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Unformatted text preview: Regular Singular Points Consider the SOLODE P ( x ) y 00 + Q ( x ) y + R ( x ) y = 0 ( * ) where P,Q,R are analytic about x and so many common factors x x have been removed that at least one of P,Q,R does not vanish at x . Definition: A point x is an Ordinary point for ( * ) if P ( x ) 6 = 0 . Definition: A point x is a Singular Point for our SOLODE P ( x ) y 00 + Q ( x ) y + R ( x ) y = 0 ( * ) if P ( x ) = 0 . x is a Regular Singular Point for ( * ) if P ( x ) = 0 and in if addition def = lim x x ( x x ) Q ( x ) P ( x ) and def = lim x x ( x x ) 2 R ( x ) P ( x ) exist. ( RS ) Regular singular points occur for example in the quantum physics of the hydrogen atom and heavier atoms. 2 3 4 For 6 = 0 6 = def = lim x x ( x x ) Q ( x ) P ( x ) and def = lim x x ( x x ) 2 R ( x ) P ( x ) exist. ( RS ) means that ( x x ) Q ( x ) P ( x ) and ( x x ) 2 R ( x ) P ( x ) are power series whose constant terms are and , respectively: ( x x ) Q ( x ) P ( x ) = 1+ 1 ( x x )+ 2 ( x x ) 2 + ... ( x x ) 2 R ( x ) P ( x ) = 1+ 1 ( x x )+ 2 ( x x ) 2 + ... 5 This turns our SOLODE P ( x ) y 00 + Q ( x ) y + R ( x ) y = 0 for x 6 = x into y 00 + Q ( x ) P ( x )  {z } p ( x ) y + R ( x ) P ( x )  {z } q ( x ) y = 0 ( x x ) 2 y 00 +( x x ) h ( x x ) Q ( x ) P ( x ) i y + h ( x x ) 2 R ( x ) P ( x ) i y =0 ( x x ) 2 y 00 +( x x ) [1+ 1 ( x x...
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This note was uploaded on 09/07/2010 for the course PHY 303L taught by Professor Turner during the Spring '08 term at University of Texas at Austin.
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