Hi,
I came across this integral in my exam the other day. I have spoken to other people and nobody was able to compute it.
The integral with respect to y
I tried by parts, and by substitution, maple and wolfram and I can't seem to do it!
Any ideas?
Hmm I'm on an undergrad maths course and infinite series were not in this module.
The question was:
I calculated the integrating factor to be y^(-1/2)
We're all stumped! We are adamant it couldn't be solved knowing what we were taught, but we want to be sure before we raise the point.
I hope this isn't off topic as it's actually the differential equation now!
Well I was hoping. Still, you can do this with a series approximation (not quite sure how you are going to work in the boundary condition without some advanced knowledge of series). You've surely heard of the MacLaurin series of a function. Find the MacLaurin series of your integrand then integrate term by term. The solution of your differential equation will then be in the form of x = f(y), which I doubt you will find satisfactory. Without using a power series solution method this is as good as you are likely to get.
-Dan
I've heard of the MacLaurin but thats about it! :P
It was a surprise in the middle of the exam, and the lecturer told us that it wasn't a calculus exam so we were not to expect to prove any integrals!
Thanks for your help, it's been bugging me for days!
The equation is linear in x. If you use the substitution
the DE becomes
Putting in standard form yields
The integrating factor is equivalent to what you found. However, by the uniqueness theorem, the answer you get from the integrating factor is unique on either of the intervals
Given the initial condition, you would pick the latter. I think the best you can do with a non-series approach is to reduce to quadratures.
While attempting the first homework set in the first course I ever took in differential equations, I was able to write the solution as an integral but simply was not able to do the integral. Finally, since this was a problem that had the answer in the back of the book, I looked there to discover that the solution was given in the form of an integral! Perhaps that is what is expected here.