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Question 04 (c) 

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}. Suppose y_{0} = 3k. Write the solution to the differential equation above in the form What happens as ? 
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Hint 

Plug in into the solution to Problem 4b. Remember that the square root must be positive, and that k (and therefore ) is also positive, and use this to pick the appropriate signs in the expression. Then take the limit as . 
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Please rate my easiness! It's quick and helps everyone guide their studies. Substituting y_{0}^{2}=(3k)^{2}, we find When t=0, the argument to the square root is , which must be positive. This indicates that we need to take the positive branch inside the square root: and because y(0) > 0, we need to take the positive branch outside the square root, giving the final answer where the last line holds as k is positive. As we have that 