# Thread: Differential first order equations

1. ## Differential first order equations

Hello i need help with this differential equations system!
x,u and l are functions of t... so u(t), x(t) and l(t)
tf is free.
Could you find the solutions?

$\displaystyle \frac{dx}{dt}=-x+u$

$\displaystyle \frac{dl}{dt}=l$

$\displaystyle l -2u-2=0$

boundary conditions
x(0)=1
x(tf)=0
l(tf)=2

2. First step is to 'attack' ...

$\displaystyle \frac{dl}{dt} = l$ (1)

... that contains only the 'unknown function' l. Its solution is...

$\displaystyle l(t)=2 c_{1} e^{t}$ (2)

Now from the third equation we obtain...

$\displaystyle u(t) = c_{1} e^{t} - 1$ (3)

... and if we insert (3) in the first equation we obtain...

$\displaystyle \frac{dx}{dt} = -x + c_{1} e^{t} - 1$ (4)

... the solution of which is...

$\displaystyle x(t) = c_{2} e^{-t} + \frac{c_{1}}{2} e^{t} - 1$ (5)

The values of $\displaystyle c_{1}$ and $\displaystyle c_{2}$ are obtained from the 'initial conditions'...

Kind regards

$\displaystyle \chi$ $\displaystyle \sigma$

3. uhm.. there is something that is not clear (sorry...):

1) why did you use
$\displaystyle 2 c_{1}$
ibstead of $\displaystyle c_{1}$ ?? perhaps in order to simplify the calculations after?

2)
$\displaystyle x(t) = c_{2} e^{-t} + c_{1} e^{2 t} - e^{t}$

it's not clear the second and the third term of the result...
why is it not:
$\displaystyle x(t) = c_{2} e^{-t} + c_{1} e^{t} - t$

???

besides, since it is a definite integral between t0 and tf, what's the final result using this considerations?

4. I apologize for some mistakes caused by my hurry ...

The DE ...

$\displaystyle \frac{dx}{dt} = - x + c_{1} e^{t} - 1$ (1)

... has solution...

$\displaystyle x (t) = e^{\int a(t) dt} \cdot \{b(t)\cdot e^{-\int a(t) dt} dt + c_{2}\}$ (2)

... where...

$\displaystyle a(t) = -1$

$\displaystyle b(t) = c_{1} e^{t} - 1$ (3)

Today my 'computation capability' is not excellent... sorry again ...

Kind regards

$\displaystyle \chi$ $\displaystyle \sigma$

5. uhm i don't understand why do you do the multiplication and not the sum of the terms?

$\displaystyle \frac{dx}{dt} = - x + c_{1} e^{t} - 1$

i think that result should be:

$\displaystyle x (t) = e^{-t} + c_{1} e^{-t} - t + c2$

i think that i can consider each term per time and then do the sum of the results... is it right?

6. is there somebody could help me?

7. Originally Posted by magodiafano
uhm i don't understand why do you do the multiplication and not the sum of the terms?

$\displaystyle \frac{dx}{dt} = - x + c_{1} e^{t} - 1$

i think that result should be:

$\displaystyle x (t) = e^{-t} + c_{1} e^{-t} - t + c2$

I think that i can consider each term per time and then do the sum of the results... is it right?
For the DE...

$\displaystyle \frac{dx}{dt} = - x + c_{1} e^{t} -1$ (1)

... it is easy to verify that the solution is...

$\displaystyle x(t) = c_{2} e^{-t} + \frac{c_{1}}{2} e ^{t} -1$ (2)

In fact is...

$\displaystyle \frac{dx}{dt}= - c_{2} e^{-t} + \frac{c_{1}}{2} e^{t}$

$\displaystyle - x + c_{1} e^{t} -1 = -c_{2} e^{-t} + \frac{c_{1}}{2} e^{t}$ (3)

Kind regards

$\displaystyle \chi$ $\displaystyle \sigma$

8. Now it's clear...
but i've another question for you!
I have three boundary conditions.. one about l(t), with whom i can easily find C1... and the other two about x(t)! the problem is if i use the boundary condition for t=0 (so x(0) ), i obtain that the condition on x(1) is not satisfied unless i fix tf (final istant)... is should be right?