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Homework Help: Solving the equation for y

  1. Jan 16, 2014 #1
    I have been trying to solve the following equation for the variable y:
    Where K and P are constants, I tried an online solver which gave me the following result:

    I attempted to solve for this by adding the -1/2(n^2 t^2 y) to both sides and then dividing the -1/2(n^2 t^2) from both sides which left me with a big mess on the right, were the steps followed so far correct? Where would I go from here to solve for y?

    Also, it has been suggested to me that this may require the use of the quadratic formula, is this correct?

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  3. Jan 16, 2014 #2


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    Just move the -1/2(n^2 t^2 y) to the left side and factor out the y and from there it should be obvious...
  4. Jan 16, 2014 #3
    Thanks for the reply. I have tried this:
    When I divide both sides by the coefficient I get a large formula on the right hand side which does not match the final result shown by the solver, I had also been told that the quadratic formula is required to solve this, could you please show me what I must do next?
  5. Jan 16, 2014 #4

    Ray Vickson

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    You have a simple equation of the form ##y = A - By##, where
    [tex] A = \frac{kt}{p}-\frac{k \sin(pt)}{p^2} \text{ and } B = \frac{n^2 t^2}{2}[/tex]
    Solving for y ought to be simple for you, without recourse to an on-line solver. Anyway, the solution given to you by the on-line solver is wrong. Are you sure you submitted the right equation?
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