Your complementary solution is fine.
Now for the particular solution:
Since this is equal to that means
Solving simultaneously gives
So finally, the general solution is
I found the general solution of the homogenous equation
Now, I have tried all of the following as particular solutions and all have come up 'no solution'
All of them come up with conflicting values (A will equal 0 in one spot and need to be a value in another).
Can anyone tell what I am doing wrong?
Using the method of undetermined coefficients was presented to me in a guess & check manner. Is there a better way? This is too tedious and the longer it takes to find a solution, the more my confidence in my work subsides.
thank you for your help!
The undetermined coefficients methods is exactly that - guess and check.
If you have a polynomial, you would expect your particular solution to have a polynomial of the same degree. Of course, that means you need coefficients for each power and a constant.
If you have a sinusoidal function, you would expect your particular solution to be a sum of a sine and cosine function (with the same multiple angle).
If you have an exponential function, you would expect your particular solution to have an exponential function of the same power.
If you have any sum of the above types of functions, your particular solution will have a sum of these types of functions.
If you have a function that already appears in your complementary solution, you will need to make a guess of that function multiplied by the independent variable.
I suggest you have a read of http://www.mathhelpforum.com/math-he...-tutorial.html
as it explains these in more detail, and also gives other methods of solving second order DEs (Annihilator Method and Variation of Parameters).