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Unformatted text preview: 3.2: General Solutions of Linear Equations It all extends.... Definition A n th order linear differential equation can be written in the form y H n L + p 1 H x L y I n 1 M + ” + p n H x L y = f H x L , where the functions p 1 H x L , ..., p n H x L , f H x L are continuous on an I . If f H x L ” 0 for all x in I , then we say it is h o m o g e n e o u s . Other wise, it is n o n h o m o g e n e o u s . Theorem  Principle of Superposition for Homogeneous Equations Let y 1 , ..., y n be solutions to y H n L + p 1 H x L y I n 1 M + ” + p n H x L y = 0. Then y = c 1 y 1 + c 2 y 2 + ” + c n y n is also a solution. Theorem  Existence and Uniqueness for Linear Equations If p 1 H x L , ..., p n H x L , f H x L are continuous on an open interval I and a Ε I . Then, given any b , b 1 , ..., b n 1 and a ˛ I , y H n L + p 1 H x L y I n 1 M + ” + p n H x L y = f H x L , has a unique solution on I that satisfies the initial conditions y H a L = b , y ' H a L = b 1 , ..., y I...
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 Fall '11
 KeithEmmert
 Linear Equations, Equations, Derivative, Sin, Cos

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