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September 23rd, 2015, 09:21 AM   #1
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Does anyone know how to solve this ODE question?

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That looks like a fairly straightforward "second order, non-homogeneous, differential equation with constant coefficients".

First find the general solution to the "associated homogeneous equation", $\displaystyle y''+ 4y= 0$. The "characteristic equation" is $\displaystyle r^2+ 4= 0$ which has roots $\displaystyle \pm 2i$. That means that the general solution to the homogeneous equation is $\displaystyle y(x)= C_1 \cos(2x)+ C_2 \sin(2x)$.

Now we need to find a single solution to the entire equation. Normally, seeing "cos(2x)" on the right we would try "y(x)= A cos(2x)+ B sin(2x)" but that is already a solution to the homogeneous equation. So we try instead "y(x)= Ax cos(2x)+ Bx sin(2x)".

With that y, what is y''? Putting that into the differential equation, what equation for A and B do you get?

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Would you (KaiL) be able to finish if we suggest how you can start? For example, you could start by multiplying the equation by sin(2x), which gives an equation that can be integrated to give a first order ODE.
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