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    Auxillary Equation with real and dinstinct root

    Please solve the following equation :-

    2\ddot{x} + 5\dot{x} - 12x = 0

    We have only been taught to solve the equations of y' or y'' sort. I managed to get the numerical value but I couldn't figure out that how did t in e^{(3/2)t} come ? What's the general equation of this type ? And please also solve the equation step by step as I want to know the real way of solving these type of equations.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Altair View Post
    Please solve the following equation :-

    2\ddot{x} + 5\dot{x} - 12x = 0

    We have only been taught to solve the equations of y' or y'' sort. I managed to get the numerical value but I couldn't figure out that how did t in e^{(3/2)t} come ? What's the general equation of this type ? And please also solve the equation step by step as I want to know the real way of solving these type of equations.
    This equation has exactly the same form as the ones you're familiar with!

    \ddot{x} \equiv \frac{d^2 x}{d t^2} and \dot{x} \equiv \frac{dx}{dt}.

    Assume a solution of the form x = A e^{mt}.

    2 m^2 + 5m -12 = 0 \Rightarrow (2m - 3)(m+4) = 0 etc.
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