Euler’s Method

Here’s a short question that will give you an opportunity to practice using Euler’s Method. Complete this before our lesson tomorrow.

Use Euler’s Method to find the approximate value of \(f(3)\) if \(y=f(x)\) is the solution to
\[\frac{\textrm{d}y}{\textrm{d}x} = y^2-x\]passing through \((2,1)\). Use a step length of \(0.5\).

(Notice that this is a first-order nonlinear DE that is neither separable hor homogeneous, so we won’t be able to use any methods available in the course to find an explicit solution for this DE.)

Separable Variables Differential Equations

In today’s lesson we determined that \(y=\pm\sqrt{x^2+C}-1\), for \(C\in\mathbb{R}\), is the general solution to the differential equation


As a quick exercise tonight, verify that functions of this form are indeed solutions to the differential equation.

Improper Integrals 2

One of the questions that we had a brief look at today is posted below. Our discussion in class dealt with the case for \(p\leq1\), so all we need now to consider is the case where \(p>1\). A comparison test may prove to be difficult, so can you think of another way to establish this result?

For which values of \(p\) does \(\displaystyle{\int_e^\infty \frac{\ln x}{x^p}\textrm{d}x}\) converge?

Proof by Induction

Here’s a short homework assignment on proof by indication, to be collected on Monday, February 6th.

Show that \(6^n+4\) is divisible by \(10\) for all \(n \in \mathbb{Z}^+\).

You can download the template from class here.