# 5.1E: Homogeneous Linear Equations (Exercises)

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[exer:5.1.1]

Verify that \(y_1=e^{2x}\) and \(y_2=e^{5x}\) are solutions of

\[y''-7y'+10y=0 \eqno{\rm (A)}\nonumber \]

on \((-\infty,\infty)\).

Verify that if \(c_1\) and \(c_2\) are arbitrary constants then \(y=c_1e^{2x}+c_2e^{5x}\) is a solution of (A) on \((-\infty,\infty)\).

Solve the initial value problem

\[y''-7y'+10y=0,\quad y(0)=-1,\quad y'(0)=1.\nonumber \]

Solve the initial value problem

\[y''-7y'+10y=0,\quad y(0)=k_0,\quad y'(0)=k_1.\nonumber \]

[exer:5.1.2]

Verify that \(y_1=e^x\cos x\) and \(y_2=e^x\sin x\) are solutions of

\[y''-2y'+2y=0 \eqno{\rm (A)}\nonumber \]

on \((-\infty,\infty)\).

Verify that if \(c_1\) and \(c_2\) are arbitrary constants then \(y=c_1e^x\cos x+c_2e^x\sin x\) is a solution of (A) on \((-\infty,\infty)\).

Solve the initial value problem

\[y''-2y'+2y=0,\quad y(0)=3,\quad y'(0)=-2.\nonumber \]

Solve the initial value problem

\[y''-2y'+2y=0,\quad y(0)=k_0,\quad y'(0)=k_1.\nonumber \]

[exer:5.1.3]

Verify that \(y_1=e^x\) and \(y_2=xe^x\) are solutions of

\[y''-2y'+y=0 \eqno{\rm (A)}\nonumber \]

on \((-\infty,\infty)\).

Verify that if \(c_1\) and \(c_2\) are arbitrary constants then \(y=e^x(c_1+c_2x)\) is a solution of (A) on \((-\infty,\infty)\).

Solve the initial value problem

\[y''-2y'+y=0,\quad y(0)=7,\quad y'(0)=4.\nonumber \]

Solve the initial value problem

\[y''-2y'+y=0,\quad y(0)=k_0,\quad y'(0)=k_1.\nonumber \]

[exer:5.1.4]

Verify that \(y_1=1/(x-1)\) and \(y_2=1/(x+1)\) are solutions of

\[(x^2-1)y''+4xy'+2y=0 \eqno{\rm (A)}\nonumber \]

on \((-\infty,-1)\), \((-1,1)\), and \((1,\infty)\). What is the general solution of (A) on each of these intervals?

Solve the initial value problem

\[(x^2-1)y''+4xy'+2y=0,\quad y(0)=-5,\quad y'(0)=1.\nonumber \]

What is the interval of validity of the solution?

Graph the solution of the initial value problem.

Verify Abel’s formula for \(y_1\) and \(y_2\), with \(x_0=0\).

[exer:5.1.5] Compute the Wronskians of the given sets of functions.

(a) \(\{1, e^x\}\) |
(b) \(\{e^x, e^x \sin x\}\) |

(c) \(\{x+1, x^2+2\}\) |
(d) \(\{ x^{1/2}, x^{-1/3}\}\) |

(e) \(\{ \frac{\sin x}{x}, \frac{\cos x}{x}\}\) |
(f) \(\{ x \ln|x|, x^2\ln|x|\}\) |

(g) \(\{e^x\cos\sqrt x, e^x\sin\sqrt x\}\) |

[exer:5.1.6] Find the Wronskian of a given set \(\{y_1,y_2\}\) of solutions of

\[y''+3(x^2+1)y'-2y=0,\nonumber \]

given that \(W(\pi)=0\).

[exer:5.1.7] Find the Wronskian of a given set \(\{y_1,y_2\}\) of solutions of

\[(1-x^2)y''-2xy'+\alpha(\alpha+1)y=0,\nonumber \]

given that \(W(0)=1\). (This is *Legendre’s equation*.)

[exer:5.1.8] Find the Wronskian of a given set \(\{y_1,y_2\}\) of solutions of

\[x^2y''+xy'+(x^2-\nu^2)y=0 ,\nonumber \]

given that \(W(1)=1\). (This is *Bessel’s equation*.)

[exer:5.1.9] (This exercise shows that if you know one nontrivial solution of \(y''+p(x)y'+q(x)y=0\), you can use Abel’s formula to find another.)

Suppose \(p\) and \(q\) are continuous and \(y_1\) is a solution of

\[y''+p(x)y'+q(x)y=0 \eqno{\rm (A)}\nonumber \]

that has no zeros on \((a,b)\). Let \(P(x)=\int p(x)\,dx\) be any antiderivative of \(p\) on \((a,b)\).

Show that if \(K\) is an arbitrary nonzero constant and \(y_2\) satisfies

\[y_1y_2'-y_1'y_2=Ke^{-P(x)} \eqno{\rm (B)}\nonumber \]

on \((a,b)\), then \(y_2\) also satisfies (A) on \((a,b)\), and \(\{y_1,y_2\}\) is a fundamental set of solutions on (A) on \((a,b)\).

Conclude from

# a

that if \(y_2=uy_1\) where \(u'=K{e^{-P(x)}\over y_1^2(x)}\), then \(\{y_1,y_2\}\) is a fundamental set of solutions of (A) on \((a,b)\).

[exer:5.1.10] \(y''-2y'-3y=0\); \(y_1=e^{3x}\)

[exer:5.1.11] \(y''-6y'+9y=0\); \(y_1=e^{3x}\)

[exer:5.1.12] \(y''-2ay'+a^2y=0\) (\(a=\) constant); \(y_1=e^{ax}\)

[exer:5.1.13] \(x^2y''+xy'-y=0\); \(y_1=x\)

[exer:5.1.14] \(x^2y''-xy'+y=0\); \(y_1=x\)

[exer:5.1.15] \(x^2y''-(2a-1)xy'+a^2y=0\) (\(a=\) nonzero constant); \(x>0\); \(y_1=x^a\)

[exer:5.1.16] \(4x^2y''-4xy'+(3-16x^2)y=0\); \(y_1=x^{1/2}e^{2x}\)

[exer:5.1.17] \((x-1)y''-xy'+y=0\); \(y_1=e^x\)

[exer:5.1.18] \(x^2y''-2xy'+(x^2+2)y=0\); \(y_1=x\cos x\)

[exer:5.1.19] \(4x^2(\sin x)y''-4x(x\cos x+\sin x)y'+(2x\cos x+3\sin x)y=0\); \(y_1=x^{1/2}\)

[exer:5.1.20] \((3x-1)y''-(3x+2)y'-(6x-8)y=0\); \(y_1=e^{2x}\)

[exer:5.1.21] \((x^2-4)y''+4xy'+2y=0\); \(y_1={1\over x-2}\)

[exer:5.1.22] \((2x+1)xy''-2(2x^2-1)y'-4(x+1)y=0\);\(y_1={1\over x}\)

[exer:5.1.23] \((x^2-2x)y''+(2-x^2)y'+(2x-2)y=0\);\(y_1=e^x\)

[exer:5.1.24] Suppose \(p\) and \(q\) are continuous on an open interval \((a,b)\) and let \(x_0\) be in \((a,b)\). Use Theorem [thmtype:5.1.1} to show that the only solution of the initial value problem

\[y''+p(x)y'+q(x)y=0,\quad y(x_0)=0,\quad y'(x_0)=0\nonumber \]

on \((a,b)\) is the trivial solution \(y\equiv0\).

[exer:5.1.25] Suppose \(P_0\), \(P_1\), and \(P_2\) are continuous on \((a,b)\) and let \(x_0\) be in \((a,b)\). Show that if either of the following statements is true then \(P_0(x)=0\) for some \(x\) in \((a,b)\).

The initial value problem

\[P_0(x)y''+P_1(x)y'+P_2(x)y=0,\quad y(x_0)=k_0,\quad y'(x_0)=k_1\nonumber \]

has more than one solution on \((a,b)\).

The initial value problem

\[P_0(x)y''+P_1(x)y'+P_2(x)y=0,\quad y(x_0)=0,\quad y'(x_0)=0\nonumber \]

has a nontrivial solution on \((a,b)\).

[exer:5.1.26] Suppose \(p\) and \(q\) are continuous on \((a,b)\) and \(y_1\) and \(y_2\) are solutions of

\[y''+p(x)y'+q(x)y=0 \eqno{\rm (A)}\nonumber \]

on \((a,b)\). Let

\[z_1=\alpha y_1+\beta y_2\mbox{\quad and \quad} z_2=\gamma y_1+\delta y_2,\nonumber \]

where \(\alpha\), \(\beta\), \(\gamma\), and \(\delta\) are constants. Show that if \(\{z_1,z_2\}\) is a fundamental set of solutions of (A) on \((a,b)\) then so is \(\{y_1,y_2\}\).

[exer:5.1.27] Suppose \(p\) and \(q\) are continuous on \((a,b)\) and \(\{y_1,y_2\}\) is a fundamental set of solutions of

\[y''+p(x)y'+q(x)y=0 \eqno{\rm (A)}\nonumber \]

on \((a,b)\). Let

\[z_1=\alpha y_1+\beta y_2\mbox{\quad and \quad} z_2=\gamma y_1+\delta y_2,\nonumber \]

where \(\alpha,\beta,\gamma\), and \(\delta\) are constants. Show that \(\{z_1,z_2\}\) is a fundamental set of solutions of (A) on \((a,b)\) if and only if \(\alpha\gamma-\beta\delta\ne0\).

[exer:5.1.28] Suppose \(y_1\) is differentiable on an interval \((a,b)\) and \(y_2=ky_1\), where \(k\) is a constant. Show that the Wronskian of \(\{y_1,y_2\}\) is identically zero on \((a,b)\).

[exer:5.1.29] Let

\[y_1=x^3\quad\mbox{ and }\quad y_2=\left\{\begin{array}{rl} x^3,&x\ge 0,\\ -x^3,&x<0.\end{array}\right.\nonumber \]

Show that the Wronskian of \(\{y_1,y_2\}\) is defined and identically zero on \((-\infty,\infty)\).

Suppose \(a<0<b\). Show that \(\{y_1,y_2\}\) is linearly independent on \((a,b)\).

Use Exercise [exer:5.1.25}

# b

to show that these results don’t contradict Theorem [thmtype:5.1.5} , because neither \(y_1\) nor \(y_2\) can be a solution of an equation

\[y''+p(x)y'+q(x)y=0\nonumber \]

on \((a,b)\) if \(p\) and \(q\) are continuous on \((a,b)\).

[exer:5.1.30] Suppose \(p\) and \(q\) are continuous on \((a,b)\) and \(\{y_1,y_2\}\) is a set of solutions of

\[y''+p(x)y'+q(x)y=0\nonumber \]

on \((a,b)\) such that either \(y_1(x_0)=y_2(x_0)=0\) or \(y_1'(x_0)=y_2'(x_0)=0\) for some \(x_0\) in \((a,b)\). Show that \(\{y_1,y_2\}\) is linearly dependent on \((a,b)\).

[exer:5.1.31] Suppose \(p\) and \(q\) are continuous on \((a,b)\) and \(\{y_1,y_2\}\) is a fundamental set of solutions of

\[y''+p(x)y'+q(x)y=0\nonumber \]

on \((a,b)\). Show that if \(y_1(x_1)=y_1(x_2)=0\), where \(a<x_1<x_2<b\), then \(y_2(x)=0\) for some \(x\) in \((x_1,x_2)\).

[exer:5.1.32] Suppose \(p\) and \(q\) are continuous on \((a,b)\) and every solution of

\[y''+p(x)y'+q(x)y=0 \eqno{\rm (A)}\nonumber \]

on \((a,b)\) can be written as a linear combination of the twice differentiable functions \(\{y_1,y_2\}\). Use Theorem [thmtype:5.1.1} to show that \(y_1\) and \(y_2\) are themselves solutions of (A) on \((a,b)\).

[exer:5.1.33] Suppose \(p_1\), \(p_2\), \(q_1\), and \(q_2\) are continuous on \((a,b)\) and the equations

\[y''+p_1(x)y'+q_1(x)y=0 \mbox{\quad and \quad} y''+p_2(x)y'+q_2(x)y=0\nonumber \]

have the same solutions on \((a,b)\). Show that \(p_1=p_2\) and \(q_1=q_2\) on \((a,b)\).

[exer:5.1.34] (For this exercise you have to know about \(3\times 3\) determinants.) Show that if \(y_1\) and \(y_2\) are twice continuously differentiable on \((a,b)\) and the Wronskian \(W\) of \(\{y_1,y_2\}\) has no zeros in \((a,b)\) then the equation

\[\frac{1}{W} \left| \begin{array}{ccc} y & y_1 & y_2 \

\[2\jot] y' & y'_1 & y'_2 \

\[2\jot] y'' & y_1'' & y_2'' \end{array} \right|=0\nonumber \]

can be written as

\[y''+p(x)y'+q(x)y=0, \eqno{\rm (A)}\nonumber \]

where \(p\) and \(q\) are continuous on \((a,b)\) and \(\{y_1,y_2\}\) is a fundamental set of solutions of (A) on \((a,b)\).

[exer:5.1.35] Use the method suggested by Exercise [exer:5.1.34} to find a linear homogeneous equation for which the given functions form a fundamental set of solutions on some interval.

(a) \(e^x \cos 2x, \quad e^x \sin 2x\) |
(b) \(x, \quad e^{2x}\) |

(c) \(x, \quad x \ln x\) |
(d) \(\cos (\ln x), \quad \sin (\ln x)\) |

(e) \(\cosh x, \quad \sinh x\) |
(f) \(x^2-1, \quad x^2+1\) |

[exer:5.1.36] Suppose \(p\) and \(q\) are continuous on \((a,b)\) and \(\{y_1,y_2\}\) is a fundamental set of solutions of

\[y''+p(x)y'+q(x)y=0 \eqno{\rm (A)}\nonumber \]

on \((a,b)\). Show that if \(y\) is a solution of (A) on \((a,b)\), there’s exactly one way to choose \(c_1\) and \(c_2\) so that \(y=c_1y_1+c_2y_2\) on \((a,b)\).

[exer:5.1.37] Suppose \(p\) and \(q\) are continuous on \((a,b)\) and \(x_0\) is in \((a,b)\). Let \(y_1\) and \(y_2\) be the solutions of

\[y''+p(x)y'+q(x)y=0 \eqno{\rm (A)}\nonumber \]

such that

\[y_1(x_0)=1, \quad y'_1(x_0)=0\mbox{\quad and \quad} y_2(x_0)=0,\; y'_2(x_0)=1.\nonumber \]

(Theorem [thmtype:5.1.1} implies that each of these initial value problems has a unique solution on \((a,b)\).)

Show that \(\{y_1,y_2\}\) is linearly independent on \((a,b)\).

Show that an arbitrary solution \(y\) of (A) on \((a,b)\) can be written as \(y=y(x_0)y_1+y'(x_0)y_2\).

Express the solution of the initial value problem

\[y''+p(x)y'+q(x)y=0,\quad y(x_0)=k_0,\quad y'(x_0)=k_1\nonumber \]

as a linear combination of \(y_1\) and \(y_2\).

[exer:5.1.38] Find solutions \(y_1\) and \(y_2\) of the equation \(y''=0\) that satisfy the initial conditions

\[y_1(x_0)=1, \quad y'_1(x_0)=0 \mbox{\quad and \quad} y_2(x_0)=0, \quad y'_2(x_0)=1.\nonumber \]

Then use Exercise [exer:5.1.37} **(c)** to write the solution of the initial value problem

\[y''=0,\quad y(0)=k_0,\quad y'(0)=k_1\nonumber \]

as a linear combination of \(y_1\) and \(y_2\).

[exer:5.1.39] Let \(x_0\) be an arbitrary real number. Given (Example

Example \(\PageIndex{1}\):

Add text here. For the automatic number to work, you need to add the “AutoNum” template (preferably at5.1.1} ) that \(e^x\) and \(e^{-x}\) are solutions of \(y''-y=0\), find solutions \(y_1\) and \(y_2\) of \(y''-y=0\) such that

\[y_1(x_0)=1, \quad y'_1(x_0)=0\mbox{\quad and \quad} y_2(x_0)=0,\; y'_2(x_0)=1.\nonumber \]

Then use Exercise [exer:5.1.37}**(c)**to write the solution of the initial value problem

\[y''-y=0,\quad y(x_0)=k_0,\quad y'(x_0)=k_1\nonumber \]

as a linear combination of \(y_1\) and \(y_2\).[exer:5.1.40] Let \(x_0\) be an arbitrary real number. Given (Example

Example \(\PageIndex{1}\):

Add text here. For the automatic number to work, you need to add the “AutoNum” template (preferably at5.1.2} ) that \(\cos\omega x\) and \(\sin\omega x\) are solutions of \(y''+\omega^2y=0\), find solutions of \(y''+\omega^2y=0\) such that

\[y_1(x_0)=1, \quad y'_1(x_0)=0\mbox{\quad and \quad} y_2(x_0)=0,\; y'_2(x_0)=1.\nonumber \]

Then use Exercise [exer:5.1.37}**(c)**to write the solution of the initial value problem

\[y''+\omega^2y=0,\quad y(x_0)=k_0,\quad y'(x_0)=k_1\nonumber \]

as a linear combination of \(y_1\) and \(y_2\). Use the identities\[\begin{aligned} \cos(A+B)&=&\cos A\cos B-\sin A\sin B\\ \sin(A+B)&=&\sin A\cos B+\cos A\sin B\end{aligned}\nonumber \]

to simplify your expressions for \(y_1\), \(y_2\), and \(y\).[exer:5.1.41] Recall from Exercise [exer:5.1.4} that \(1/(x-1)\) and \(1/(x+1)\) are solutions of

\[(x^2-1)y''+4xy'+2y=0 \eqno{\rm (A)}\nonumber \]

on \((-1,1)\). Find solutions of (A) such that\[y_1(0)=1, \quad y'_1(0)=0\mbox{\quad and \quad} y_2(0)=0,\; y'_2(0)=1.\nonumber \]

Then use Exercise [exer:5.1.37}**(c)**to write the solution of initial value problem

\[(x^2-1)y''+4xy'+2y=0,\quad y(0)=k_0,\quad y'(0)=k_1\nonumber \]

as a linear combination of \(y_1\) and \(y_2\).[exer:5.1.42]

Verify that \(y_1=x^2\) and \(y_2=x^3\) satisfy

\[x^2y''-4xy'+6y=0 \eqno{\rm (A)}\nonumber \]

on \((-\infty,\infty)\) and that \(\{y_1,y_2\}\) is a fundamental set of solutions of (A) on \((-\infty,0)\) and \((0,\infty)\).Let \(a_1\), \(a_2\), \(b_1\), and \(b_2\) be constants. Show that

\[y=\left\{\begin{array}{rr} a_1x^2+a_2x^3,&x\ge 0,\\ b_1x^2+b_2x^3,&x<0\phantom{,} \end{array}\right.\nonumber \]

is a solution of (A) on \((-\infty,\infty)\) if and only if \(a_1=b_1\). From this, justify the statement that \(y\) is a solution of (A) on \((-\infty,\infty)\) if and only if\[y=\left\{\begin{array}{rr} c_1x^2+c_2x^3,&x\ge 0,\\ c_1x^2+c_3x^3,&x<0, \end{array}\right.\nonumber \]

where \(c_1\), \(c_2\), and \(c_3\) are arbitrary constants.For what values of \(k_0\) and \(k_1\) does the initial value problem

\[x^2y''-4xy'+6y=0,\quad y(0)=k_0,\quad y'(0)=k_1\nonumber \]

have a solution? What are the solutions?Show that if \(x_0\ne0\) and \(k_0,k_1\) are arbitrary constants, the initial value problem

\[x^2y''-4xy'+6y=0,\quad y(x_0)=k_0,\quad y'(x_0)=k_1 \eqno{\rm (B)}\nonumber \]

has infinitely many solutions on \((-\infty,\infty)\). On what interval does (B) have a unique solution?[exer:5.1.43]

Verify that \(y_1=x\) and \(y_2=x^2\) satisfy

\[x^2y''-2xy'+2y=0 \eqno{\rm (A)}\nonumber \]

on \((-\infty,\infty)\) and that \(\{y_1,y_2\}\) is a fundamental set of solutions of (A) on \((-\infty,0)\) and \((0,\infty)\).Let \(a_1\), \(a_2\), \(b_1\), and \(b_2\) be constants. Show that

\[y=\left\{\begin{array}{rr} a_1x+a_2x^2,&x\ge 0,\\ b_1x+b_2x^2,&x<0\phantom{,} \end{array}\right.\nonumber \]

is a solution of (A) on \((-\infty,\infty)\) if and only if \(a_1=b_1\) and \(a_2=b_2\). From this, justify the statement that the general solution of (A) on \((-\infty,\infty)\) is \(y=c_1x+c_2x^2\), where \(c_1\) and \(c_2\) are arbitrary constants.For what values of \(k_0\) and \(k_1\) does the initial value problem

\[x^2y''-2xy'+2y=0,\quad y(0)=k_0,\quad y'(0)=k_1\nonumber \]

have a solution? What are the solutions?Show that if \(x_0\ne0\) and \(k_0,k_1\) are arbitrary constants then the initial value problem

\[x^2y''-2xy'+2y=0,\quad y(x_0)=k_0,\quad y'(x_0)=k_1\nonumber \]

has a unique solution on \((-\infty,\infty)\).[exer:5.1.44]

Verify that \(y_1=x^3\) and \(y_2=x^4\) satisfy

\[x^2y''-6xy'+12y=0 \eqno{\rm (A)}\nonumber \]

on \((-\infty,\infty)\), and that \(\{y_1,y_2\}\) is a fundamental set of solutions of (A) on \((-\infty,0)\) and \((0,\infty)\).Show that \(y\) is a solution of (A) on \((-\infty,\infty)\) if and only if

\[y=\left\{\begin{array}{rr} a_1x^3+a_2x^4,&x\ge 0,\\ b_1x^3+b_2x^4,&x<0, \end{array}\right.\nonumber \]

where \(a_1\), \(a_2\), \(b_1\), and \(b_2\) are arbitrary constants.For what values of \(k_0\) and \(k_1\) does the initial value problem

\[x^2y''-6xy'+12y=0, \quad y(0)=k_0,\quad y'(0)=k_1\nonumber \]

have a solution? What are the solutions?Show that if \(x_0\ne0\) and \(k_0,k_1\) are arbitrary constants then the initial value problem

\[x^2y''-6xy'+12y=0, \quad y(x_0)=k_0,\quad y'(x_0)=k_1 \eqno{\rm (B)}\nonumber \]

has infinitely many solutions on \((-\infty,\infty)\). On what interval does (B) have a unique solution?