Science:Math Exam Resources/Courses/MATH103/April 2012/Question 04 (b)
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Question 04 (b) 

Consider the differential equation where is a positive constant, t ≥ 0, k > 0, but y may be positive or negative. Suppose y(0) = y_{0}. Find the general solution to the differential equation above. 
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Hint 

To solve this differential equation, use separation of variables: Move all the y's to the left hand side of the equation, move all the t's to the right hand side of the equation, and integrate the left hand side in y and the right hand side in t. 
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Solution 

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Please rate my easiness! It's quick and helps everyone guide their studies. Separating variables and integrating as an indefinite integral, We make a simple substitution in the y integral u= y^{2}k^{2}, du = 2y dy to find with C_{2}=2C_{1} is the constant of integration. Evaluating this at t=0, we find , hence To choose branches we need more specific initial conditions. 