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    Bernoulli's Equation

    What did I do wrong here?

    \frac{dy}{dx} + \frac{2}{x}y = y^2

    \Rightarrow (-1)y'y^{-2}+(-1)y^{-1}

    \Rightarrow (-1)y^{-2}y'+(-1)y^{-1}=-1

    \Rightarrow y^{-2}y'+y^{-1}=1

    z = y^{-1}
    \frac{dz}{dx} = -y^{-2}\frac{dy}{dex}

    \Rightarrow -\frac{dz}{dx}+z=1

    \Rightarrow \frac{dz}{dx}+(-1)z=-1

    I = e^{\int{-1 dx}} = e^{-x}

    e^{-x}z = \int{-1 dx}

    \Rightarrow e^{-x}z = -x + C

    \Rightarrow z = e^{x}(-x + C)

    \Rightarrow y^{-1} = e^{x}(-x + C)

    \Rightarrow \frac{1}{e^{x}(-x + C)}

    The correct answer given by the professor is:
    \frac{1}{1+Cx}
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    Re: Bernoulli's Equation

    Quote Originally Posted by Mike9182 View Post
    What did I do wrong here?

    \frac{dy}{dx} + \frac{2}{x}y = y^2

    \Rightarrow (-1)y'y^{-2}+(-1)y^{-1}

    \Rightarrow (-1)y^{-2}y'+(-1)y^{-1}=-1

    \Rightarrow y^{-2}y'+y^{-1}=1

    z = y^{-1}
    \frac{dz}{dx} = -y^{-2}\frac{dy}{dex}

    \Rightarrow -\frac{dz}{dx}+z=1

    \Rightarrow \frac{dz}{dx}+(-1)z=-1

    I = e^{\int{-1 dx}} = e^{-x}

    e^{-x}z = \int{-1 dx}

    \Rightarrow e^{-x}z = -x + C

    \Rightarrow z = e^{x}(-x + C)

    \Rightarrow y^{-1} = e^{x}(-x + C)

    \Rightarrow \frac{1}{e^{x}(-x + C)}

    The correct answer given by the professor is:
    \frac{1}{1+Cx}
    The standard approach for solving the DE...

    y^{'} = -\frac{2}{x}\ y + y^{2} (1)

    ... has as first step the division of both terms of (1) by y^{2} obtaining...

    \frac{y^{'}}{y^{2}} = -\frac{2}{x\ y}+1 (2)

    ... and then the substution...

    z= \frac{1}{y} \implies z^{'}= -\frac{y^{'}}{y^{2}} (3)

    ... so that the new DE in z is...

    z^{'}= \frac{2}{x}\ z -1 (4)

    ... which is linear and easy enough to solve...

    ... the minor problem is that (4) seems not the same You obtained that is...

    z^{'}= z-1 (5)

    Kind regards

    \chi \sigma
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    Re: Bernoulli's Equation

    I fixed that step, although I am still having trouble finding the correct answer.

    Original DE:
    \frac{dy}{dx} + \frac{2}{x}y = y^2

    \Rightarrow (1) \frac{1}{y^2}\frac{dy}{dx} + \frac{2}{xy^2}y = 1

    \Rightarrow (2) \frac{1}{y^2}\frac{dy}{dx}+\frac{2}{x}y^{-1} = 1

    (3) z = \frac{1}{y}
    (4) z' = \frac{-1}{y^2}y'

    \Rightarrow (5) -z' + \frac{2}{x}z = 1

    \Rightarrow (6) z' + (-\frac{2}{3})z = -1

    (7) I = e^{\int{-\frac{2}{3}dx}} = e^{-\frac{2}{3}x}

    (8) e^{-\frac{2}{3}}z = \int{e^{-\frac{2}{3}x}(-1)dx} = \frac{3}{2}e^{-\frac{2}{3}x}

    \Rightarrow (9) z = \frac{3}{2}

    \Rightarrow (10) \frac{1}{y} = \frac{3}{2}

    \Rightarrow (11) y = \frac{2}{3}

    I incorrectly typed the answer the professor gave me in my first post. The answer he gave is:
    \frac{1}{x(1 + Cx)}
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    Re: Bernoulli's Equation

    From equation (5) to (6). Why did you goe from 2/x to 2/3?
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