# Thread: Second order DE help

1. ## Second order DE help

Hi,

I have the following

$y'' + 2y' +3y = 0$

So the auxilary equation would look like $r^2 +2r +3 = 0$

The solution to this equation is on the form $\frac{-2}{2}\pm \sqrt{\frac{4-12}{2}}$

which evaluates to $-1 \pm \sqrt{\frac{-8}{2}} \rightarrow \sqrt{-4}$

$= -1\pm2i$

Which gives $Ae^{-t}cos(2t) + Be^{-t}sin(2t)$

but apparently thats incorrect, the answer should be $-1\pm\sqrt{2i}$

whats wrong?

Edit: Darn i just remebered there's a forum for DE's. I can't delete my post
Forgive me

2. Originally Posted by Jones
Hi,

I have the following

$y'' + 2y' +3y = 0$

So the auxilary equation would look like $r^2 +2r +3 = 0$

The solution to this equation is on the form $\frac{-2}{2}\pm \sqrt{\frac{4-12}{2}}$ (1)

which evaluates to $-1 \pm \sqrt{\frac{-8}{2}} \rightarrow \sqrt{-4}$

$= -1\pm2i$

Which gives $Ae^{-t}cos(2t) + Be^{-t}sin(2t)$

but apparently thats incorrect, the answer should be $-1\pm\sqrt{2i}$

whats wrong?

Edit: Damn i just remebered there's a forum for DE's. I can't delete my post
Forgive me
Look at step (1) in blue. Not sure why the 2 is in the square root.

3. $r=\frac{-2\pm\sqrt{4-12}}{2}=\frac{-2\pm2\sqrt{2}i}{2}=-1\pm \sqrt{2}i$

$y(t)=Ae^{-t}\cos\left(\sqrt{2}t\right)+Be^{-t}\sin\left(\sqrt{2}t\right)$

4. Dear Jones,

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