Differential Equations and Linear Algebra (4th Edition)

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ISBN 10: 0-32196-467-5
ISBN 13: 978-0-32196-467-0

Chapter 1 - First-Order Differential Equations - 1.2 Basic Ideas and Terminology - Problems - Page 21: 10


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Find the derivative of the function. $$y(x)=\frac{1}{x+4}$$ $$y'(x)=-\frac{1}{(x+4)^2}$$ Substituting these equations into the differential equation yields $$y'=-y^2$$ $$-\frac{1}{(x+4)^2}=-\frac{1}{(x+4)^2}$$ This proves that the equation is a solution to the differential equation and that the solution is valid for all real values.
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