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**macduff** I am having a bit of trouble with heavy side functions. One of the questions from a past exam paper I am looking at asks:

Use Laplace transforms to solve the initial value problem

$\displaystyle y"+4y=H(t-1)$

subject to initial conditions

$\displaystyle y(0)=-1, y'(0)=-1$

Here H is the Heaviside (unit step function). I am totally confused on how to go about this. If anyone could please show me step by step I would greatly appreciate it because my lecturers notes on this particular question don't really explain much. :)