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Solving Initial Value Problems
with Mathematica's Solver

Let's now give Mathematica the slightly harder second order initial value problem:

y″ - 3y′ - 10y = 0,  y(0) = 0,  y′(0) = 1.

(Note: When entering this equation into Mathematica the primes in y″(x) are entered by simply typing the single quote key twice, not the double quote key. i.e. y''[x])

Go ahead and switch to Mathematica now to solve this initial value problem. Come back here when you are done.

Let's go look at what you should have gotten...

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ODE Laboratories: A Sabbatical Project by Christopher A. Barker

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