats the minor step
 
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You could also write it as a vector equation
[tex]
\vec x''(t) = \left(\begin{array}{cc} 1&1\\1&1\end{array}\right)\vec x(t)
[/tex]
and go on from there.
 

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