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inkyvoydBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.1
@nincompoop , I'm waiting.
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experimentXBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.3
write the DE in terms of operator, as you assumed the linearity, factorize it ... let (first factored operator) y = u (second factor) u = your input solve the second for u, then use it to solve for first.
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inkyvoydBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.1
y''+p(x)y'+q(x)y=0 I'll start with homogenous first? And find two linearly independent solutions?
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experimentXBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.3
i don't think you can generally solve for the systems containing p(x) or q(x) even if there is specific values for p(x) and q(x), they are not so easily solvable Eg. http://mathworld.wolfram.com/HermiteDifferentialEquation.html
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inkyvoydBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.1
Mm  I should've clarified and used constant coefficients. >.<
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inkyvoydBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.1
http://mathworld.wolfram.com/SecondOrderOrdinaryDifferentialEquation.html wait, lemme read this >.>
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experimentXBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.3
yep!! if you had constant coefficients, you can factor up the operator as (Da)(Db)y = f(x) let (Db)y = u then it becomes (Da)u = f(x) < this is first order linear, solve for 'u' let u = g(x) be it's solution then, you have (Da)y = g(x) < again linear in y. The e^(kx) are characteristics of linear equations. There are better methods, but this is only for concept/
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inkyvoydBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.1
@experimentX , what i never understood is why can one factor the operator? is it only because you can relate it to the characterisitic equation?
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experimentXBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.3
depending on those values 'a' and 'b', you either get decaying type or harmonic or damped harmonic solution.
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experimentXBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.3
this is because the operators are commutative. (Da)[(Db)y(x)] = (Db)[(Da)y(x)]
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experimentXBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.3
at least for constant coefficients .. since there is no 'x' factor to differentiate.
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inkyvoydBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.1
@nincompoop , I don't need your copy pasting it's lagging my post.
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inkyvoydBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.1
I see @experimentX  so in case of so in other cases you can't simply factor the operator?
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experimentXBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.3
No ... check this out (D + a)(x^2D + b) y(x)
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experimentXBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.3
(D + a)(x^2D + b) y(x) =/= (x^2D + b)(D + a) y(x)
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inkyvoydBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.1
Actually I had originially asked this question to make @nincompoop stop being so annoying  I just realized that it has practical applications in RLC circuits though x.x
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experimentXBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.3
there are lot's of application ... usually where you get sinusoidal periodic solutions. like all sorts of pendulums, RLC, etc ,etc
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inkyvoydBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.1
Hmm I'ma close this and open a new question, actually more of a physics question. I'm guessing it'll pop up a first order ODE, I just want to formulate one I guess.
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