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    Family of Solutions

    Given y = c_1 + c_2*t^2 is a two-parameter family of solutions of ty’’ – y’ = 0 on the interval (-inf, inf), show that c_1 and c_2 (both constants) cannot be found so that a member of the family satisfies the following initialy conditions y(0) = 0, y'(0) = 1.

    Why doesn't this violate the Existence of a Unique Solution theorem (Let a_n(t), a_(n-1)(T), ..., a_(1)(t), a_(0)(t) and g(t) be continuous on an interval I and let a_n(t) not equal 0 for every t in this interval. If t = t_0 is any point in the interval, then a sol'n of the IVP (non-homogeneous eq.) exists on the interval and is unique.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ideasman View Post
    Given y = c_1 + c_2*t^2 is a two-parameter family of solutions of ty’’ – y’ = 0 on the interval (-inf, inf), show that c_1 and c_2 (both constants) cannot be found so that a member of the family satisfies the following initialy conditions y(0) = 0, y'(0) = 1.

    Why doesn't this violate the Existence of a Unique Solution theorem (Let a_n(t), a_(n-1)(T), ..., a_(1)(t), a_(0)(t) and g(t) be continuous on an interval I and let a_n(t) not equal 0 for every t in this interval. If t = t_0 is any point in the interval, then a sol'n of the IVP (non-homogeneous eq.) exists on the interval and is unique.
    Because this (fundamental) theorem only works when,
    y''+f(t)y'+g(t)y=0
    This is the form we need.
    Divide by t and we get f(t) = \frac{1}{t} which is not continous on any open interval containg the origin!
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