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6 Differential Equations

y d sin .Differential Equations Definition A differential equation is an equation involving derivatives of an unknown function and possibly the function itself as well as the independent variable.

x . ! Example .

y d y 3 x ! 0 1st order equations Definition 2nd order equation The order of a differential equation is the highest order of the derivatives of the unknown function appearing in the equation In the simplest cases. equations may be solved by direct integration. Examples y d sin .y ' 4 d y 2 2 xy x 2 ! 0.

x y ! cos .

x C ! d ! ! y d 6 x e x y d 3 x 2 e x C1 y ! x 3 e x C1x C2 Observe that the set of solutions to the above 1st order equation has 1 parameter. . while the solutions to the above 2nd order equation depend on two parameters.

Separable Differential Equations A separable differential equation can be expressed as the product of a function of x and a function of y. dy ! g .

x h .

y dx Example: h .

(Assume y2 is never zero.) .y { 0 dy ! 2 xy 2 dx dy ! 2 x dx 2 y y 2 dy ! 2 x dx Multiply both sides by dx and divide both sides by y2 to separate the variables.

dy ! g .Separable Differential Equations A separable differential equation can be expressed as the product of a function of x and a function of y.

x h .

y dx Example: h .

y { 0 dy ! 2 xy 2 dx dy ! 2 x dx 2 y y 2 dy ! 2 x dx y 2 dy ! ´ 2 x dx ´ y C1 ! x C2 2 1 1 ! x2 C y 1 2 !y x C Combined constants of integration 1 y! 2 x C p .

. The straight lines y = x and y = -x are special solutions. The special solutions y = x and y = -x go both through the origin.Family of solutions (general solution) of a differential equation Example dy x ! dx y 2 2 ´ ydy ! ´ xdx y ! x C The picture on the right shows some solutions to the above differential equation. A unique solution curve goes through any point of the plane different from the origin.

22 = 02 + C C=4 y2 = x2 + 4 . and the problem of finding a solution of the differential equation that satisfies the initial condition is called an initial-value problem. Example (cont.Initial conditions In many physical problems we need to find the particular solution that satisfies a condition of the form y(x0)=y0. This is called an initial condition.): Find a solution to y2 = x2 + C satisfying the initial condition y(0) = 2.

Example: dy 2 x2 ! 2 x .

y e 1 dx 1 x2 dy ! 2 x e dx 2 1 y Separable differential equation 1 u ! x2 x2 ´ 1 y 2 dy ! ´ 2 x e dx du ! 2 x dx 1 dy ! ´ eu du ´ 1 y2 tan y C1 ! e C2 u 1 tan y C1 ! e C2 1 x2 tan y ! e C 1 x2 Combined constants of integration p .

Example (cont.): dy 2 x2 ! 2 x .

y e 1 dx tan y ! e C 1 1 x2 We now have y as an implicit function of x. x2 tan .

tan y ! tan e C We can find y as an explicit function y ! tan e C .

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p . x2 of x by taking the tangent of both sides.

Other things that increase or decrease at a rate proportional to the amount present include radioactive material and money in an interest-bearing account.Law of natural growth or decay A population of living creatures normally increases at a rate that is proportional to the current level of the population. If the rate of change is proportional to the amount present. the change can be modeled by: dy ! ky dt p .

dy ! ´ k dt ´y ln y ! kt C e ln y !e C kt C kt Exponentiate both sides. y 1 Integrate both sides. y ! e e y ! se e C kt y ! Ae kt p .dy ! ky dt Rate of change is proportional to the amount present. 1 dy ! k dt Divide both sides by y.

where y0 ! y (0) kMt y 0 ( M y 0 )e . M. There is a maximum population.Logistic Growth Model Real-life populations do not increase forever. or carrying capacity. There is some limiting factor such as food or living space. A more realistic model is the logistic growth model where growth rate is proportional to both the size of the population (y) and the amount by which y falls short of the maximal size (M-y). Then we have the equation: dy ! ky ( M y ) dt The solution to this differential equation (derived in the textbook): y0 M y! .

Mixing Problems A tank contains 1000 L of brine with 15 kg of dissolved salt. The solution is kept thoroughly mixed and drains from the tank at the same rate. Pure water enters the tank at a rate of 10 L/min. (b) after 20 minutes? This problem can be solved by modeling it as a differential equation. How much salt is in the tank (a) after t minutes. (the solution on the board) .

A vat with 500 gallons of beer contains 4% alcohol (by volume).Mixing Problems Problem 45. Beer with 6% alcohol is pumped into the vat at a rate of 5 gal/min and the mixture is pumped out at the same rate. What is the percentage of alcohol after an hour? .

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