# First Order Differential Equation

• Feb 18th 2009, 09:57 AM
Simplicity
First Order Differential Equation
Question:
$\frac{dy}{dt} = \frac{t+y}{t+y+1}$ Solve for $y(t)=...$

Approach:
Letting $u=t+y+1$ then getting $\frac{dy}{dt} = \frac{du}{dt}-1$ and substituting into main equation to get $\frac{du}{dt}-1 = \frac{u-1}{u}$ and rearraning to get $\frac{du}{dt} + \frac{1}{u} = 2$ however it's not in integration factor form. How would I solve it?
• Feb 18th 2009, 10:04 AM
Jester
Quote:

Originally Posted by Simplicity
Question:
$\frac{dy}{dt} = \frac{t+y}{t+y+1}$ Solve for $y(t)=...$

Approach:
Letting $u=t+y+1$ then getting $\frac{dy}{dt} = \frac{du}{dt}-1$ and substituting into main equation to get $\frac{du}{dt}-1 = \frac{u-1}{u}$ and rearraning to get $\frac{du}{dt} + \frac{1}{u} = 2$ however it's not in integration factor form. How would I solve it?

Try
$\frac{du}{dt} = 2 - \frac{1}{u} = \frac{2u-1}{u}$

It's separable.
• Feb 18th 2009, 10:06 AM
Simplicity
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Originally Posted by danny arrigo
Try
$\frac{du}{dt} = 2 - \frac{1}{u} = \frac{2u-1}{u}$

It's separable.

As by:

$\int \frac{u}{2u-1} du = \int dt$?
• Feb 18th 2009, 10:07 AM
Mush
Quote:

Originally Posted by Simplicity
As by:

$\int \frac{u}{2u-1} du = \int dt$?

Yes.
• Feb 18th 2009, 10:10 AM
Simplicity
Quote:

Originally Posted by Mush
Yes.

What method am I using to solve $\int \frac{u}{2u-1} du$?
• Feb 18th 2009, 10:20 AM
Mush
Quote:

Originally Posted by Simplicity
What method am I using to solve $\int \frac{u}{2u-1} du$?

$p = 2u-1$

$dp/du = 2$

$\frac{1}{2}dp = du$

$\frac{1}{2} \int \frac{u}{p}dp$

$u = \frac{p+1}{2}$

$\frac{1}{2} \int \bigg(\frac{\frac{p+1}{2}}{p}\bigg)dp$

$\frac{1}{4} \int\bigg(\frac{p+1}{p}\bigg)dp$

$\frac{1}{4} \int \bigg(1+\frac{1}{p}\bigg) dp$