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    Linear Differential Equation:

    Solve this Differential Equation:

    x\frac{d^2y}{dx^2}+(2-x)\frac{dy}{dx}-y=2cosx

    Thanks in advance..
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    First solve the homogeneous equation:

    xy''+(2-x)y'-y=0

    by power series. Try and obtain the expression \sum_{n=0}^{\infty} a_n\left(n(n-1)+2n\right) x^{n-1}-\sum_{n=1}^{\infty} n a_{n-1} x^{n-1} which reduces to a_0\left(\frac{e^x}{x}-\frac{1}{x}\right). Suppose y_1 is a solution of the homogeneous equation. Then can you use reduction of order by letting y=v y_1 to obtain the solution of the non-homogeneous equation?

    If I use y=\frac{1}{x}v and go through the steps, I get:

    v''-v'=2\cos(x)

    Try and get to that part, then let w=v', integrate twice to obtain v. Do the same with \frac{e^x}{x}.
    Last edited by shawsend; November 10th 2009 at 02:21 PM.
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