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    Laplace transform stuff

    the problem is: 4y'' + 4y' + 17y = g(t); y(0)=0 , y'(0)=0

    I get Y(s)=G(s)/(4s^2 + 4s + 17) ... not sure how break up the bottom... i tried doing something like (2s+1)^2 + 4^2 ... but then i dont know how to account for the 2 in front of the "s" to make it similar to the form b/((s-a)^2 + b^2) ... any thoughts?
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    Quote Originally Posted by diff'eq_austin
    the problem is: 4y'' + 4y' + 17y = g(t); y(0)=0 , y'(0)=0

    I get Y(s)=G(s)/(4s^2 + 4s + 17) ... not sure how break up the bottom... i tried doing something like (2s+1)^2 + 4^2 ... but then i dont know how to account for the 2 in front of the "s" to make it similar to the form b/((s-a)^2 + b^2) ... any thoughts?
    I would factor the 4 out of the denominator first. Then you have to work with 1/(s^2+s+17/4). Now do a partial fraction decomposition. Set 1/(s^2+s+17/4) = 1/(s+a) + 1/(s+b). Once you do that, you should be able to do the inverse transform.

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