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    I've got a few questions about some holiday homework I've got...

    1. Show that x=Acos(wt+Φ), y=Bsin(wt+Φ) is a solution to the system of differential equations: dy/dx=-y, dy/dx=4x, when w=2 (w>0) DONE
    a) Thus show that A=1, B=2 and Φ=Pi/2 if x(o)=0 and y(0)=2 DONE
    b) Hence, find the Cartesian equation of the ellipse satisfying the system
    c) Draw a sketch of the ellipse

    The equation of an ellipse is AP+BP=constant, but where do I get those values from? The A and B that I found earlier?

    2. It is thought that the rate at which a rumour spreads in an office is jointly proportional to the number y, of people who have heard the rumour after t minutes, and the number N-y of those who have yet to hear it.
    a) Explain why the differential equation dy/dx=ky(N-y) best describes this relationship- I don't know how to explain that...

    3. Ley y= r cisΦ be any complex number written in polar form.
    a) Show that y is a solution of the differential equation dy/dΦ=iy
    I didn't know what that meant. However, I did get part b which was 'solve the differential equation....'

    4. Suppose the system of differential equations x'(t)=-y, y'(t)=2x has a solution of the form x(t)=acos(wt+Φ) and y(t)=Bsin(wt+Φ). DONE
    a) Show that;
    (1) w^2=2 DONE
    (2) b^2=2a^2 DONE
    (3) 2x^2 +y^2= b^2 Wasn't quitw sure how to do this one...

    5. Verify that x(t)=2cost-3sint and y(t)=2sint +3cost is a solution for the system of differential equations x'=-y and y'=x
    Show this solution describes a circle , centre (0,0) and radius root 13.

    I got down to y(t)=Acost+Bsint and x(t)=Acost+Bsint. In the question the cos and sin have coefficients, yet we're not given initial conditions...So is that all I have to show? Also, how would you how that the solution describes a circle?

    6. Verify that y^2= (1/4)x^2 -1 is a solution of the differential equation xy(dy/dx)=1+y^2
    I have no idea what do do with this one...


    Use the fact that (coswt)^2 + (sinwt)^2 = 1
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    (Original post by e-unit)
    Use the fact that (coswt)^2 + (sinwt)^2 = 1
    Ok...hmm...what do I do then?

    (Original post by galadriel100)
    Ok...hmm...what do I do then?
    I imagine that suggestion was for question 1) b.
    Think of it as: cos²(wt+Φ) + sin²(wt+Φ) = 1 (look at your original parametric eqns)

    2) Suppose you have company with N people, and after t mins, y people in the company have heard of the rumour. Then the rate at which the rumour is spreading can be given/described by y/t people per minute. However, since the rate is constantly changing then you would use the differential coefficient, dy/dx, to more accurately describe the rate of change .
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