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    sarahlow
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    power series method and frobenius method

    I've got a differential equation : (x^2)y'' +(1+3x)y' +y=0 and have used frobenius method to turn it into a power series. that bit was fine, have

    y=((n-1)(n-2)+3(n-1)+1)An-1 + nAn =0

    problem is the question then says to find two linearly independent solutions, but i can only make it work to get one solution. because i have An and An-1 there is only 1 between them and for two solutions would been it to be something like An and An-2. Any suggestions??

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    The relation u have found for the A_n concerns only one of the two solutions. There is a specific formula for the other solution, if you are lucky it will be of the form x^r\sum b_nx^n, for suitable r. If not, there will be a logarithm involved (and that will require a lot of calculations).
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