Science:Math Exam Resources/Courses/MATH152/April 2017/Question B 04 (c)
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Question B 04 (c) 

A model of love affairs is described by the following system of differential equations where and are, respectively, Romeo’s and Juliet’s amount of love for each other at time . (c) Express the general solution to the system in either real or complex form. 
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Hint 

The general solution to the system of linear first order differential equations of the form can be written as:
for eigenvectors and eigenvalues of the matrix , with arbitrary constants . 
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Solution 

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Please rate my easiness! It's quick and helps everyone guide their studies. Since the eigenvectors are linearly independent, we know that the general solution can be written as:
for eigenvectors and eigenvalues of the matrix , with arbitrary constants . From part b), we know the eigenvalues and eigenvectors for . So substituting in, we get that the general solution is: Answer: 
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