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Question 01 (h) 

Multiple Choice Question: Exactly ONE of the answers provided is correct. There is no partial credit in this questions. Consider the differential equation and initial condition After a long time (when no longer changes), the value of is

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Hint 

When no longer changes, what does that imply for ? 
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Solution 

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Please rate my easiness! It's quick and helps everyone guide their studies. Saying that y(t) does not change any more is the same as saying that y(t) is constant. A function is constant if its derivative is equal to 0. So we look for values of that satisfy . This equation only holds for . Hence the the right answer is v. (Note: The answer y=1/2 is not a choice here because of the initial condition y(0)=0. The solution of the differential equation starts at y=0 and then increases to y=1/2. With a different initial condition the other equilibrium y=1/2 would be approached.) 