How do I solve an equation that is missing the independent variable?

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- Feb 25th 2013, 06:48 PMcolerelm1Solving the second order equation?
How do I solve an equation that is missing the independent variable?

- Feb 25th 2013, 07:58 PMjakncokeRe: Solving the second order equation?
I have an idea but i'm not sure if it will work

If y = then

= 4th degree polynomial

4th degree polynomial

so you would have to solve for the coefficients so that they cancel out. - Feb 26th 2013, 12:10 AMJJacquelinRe: Solving the second order equation?
- Feb 26th 2013, 03:25 AMHallsofIvyRe: Solving the second order equation?
I should have read JJacqueline's post first- she did exactly the same thing.

- Feb 26th 2013, 04:29 AMJJacquelinRe: Solving the second order equation?