MATH102 December 2013
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Question A 08
Given the differential equation and initial condition
where is a constant, which of the following is true?
(e) None of the above.
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To find the limit of the solution of a differential equation, start by calculating the steady states (when the derivative is zero). Solutions cannot cross steady states. Also check whether the solution is increasing or decreasing from the initial point.
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To start with, we calculate the steady states, i.e.:
Thus the steady states are .
The initial condition is , which is above . Since , the solution is increasing away from the steady state to infinity:
In other words, , which is answer .
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