Hermite's Equation is an equation of the type:
Construct series solutions (about the origin) for n=1 and n=2.
I tried to solve this generally so I could just plug in n later for any other n's that I may need, but somewhere I may have messed up because my coefficients ended up all being zero for the n=1 series... So, all I need is someone to see if I messed up...
I started off by noting that the equation was in general form and that p(x) and q(x) are both analytical everywhere so x = 0 is a valid point for a convergent series solution.
Next (and this part is where I had my doubts because it is an ordinary point, not a singular one), I took the limits of xp(x) and and got zero for both. This lead to the roots:
Now, I prepared a generalized solution:
Plugging this into the DE yields:
When the x in the second term is distributed, the second and third sum can be added together:
Next I multiplied through by to eliminate negative indices:
Then I shifted the indices, the first sum gets the replacement k=i the second one gets k=i+2:
Then I took out the first two terms of the first sum:
Then I combined the two sums:
Then I set the coefficients equal to 0 and used r = 1:
-> is arbitrary.
Now, when n=1, every coefficient is zero except so the solution for n=1 is:
When n=2, All of the odd numbered coefficients are zero so that the odd number powers remain, and I get:
Thanks in advance for any help.