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    Solve the ordinary diferential equation

    Solve the ordinary differential equation
    x2y'' - 3xy' + 3y = x3cosx
    I am working on this question for 2 days and I coudn't get to the final result.
    we have to use the power series to solve this question. so I substitute y= sum(n=0 to infi)Ckxk, and also for y' and y'' into the equation. also for the RHS too.
    please help me to solve it.
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    Re: Solve the ordinary diferential equation

    First, find two solutions for x球'' - 3xy' + 3y =0
    Let y=x^r
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    Re: Solve the ordinary diferential equation

    Thank you so much for the suggestion. but I don't really get it. if you let y= x^r then y' = rx^(r-1), y'' = r(r-1)x^(r-2)
    then substitute y,y',y'' in the equation. I got r=3,r=1. then what's the next step to solve this equation?
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    Re: Solve the ordinary diferential equation

    So, what are the two particular solutions y(x) that you found ?
    As a consequence, what is the genertal solution (i.e. all the solutions) of x球''-3xy'+3y=0 ?
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    Re: Solve the ordinary diferential equation

    I'm not sure if it's based on x or r. If it's based on r, the solution would be: C1e^x + C2e^(3x). sorry I'm just so confused since there're so many methods...
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    Re: Solve the ordinary diferential equation

    All right, the general solution of x球'' - 3xy' + 3y =0 is y=C1e^x + C2e^(3x).
    But what do you mean : << if it's based on x or r >> ? Remember : You let y=x^r and you found r=1 and r=3. Hense y= x^1 and y=x^3 are two solutions. What is confusing ?

    Then, come back to the complete equation x球'' - 3xy' + 3y = (x^3)cosx
    Now, you have to find a particular solution for the complete equation. Only one will be sufficient ! But it is the most difficult part of the job. Did you yeard about "the variation of the constant" ?
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    Re: Solve the ordinary diferential equation

    Hello. Thank you so much for that. I've solved the question.
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    Re: Solve the ordinary diferential equation

    Quote Originally Posted by JJacquelin View Post
    All right, the general solution of x球'' - 3xy' + 3y =0 is y=C1e^x + C2e^(3x).
    NO, it's not- and I am sure you know better! Was this just an "extended typo"? The "characteristic equation" tran got by setting y= x^r was r^2- 4r+ 3= 0 which has roots r= 1 and r= 3 so the general solution is y= C_1x+ C_2x^3 as you say below.

    (The substitution t= ln(x) or x= e^t converts this to a differential equation with constant coefficients with the same characteristic equation so solution y= C_1e^t+ C_2e^3t= C_1e^{ln(x)}+ C_2e^{3ln(x)}= C_1e^{ln(x)}+ C_2e^{3ln((x)}= C_1x+ C_2x^3.)

    But what do you mean : << if it's based on x or r >> ? Remember : You let y=x^r and you found r=1 and r=3. Hense y= x^1 and y=x^3 are two solutions. What is confusing ?

    Then, come back to the complete equation x球'' - 3xy' + 3y = (x^3)cosx
    Now, you have to find a particular solution for the complete equation. Only one will be sufficient ! But it is the most difficult part of the job. Did you yeard about "the variation of the constant" ?
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    Re: Solve the ordinary diferential equation

    in this case r=3, r=1. => y1= x^3, y2=x
    then we need to divide throughout by x^2 to get the standard form. After that we need to find the Wronskian W(y1,y2) which is equal to -2x^3.
    then find u1, u2 by integrating u1'(x), u2'(x). the general sol is y = u1y1+ u2y2.
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    Re: Solve the ordinary diferential equation

    I was too late to edit the above but:

    Also the original post said "we have to use the power series to solve this question. so I substitute y= sum(n=0 to infi)C_kx^k" so this method isn't appropriate. What is appropriate is to write y= \sum_{k=0}^\infty C_kx^k so that y'= \sum_{k=1}^\infty kC_n x^{k- 1} and y''= \sum_{k= 2} k(k-1)x^{k-2}. Putting those into the equation,
    \sum_{k= 2}^\infty C_kk(k-1)x^k- 3\sum_{k= 1}^\infty C_k x^k+ 3\sum_{k=0}^\infty C_kx^k= x^3(\sum_{k= 0}^\infty \frac{(-1)^n}{(2k+1)!}x^{2k+ 1}.

    Now look at individual values of the power of x. We have x^0 only in the third sum on the left and NOT on the right: C_0= 0. We have x^1 in the seconds and third sums on the left but not on the right: -3C_1+ 3C_k= 0 for any C_k: That gives the " C_1x" above. For x^2 or higher, we have all three terms on the left.
    \sum_{k=2}^\infty (k(k- 1)- 3k+ 3)C_k= \sum_{k= 3}^\infty \frac{(-1)^n}{(2n+1)!}x^{2k+4}.

    When k= 2, that is (2(1)- 3(2)+ 3)C_1= (-1)C_2= 0 so that C_2= 0. When k= 3, [tex](3(2)- 3(3)+ 3)C_3= 0C_3= 0[tex] which is true for any C_3- that is where the " C_2x^3" above comes from.
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