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Solving First Order Differential Equation using substitution

  1. Sep 26, 2009 #1

    Here is the equation:


    Our teacher gave us a hint that we should try using a substitution which is a system of sines, cosines, and looks something similar to 5.1sin(600*t)*u(t).

    I tried substituting:

    x(t)= A sin (w1*t)+B cos (w2*t)+ c cos(w3*t)*u(t)

    By differentiated this I get:

    x'(t)=A*w(1)*cos(w1*t)-B*w2*sin(w2*t)-c*w3*sin(w3*t)*u(t)+c cos(w3*t)*u'(t)

    Putting everything together I have:

    A sin (w1*t)+B cos (w2*t)+ c cos(w3*t)*u(t)+A*w(1)*cos(w1*t)-B*w2*sin(w2*t)-c*w3*sin(w3*t)*u(t)+c cos(w3*t)*u'(t) =5.1sin(600*t)*u(t)

    Then I get 5 equations:

    1) A sin (w1*t)-B*w2*sin(w2*t)=0
    2) B cos (w2*t)+A*w(1)*cos(w1*t)=0
    3)c cos(w3*t)*u(t)=0

    By solving 5, I get w3=600 and c=-.0085. As there are less equations than unknowns, how do I find A, B, wi, and w2.

    Also, the initial condition is x(0)=0.

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  3. Oct 2, 2009 #2
    An easy way to solve this problem is to multiply by e^t both sides, and rewriting the left then as d/dt(xe^t).
  4. Oct 3, 2009 #3
    i don't understand why you use w1,w2 and w3. clearly there is only one possible frequency for the solution so w1=w2=w3=600.
  5. Oct 3, 2009 #4

    I think we need to be clear first about the function u(t) here. What it is. It is any function or it is a specific function such as the unit step function.
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