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    Matrices and differential equations

    I'm a little stuck on this question, i need to work out the matrix A given the conditions, i have a picture of it here:

    http://dl.dropbox.com/u/48169762/Capture.PNG

    How do i know what dimensions A would be or how to correctly deduce it? it could be 3x3, 2x3, 1x3??

    Thanks for any help
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    Re: Matrices and differential equations

    Denoting x_1=x,\;x_2=x',\;x_3=x'' we have:

    \begin{Bmatrix}x'_1=x_2\\x'_2=x_3\\x'_3=x'''=-x_1-tx_2-(\sin t)\;x_3\end{matrix}

    So we can write:

    \begin{bmatrix}{x'_1}\\{x'_2}\\{x'_3}\end{bmatrix}  = \begin{bmatrix}{0}&{1}&{0}\\{0}&{0}&{1}\\{-1}&{-t}&{-\sin t}\end{bmatrix} \begin{bmatrix}{x_1}\\{x_2}\\{x_3}\end{bmatrix}
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