I am trying to solve this differential equation and I can't get started and was wondering if I could get some help with a kick start:

Any help would be greatly appreciated!

MT

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- Feb 2nd 2011, 02:12 PMEmptyfirst order non-linear differential equation
I am trying to solve this differential equation and I can't get started and was wondering if I could get some help with a kick start:

Any help would be greatly appreciated!

MT - Feb 2nd 2011, 02:23 PMAckbeet
I know it sounds crazy, but couldn't you use the quadratic formula here to solve for y'? That is, you have

so

Does that work? - Feb 2nd 2011, 02:23 PMTheEmptySet
- Feb 2nd 2011, 02:50 PMAckbeet
Reply to TheEmptySet:

Ah, your method is more elegant, because you don't get those annoying magnitude signs as follows:

- Feb 2nd 2011, 03:02 PMEmpty
Thank you all for your help... I should have known to use the quadratic equation!! Thanks TheEmptySet for that alternative approach!