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Solving ODEs by Elimination

  1. Apr 27, 2013 #1
    Dear Fellows, I want to solve 4 differential homogeneous equations for non trivial solution. I have found two methods
    1) Determinent. 2) Elimination
    By det. I got 8th order resultant equation and by second method I got 10th order. As each of initial equation is 2nd order so 8th is correct. But what goes wrong in Elimination I could not understand.

    determinant gives 5th order equation
    while if we eliminate by taking value of z from eq i and put in ii and iii, and we will get iv , v. which finally gives 4th order equation.

    I doubt in taking the value of z from first equation, is this thing allowed or not? if no then why?
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