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Re: O.D.E in Power Series

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  • Subject: [mg18301] Re: O.D.E in Power Series
  • From: "Atul Sharma" <mdsa at>
  • Date: Fri, 25 Jun 1999 22:24:10 -0400
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You might want to check out the following site:

It is the entry on method SeriesForm for the package ODE.m, also available
at the authors site. This excellent package accompanies the book
Introduction to Ordinary Differential Equations by Gray, Mezzino and Pinsky,
expanding the functionality of the built in DSolve command.

For example, I ran your question through it's ODE function, specifying a
solution using Method->SeriesForm. The answer

In[14]:= ODE [y''[x]-2(x+3)y'[x]-3y[x]==0,y,x,Method->SeriesForm]

Out[14]:= y ->(1 + 3x^2/2 +3 x^3 +43 x^4/8 +39 x^5/5) C[1] + (x+3 x^2+41
x^3/6+12 x^4 +699 x^5 /40) C[2]

Although setting up the series solution is straight forward, there have been
a number of times that loading the ODE package has justified the cost of
this text for me. The code is also available and well documented.

A. Sharma

ALAN S BLOOM wrote in message <7ku0dk$9a1 at>...
>I am trying to solve this equation below:
>y''-2(x+3)y'-3y=0 with the DSolve command.
>DSolve [y''[x]-2(x+3)y'[x]-3y[x]==0,y[x],x]
>How can I make it work?

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