1.1: SOME BASIC MATHEMATICAL MODELS
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A dierential equation is an equation between specied derivatives of
an unknown function, its values, and known quantities and functions.
The equation
5.2: SERIES SOLUTIONS NEAR AN ORDINARY
POINT
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Consider the dierential equation
d2 y
dy
(1)
P (x) 2 + Q(x) + R(x)y = 0,
dx
dx
where P (x), Q(x), and R(x) are general analytic functions1.
5.4: REGULAR SINGULAR POINTS
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Recall that a point x0 is said to be a singular point of the equation
d2 y
dy
(1)
P (x) 2 + Q(x) + R(x)y = 0,
dx
dx
where P (x), Q(x), and R(x) are analytic
5.5: EULERS HOMOGENEOUS EQUATIONS
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A homogeneous linear equation of the form
dn y
dn1 y
dn2 y
+ 1 xn1 n1 + 2 xn2 n2 + + n y = 0,
dxn
dx
dx
where i R for each i, i = 1, 2, , n, is called
5.6: SERIES SOLUTIONS NEAR A REGULAR
SINGULAR POINT
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In this and the next sections, we indicate the construction of solutions
to the second-order homogeneous linear equation
(1)
P (x)y +
5.7: SERIES SOLUTIONS NEAR A REGULAR
SINGULAR POINTS (CONTINUED)
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Convention 1. We will refer to several equations from section 5.6
very often. When we refer to these equations, we will
6.1: THE LAPLACE TRANSFORM
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A tool of frequent occurrence in modern mathematics on studying
an unknown function f is to transform the function f into another
function by means of a linea
6.2: SOLUTION OF INITIAL VALUE PROBLEMS
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In order to solve dierential equations using Laplace transformation,
it is necessary to be able to calculate the Laplace transform Lf of the
deri
6.3: STEP FUNCTION
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An important function that occurs in electrical systems is the (delayed) unit step function
(1)
ua (t) =
0 if t < a,
1 if t a,
where a 0. It is also known as Heavisid
DIFFERENTIAL EQUATIONS WITH DISCONTINUOUS
FORCING FUNCTIONS
KIAM HEONG KWA
Consider the initial value problem
(1)
y (t) + y (t) + y (t) = ua (t), y (0) = y0 , y (0) = y0 ,
where , R and ua is the Heav
6.5: IMPLUSE FUNCTIONS
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For a given t-value, say t0 , consider the family of functions
1
2
(t t0 ) =
(1)
0
if t0 < t < t0 + ,
if t t0 or t t0 + ,
that are indexed by > 0. These function
6.6: THE CONVOLUTION INTEGRAL
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Let f and g be two functions on [0, ). The convolution of these
functions is the function
t
(1)
f ( )g (t ) d
(f g )(t) =
0
whenever the integral is dened.
Homework List for Math 255.01 (Winter 2011)
Kiam Heong Kwa
February 28, 2011
Remark 1. This list will be updated throughout the quarter.
Remark 2. A problem with an asterisk (*) is relatively more dif
POWER SERIES SOLUTIONS OF SECOND-ORDER
LINEAR EQUATIONS
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1. Method of Undetermined Coefficients
Consider a general second-order linear homogeneous equation
(1.1)
y + p(x)y + q (x)y = 0,
5.1: REVIEW OF POWER SERIES
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For a sequence of (real) numbers cfw_an and a xed (real) number
n=0
x0 , a series of the form
an (x x0 )n
(1)
n=0
is called a power series of the variable x
4.4: THE METHOD OF VARIATION OF PARAMETERS
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The goal of this section is to generalize the method of variation of
parameters for second-order linear equations in section 3.7 to the class
2.2: SEPARABLE EQUATIONS
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A separated equation is a rst-order equation of the form
dy
= 0,
dx
where M (x) and N (y ) are continuous functions on some (open) intervals. It is understood t
2.4: DIFFERENCES BETWEEN LINEAR
AND NONLINEAR EQUATIONS
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We have so far considered a number of initial-value problems of the
form
(1)
y = f (t, y ), y (t0 ) = y0 ,
where the rate functio
2.5: AUTONOMOUS EQUATIONS
AND POPULATION DYNAMICS
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We will dene the (asymptotic) stability of an equilibrium solution
of an autonomous rst order equation. We will also state two stabilit
2.6: EXACT EQUATIONS
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1. Exact Equations and Integrating Factors
A rst-order equation is an equation that can be written in the form
(1.1)
M (x, y ) + N (x, y )
dy
= 0,
dx
where M (x, y
2.7: NUMERICAL APPROXIMATIONS:
EULERS METHOD
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Unless otherwise stated, we shall assume that the rst-order initial
value problem
dy
= f (t, y ), y (t0 ) = y0 ,
(1)
dt
has a unique solutio
3.1/3.4/3.5: HOMOGENEOUS EQUATIONS
WITH CONSTANT COEFFICIENTS
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A general second-order dierential equation has the form
d2 y
=f
dt2
(1)
t, y,
dy
dt
,
where f is a given function of three
3.2: FUNDAMENTAL SOLUTIONS OF LINEAR
HOMOGENEOUS EQUATIONS
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We have learned in the last section that there are always two linearly
independent solutions y1 (t) and y2 (t) to a second-ord
3.3: LINEAR INDEPENDENCE
AND THE WRONSKIAN
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Generally, two functions f (t) and g (t) are said to be linearly independent on an interval I if the linear relation
(1)
c1 f (t) + c2 g (t) =
3.5: REDUCTION OF ORDER
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Consider a general second-order linear homogeneouos equation
(1)
y + p(t)y + q (t)y = 0
with continuous coecients on an open interval I. Provided with a
nonzero
3.6: NONHOMOGENEOUS EQUATIONS AND
METHOD OF UNDETERMINED COEFFICIENTS
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We would like to construct the general solution of the nonhomogeneous equation
(1)
ay + by + cy = g (t),
where a, b
3.7: VARIATION OF PARAMETERS
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This section exhibits the method of variation of parameters to compute the general solution of a second-order linear nonhomogeneous
equation from a given fu
4.1: GENERAL THEORY OF HIGHER ORDER LINEAR
EQUATIONS
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An nth order linear dierential equation is an equation of the form
dn y
dn1 y
dy
+ P1 (t) n1 + + Pn1 (t) + Pn (t)y = G(t),
n
dt
dt
d
4.2: HOMOGENEOUS EQUATIONS WITH CONSTANT
COEFFICIENTS
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Consider the nth order linear homogeneous equation
dn y
dn1 y
dy
+ a1 n1 + + an1 + y = 0,
n
dt
dt
dt
where ai R, i = 0, 2, , n, and