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MAT2442019F => MAT244Test & Quizzes => Quiz3 => Topic started by: Xinyu Jing on October 12, 2019, 12:20:07 AM

Question: 𝑐𝑜𝑠(𝑡)𝑦″+𝑠𝑖𝑛(𝑡)𝑦′−𝑡𝑦=0
Find the Wronskian of two solutions of the given differential equation without solving the equation.
Solution:
Divide both sides by 𝑐𝑜𝑠(𝑡)
𝑦″+𝑡𝑎𝑛(𝑡)𝑦′−𝑡𝑐𝑜𝑠(𝑡)𝑦=0
𝑊(𝑦1,𝑦2)(𝑡)=𝑐𝑒−∫𝑝(𝑡)𝑑𝑡
𝑊(𝑦1,𝑦2)(𝑡)=𝑐𝑒−∫𝑡𝑎𝑛(𝑡)𝑑𝑡=𝑐𝑒−(−𝑙𝑛𝑐𝑜𝑠(𝑡))
𝑊(𝑦1,𝑦2)(𝑡)=𝑐𝑒𝑙𝑛𝑐𝑜𝑠(𝑡)=𝑐𝑐𝑜𝑠(𝑡)
Therefore, the Wronskian of any pair of solutions of the given equation is 𝑊(𝑦1,𝑦2)(𝑡)=𝑐𝑐𝑜𝑠(𝑡)