# Specific solution of diff eq, no initial value

## Homework Statement

Consider the differential equation

Find a general solution to this differential equation that has the form

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y = Cx3

Find a second solution
that might not be a general solution and which may have a different value of n than your first solution.

## The Attempt at a Solution

I solved the first part of the problem
y = Cx3

But am at a complete loss for how to find a second explicit solution without being given an initial value.

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LCKurtz
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I'm guessing ##y=0## isn't what is being wanted here although it is a solution.

Question: Is ##y = |x|^3## a solution?

HallsofIvy
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Why would you guess that? $$y= 0x^n$$ is a solution for any n.

LCKurtz
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I'm guessing ##y=0## isn't what is being wanted here although it is a solution.

Question: Is ##y = |x|^3## a solution?
Why would you guess that? $$y= 0x^n$$ is a solution for any n.
Are you addressing me? Yes, I know it is a solution for any n, as I said. But, given the poor wording of the question, I thought they might be looking for the more interesting ##y = |x|^3##.

I've tried y=0 and y=e^c(x^3), I'll see if it accepts y=0x^n but I think they're looking for a specific n

edit: 0x^n was it! Thanks!