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MAT2442020F => MAT244Lectures & Home Assignments => Chapter 2 => Topic started by: Suheng Yao on September 15, 2020, 12:24:18 PM

This is the last question from yesterday's lecture 0201 section. I still don't understand why there is a negative sign on the right side of the equation?

Indeed, there should be no $$ on the right, unless I change $by$ to $yb$ (which I intended to to but doid not). I updated handout, it is just a single place as on the next frame everything is right.

Thanks, prof. Also, on the next slide, I feel confused about why does f(x) have a single minimum at x=a and have equilibrium at x=a and y=b? I really don't get the idea here.

You can investigate $f(x)$ as in Calculus I.
Also because $x=x(t)$ and $y=y(t)$ and $x=a,y=b$ is a constant solution (equilibrium). Look at the picture on the next slide. We excluded $t$ from our analysis but it does not mean that it had gone

I was also wondering how to extent the concept of direction field in this case, as both x and y are functions of t. Why the direction field shows the relationship between x and y? Is it because equations do not include t explicitly, and theoretically we can have 3dimensional direction field? :)

We use $x$ and $y$ because we can exclude $t$ but neither $x$ nor $y$