Verify that the indicated family of functions is a solution to the given differential equation.

dP/dt=P(1-P); P=(c1*e^t)/(1+c1*e^t)

Do I take the derivative of P first? If so do I just ignore the constants? Thanks for the help.

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- Jan 25th 2009, 01:09 PMcowboys111Family of functions, differential equations
Verify that the indicated family of functions is a solution to the given differential equation.

dP/dt=P(1-P); P=(c1*e^t)/(1+c1*e^t)

Do I take the derivative of P first? If so do I just ignore the constants? Thanks for the help. - Jan 25th 2009, 01:14 PMJester
- Jan 25th 2009, 01:36 PMcowboys111
Im still kind of confused, Is there any way you can show me how you would solve it? My class doesnt start untill tomorrow so I havent had a lecture, Im just trying to read ahead a little bit but my book has horrible examples.

- Jan 25th 2009, 01:51 PMJester
Sure.

$\displaystyle \frac{dP}{dt} = \frac{c e^t}{\left(1 + c e^t \right)^2} $

$\displaystyle P(1-P) = \frac{c e^t}{1 + c e^t} \left( 1 - \frac{c e^t}{1 + c e^t}\right) = \frac{c e^t}{1 + c e^t} \frac{1}{1 + c e^t} = \frac{c e^t}{\left(1 + c e^t \right)^2}$

see - the same. - Jan 25th 2009, 01:57 PMcowboys111
Thanks I appriciate it.