MATH103 April 2012
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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) = y0.
Find the general solution to the differential equation above.
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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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Separating variables and integrating as an indefinite integral,
We make a simple substitution in the y integral u= y2-k2, du = 2y dy to find
with C2=2C1 is the constant of integration. Evaluating this at t=0, we find , hence
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