MATH215 December 2011
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Question 03 (c)
For the following ODE
(c) Determine the and sketch roughly the graph of the solutions for each of the following initial conditions:
- y(0) = 1.5,
- y(0) = -3, and
- y(0) = 4.
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From (a) we know that the fixed points are given by .
In part (b) we calculated that y is increases in and decreases in (-1,1).
This means, that starting at , the solution increases towards the critical point . Hence .
Starting at , the solution increases towards the critical point . Hence .
Starting at , the solution increases. Since there is no larger critical point, the solution increases indefinitely. Hence .