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Solving Systems

Solving the Preliminary Example

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Your check of equation (2) should look like this:


Substitution Result

3 y[t]+2 x[t]-2 E^(-t)/.{x[t]->E^(-t),y[t]->E^(3t)}

Substitution Result

Clearly both sides give the same result, making the second equation true when you substitute the proposed solution into it. We have now verified that the proposed solution does indeed satisfy both differential equations in the system. We say that we have found a solution of the system. We can't claim that we've found the system's general solution, since that would be a family of solutions. What we've found is just a single member of that family.

Let's go and tackle the problem more seriously, putting Mathematica's "big guns" to work.

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ODE Laboratories: A Sabbatical Project by Christopher A. Barker

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