Hi all,

I have started on differential equations today and need some help (as usual).

From what i have read so far.

The solution to a differential equation will be another function or differential equation.

For example the slope of a curve is a differential equation. The solution of this differential equation will actually give you the curve of the function or the equation of the function itself.

Now i have this problem to solve.

"find the curve whose slope at any point (x,y) is equal to 5y and which passes through the point (1,-2)".

Now the slope is given as 5y;

$\displaystyle slope=\frac{dy}{dx}=5y $

Now this is a differential equation in itself and the solution to the differential equation will give me the curve of the function itself.

rearranging the slope term

multiply across by dx:

$\displaystyle \frac{dy}{dx}.dx=5y.dx $

$\displaystyle dy=5y.dx$

To solve the differential equation i need to integrate both sides;

$\displaystyle \int dy=\int 5y.dx $

$\displaystyle x+C1= \frac{5y^2}{2} +C2 $

rearranging similar terms:

$\displaystyle x- \frac{5y^2}{2} =C2-C1$

$\displaystyle x- \frac{5y^2}{2} =C.........equation (1)$

Now we are given the point (1,-2) so substitute into equation (1) for x and y

$\displaystyle (1)- \frac{5(-2)^2}{2} =C.........equation (1)$

$\displaystyle C=-9$

Now the solution to the problem is C inserted into equation (1)

$\displaystyle x- \frac{5y^2}{2} =-9$

or

$\displaystyle x- \frac{5y^2}{2} +9=0$

Now to check this if i substitute the solution back into the original equation for y and if i differentiate y with respect to x i should get the slope of 5y?

I think i understand it-some of the text overcomplicates this if you ask me(or more probably i have not got the brains to understand it),

can anybody give me a more basic explanation if i have not got it correct,

Is my method/solution correct?

Thanks

John