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    general solution to linear first order differential equations

    Hello,
    What is the basis for e, the natural log, as a general solution in D.E. ?
    For example:

    x' (t) + 2x (t) =6
    x(t) = Ce^-2x +3

    I understand d/dx (e^x) =e^x
    In general solutions what is the concept and analysis of the natural log
    application ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by morrobay View Post
    Hello,
    What is the basis for e, the natural log, as a general solution in D.E. ?
    For example:

    x' (t) + 2x (t) =6
    x(t) = Ce^-2x +3

    I understand d/dx (e^x) =e^x
    In general solutions what is the concept and analysis of the natural log
    application ?
    You have x' + 2x = 6 multiply both sides by e^{2t} and so e^{2t}x' + 2e^{2t}x = 6.
    This can be written as \left( e^{2t} x \right)' = 6.
    Can you continue?
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    Thanks,
    Actually my question is on why (e) the natural log is used in solving D.E
    That is, what is the basis or analysis of why (e) is used in the general solutions ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by morrobay View Post
    Thanks,
    Actually my question is on why (e) the natural log is used in solving D.E
    That is, what is the basis or analysis of why (e) is used in the general solutions ?
    Because e^t has the special property that its it is own derivative.
    Look at how this fact was used in the solution of the differencial equation.
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