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: 9


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Find the derivatives of the function. Use chain rule. $$y(x)=c_1e^x+c_2e^{-2x}$$ $$y'(x)=c_1e^x-2c_2e^{-2x}$$ $$y''(x)=c_1e^x+4c_2e^{-2x}$$ Substitute these equations into the differential equation to get $$y''+y'-2y=0$$ $$(c_1e^x+4c_2e^{-2x})+(c_1e^x-2c_2e^{-2x})-2(c_1e^{x}+c_2e^{-2x})=0$$ $$0=0$$ This satisfies the differential equation, therefore, it must be a solution. This solution is valid for all values.
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