Series Solution of a Cauchy-Euler Equation

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This Demonstration shows the solution to the Cauchy–Euler equation with initial conditions and and approximations to it using truncated series.

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Assume solutions have the form

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Take the first and second derivatives of this equation and substitute back into the original equation. If the equation is to be satisfied for all , the coefficient of each power of must be zero. This gives a quadratic equation in with roots and . Then the coefficients , , , … can be determined. The two solutions for are:

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The final solution (plotted in blue) has the form , where and are determined by the initial conditions. With not too many terms it serves as a good approximation to the exact solution (plotted in red).

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Contributed by: Stephen Wilkerson (December 2010)
(United States Military Academy West Point, Department of Mathematics)
Open content licensed under CC BY-NC-SA


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This example comes from Chapter 8 of [1] on series solutions and the Cauchy–Euler equation.

Reference

[1] J. R. Brannan and W. E. Boyce, Differential Equations with Boundary Value Problems: An Introduction to Modern Methods and Applications, New York: John Wiley and Sons, 2010.



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