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    Right. But you're just going to use the y=\frac{\sin x + \cos x}{2} + Ce^{-x} part of y.

    I don't get C=6-2e^{-\pi/2}. Can you post your work?
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    sorry i was wrong. at x=\pi/2, we have y=3-e^{-\pi/2}. so putting this values, we get (3-e^{-\pi/2})e^{\pi/2} = \frac{e^{\pi/2}}{2}(\sin {\pi/2} + \cos {\pi/2}) + C ie,  C = e^{\pi/2}(3-e^{-\pi/2} -1/2)
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    That's correct, though you can simplify. So, you can now write down your final answer. What do you get?
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    i get  y=3-e^{-x}, 0<x<\pi/2
    =\frac{\sin x + \cos x}{2} e^{\pi/2}(\frac{5}{2}-e^{-\pi/2}), x>\pi/2
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    I think you're missing a plus sign, as well as an exponential in there.
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    this will be the second part \frac{\sin x + \cos x}{2} +e^{-x} e^{\pi/2}(\frac{5}{2}-e^{-\pi/2}), x>\pi/2
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    There you go. I'd say you're done now, except for maybe even a tad bit more simplification on your second part there (multiply the e^{\pi/2} through the parentheses to simplify a bit more).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ackbeet View Post
    Reply to chisigma:

    I'm not following you. What do you mean by "queue" and "head"? I would agree that the LT is a very convenient method of solution for this problem (non-homogeneous IVP's, especially with respect to piece-wise defined functions). However, as Sambit appears not to be familiar with DE's in general, I think the problem is more basic than that.

    I would argue that the way I've set the problem up, you will theoretically get a continuous solution on the desired interval. I mean, the initial condition for the region x >= 3 is as I've given, correct?
    The DE is...

    y^{'} + y = g(t) , y(0)=2 (1)

    ... and now, in order to clarify what I ment in my post, let's suppose that is...

    g(t)=\left\{\begin{array}{ll}3 ,\,\,0 < t < \frac{\pi}{2}\\{}\\0 ,\,\, x>\frac{\pi}{2}\end{array}\right. (2)

    ... or , which is the same, ...

    g(t)= 3\ \{\mathcal {H} (t) - \mathcal {H} (t-\frac{\pi}{2})\} (3)

    ... where \mathcal{H} (*) is the so called 'Heavyside Step Function'. The (2)-(3) is what I called 'head' of g(t). Now if we write (1) in term of Laplace Transform we have...

    \displaystyle s\ Y(s) - 2 + Y(s)= 3\ \frac{1-e^{-s \frac{\pi}{2}}}{s} (4)

    ... and from (4)...

    \displaystyle Y(s) = \frac{2}{s+1} + 3\ \frac{1-e^{-s \frac{\pi}{2}}}{s\ (s+1)} = - \frac{1-3\ e^{-s \frac{\pi}{2}}}{s+1} + 3\ \frac{1-e^{-s \frac{\pi}{2}}}{s} (5)

    Now we can derive y(t) performing the inverse LT of (5)...

    \displaystyle y(t) = \mathcal{L}^{-1} \{Y(s)\} = (3-e^{-t})\ \mathcal{H} (t) -3\ (1- e^{-(t-\frac{\pi}{2})})\ \mathcal {H} (t-\frac{\pi}{2}) (6)

    ... and it is evident in (6) that the 'queue' of the y(t) when we take into account the only 'head' of g(t) doesn't vanish after t= \frac{\pi}{2}. The initial problem is of course more complex because we have to consider also the 'queue' of g(t) that is...

    \displaystyle g_{q} (t) =  \cos t\ \mathcal{H} (t-\frac{\pi}{2}) (7)

    Kind regards

    \chi \sigma
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    Reply to chisigma,

    I still don't understand the term 'queue'. It seems that by 'head' you mean 'the rule of association' corresponding to a function.

    The function

    \displaystyle y(t)=\begin{cases}<br />
3-e^{-t},\quad 0<t<\pi/2\\<br />
\frac{\sin(t) + \cos(t)}{2} +e^{-t} (\frac{5}{2}\,e^{\pi/2}-1),\quad\pi/2\le t<br />
\end{cases}

    satisfies the DE and all initial conditions, and is also continuous. Therefore, it solves the IVP in the OP. Am I missing something here?
    Last edited by Ackbeet; November 1st 2010 at 10:52 AM. Reason: Change x to t.
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