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Question about the constant C


Yuemile Wang:
 C is arbitrary but  how to find a way to determine C with an exact number. Can I just let the initial condition to be 0, then get C=0  with the corresponding equilibrium.  Also I found in Chapter 2.1, C is equal to 1 for many differential equation.

Victor Ivrii:
As long as we have just an equation constant $C$ (and from Chapter 3 constants $C_1$, $C_2$, … , $C_m$ where $m$ is an order of equation) is arbitrary. We need initial conditions to find them. There is no significance in $C=0$ or $C=1$ etc


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