# Give general solution to differential equation

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#1
I'm asked to give the general solution to this differential equation:

With all the other previous equation where it was just a first order derivative (i.e. dx/dt = 6x), it was jusr a simple matter of getting the x's and t's are separate sides (which I think is what you're supposed to do, right?), and then integrating both sides, so with dx/dt = 6x:

(1/6x) dx = dt

becomes:

(1/6)lnx + constant = t + constant

which is then simple to re-write and get: x = .......

I tried the same method for the d^2 x / dt^2 = 8x, but it doesn't seem to work. How do you find the general solution?
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6 years ago
#2
Can solve as a homogeneous equation with constant coefficients.
Rewrite in form
Solve auxillary equation for m of form
There should be two solutions. If we call them and .
Then general equation is where and are arbitrary constants.

Good luck.
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#3
(Original post by lazy_fish)
Can solve as a homogeneous equation with constant coefficients.
Rewrite in form a*d2x/dt2 +b*dx/dt +c*x = 0
Solve auxillary equation for m of form a*m^2 +b*m +c = 0
There should be two solutions. If we call them d and f.
Then general equation is x = A*e^(d*t) +B*e^(f*t) where A and B are arbitrary constants.

Good luck.
Need to learn to use Latex...
a few questions,

- how can you just assume its a homogeneous equation rather than a non-homogeneous?

- I don't quite understand the part, ''Solve auxillary equation for m of form a*m^2 +b*m +c = 0'', what is an auxillary equation?

- so was my method of having the x's and t's on separate sides and then integrating each side (in the OP), wrong?
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6 years ago
#4
Homogeneous equations are such that all terms contain the dependent variable or derivatives of it. In your case, the dependent variable is . When you are only dealing with second order differentials, they have the form:

where a,b and c are constants.

After placing our differential equation into this form, we can take from it an auxiliary equation. That is an equation that uses the constants a, b and c and puts them into a different quadratic equation of form:

Then we can simply solve for m using whichever method you prefer.

Yeah. I am afraid you cannot use that method to solve second order differential equations. Or at least not directly. They are for solving those of the form:

.

Good luck. Hope this helps.
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#5
(Original post by lazy_fish)
Homogeneous equations are such that all terms contain the dependent variable or derivatives of it. In your case, the dependent variable is x. When you are only dealing with second order differentials, they have the form a*d2x/dt2 +b*dx/dt +c*x = 0 where a,b and c are constants.

After placing our differential equation into the form a*d2x/dt2 +b*dx/dt +c*x = 0, we can take from it an auxiliary equation. That is an equation that uses the constants a, b and c and puts them into a different quadratic equation of form a*m^2 +b*m +c = 0. Then we can simply solve for m using whichever method you prefer.

Yeah. I am afraid you cannot use that method to solve second order differential equations. Or at least not directly. They are for solving those of the form dy/dx = g(x) h(y).

Good luck. Hope this helps.
what if I had a first order or third order differential to begin with?

would the auxiliary equation be a linear for first order, and cubic for third order?
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6 years ago
#6
Pretty much. Although homogeneous equations mean a different thing for first order differential equations.

Good luck.
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6 years ago
#7
When dealing with second order differential equations you cannot just multiply by dx or dt, as you would for first order ones. Have you been shown how to solve second order equations yet? If so, then start there.
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6 years ago
#8
(Original post by fuzzybear)

I tried the same method for the d^2 x / dt^2 = 8x, but it doesn't seem to work. How do you find the general solution?
If you introduce a new variable then and by thinking of as a composite function then we have:

is then separable and can be solved for and then for
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6 years ago
#9
(Original post by fuzzybear)
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If this is not an A2 Further Maths question then you probably have not shared the whole thing with us. I think Atsruser has probably hit on the expected approach.
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#10
(Original post by james22)
When dealing with second order differential equations you cannot just multiply by dx or dt, as you would for first order ones. Have you been shown how to solve second order equations yet? If so, then start there.
yeah, but for the other second order equations I've come across, the right hand side contains the bottom variable of the dx/dt part, for example

d^2 x / dt^2 = t^2 - 2t

with this, I just differentiate the right hand side to get 2t - 2, and then for the left hand side, I reduce it down to a first order differential: dx/dt. And its relatively simple

but when I'm given a second order equation in which the right hand side contains the top variable of the the dx/dt part, like in the question of this thread, I'm stuck
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#11
(Original post by atsruser)
If you introduce a new variable then and by thinking of as a composite function then we have:

is then separable and can be solved for and then for

separating the u's and x's on different sides, and then integrating, I get:

(u^2 / 2) + constant = (8x^2 / 2) + constant

what next?
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#12
(Original post by Mr M)
If this is not an A2 Further Maths question then you probably have not shared the whole thing with us. I think Atsruser has probably hit on the expected approach.

Its in one of the non-official A level textbooks, the whole question is pretty much as I've put on the OP. It also asks to state how many arbitrary constants you expect to find in the general solution and whether the number is expected from the given differential equation (because you usually have one arbitrary constant for a first order diff equation, two arbitary constants for second order diff, and so on...). But this is not what I'm having trouble with so I didn't include it in the OP.
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6 years ago
#13
If you go down this route:

Seems unlikely.
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6 years ago
#14
(Original post by fuzzybear)
Its in one of the non-official A level textbooks, the whole question is pretty much as I've put on the OP. It also asks to state how many arbitrary constants you expect to find in the general solution and whether the number is expected from the given differential equation (because you usually have one arbitrary constant for a first order diff equation, two arbitary constants for second order diff, and so on...). But this is not what I'm having trouble with so I didn't include it in the OP.
As I said before this can only be solved using techniques from beyond Core 4. If you want us to make absolutely sure that you don't need to know this you need to confirm the examinations you are studying for and provide the complete question without amendments, omissions or alterations (scanning the page of the textbook would help).
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6 years ago
#15
(Original post by lazy_fish)
If you go down this route:

Seems unlikely.
I'm not sure what you mean by "seems unlikely". Unlikely that the OP would have to perform the second integral? If so, possibly, but that's the correct result regardless.

The next step is:

which I think is about all we can say without knowing more about the initial conditions. This type of integral only comes up in the FP syllabus, though.

It's just occurred to me though that the question may make more sense if it was meant to be which has sin/cos solutions. (It's the equation for SHM).
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6 years ago
#16
can somone tell me if this is core 4?

im ****ting myself if ive gotta know this for next months a2s
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6 years ago
#17
Depending on what board (I can't say for sure for all), no. This is done in FP3.
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6 years ago
#18
(Original post by atsruser)
I'm not sure what you mean by "seems unlikely".
Yes. Didn't think it would be expected of an A-level student but then again I'm not familiar with the FP modules
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6 years ago
#19
(Original post by lazy_fish)
Yes. Didn't think it would be expected of an A-level student but then again I'm not familiar with the FP modules
That sort of integral is certainly done in some FP modules on some exam boards.
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6 years ago
#20
(Original post by srikanthsrnvs123)
can somone tell me if this is core 4?

im ****ting myself if ive gotta know this for next months a2s
No. It is A2 further maths.
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