D^2(D^2+16)y=0

ok so this is y=xC1 + C2sin 4x + C3cos 4x

is this right?

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- March 26th 2011, 10:46 PMslapmaxwell1write the general solution to the differential equation
D^2(D^2+16)y=0

ok so this is y=xC1 + C2sin 4x + C3cos 4x

is this right? - March 26th 2011, 10:53 PMProve It
I assume this is supposed to mean

.

If you make the substitution , then this DE becomes

,

a second order linear constant coefficient homogeneous ordinary differential equation.

I'm sure you can solve for , and use this to solve for . - March 26th 2011, 11:06 PMslapmaxwell1
here is a problem i did earlier and got the answer right maybe this example can show what im trying to do...

http://latex.codecogs.com/gif.latex?...x}+C_{3}e^{6x} - March 26th 2011, 11:07 PMslapmaxwell1
sorry here is the correction..

http://latex.codecogs.com/gif.latex?...x}+C_{3}e^{6x} - March 27th 2011, 04:39 AMHallsofIvy
Yes, that is correct. The characteristic equation can be written D(D+2)(D- 6)= 0 wo D= 0, -2, and 6 are characteristic roots.

For your first problem, that's a fourth order equation and must have 4 indpendent solutions. The characteristic equation was which has D= 0 as a double root and D= 4i and D= -4i as the other roots. Because of the double root, you need both and . The general solution to the equation is .