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### First Order Linear Equations

#### Additional Examples

Solve the following initial value problem
$$
\begin{align}
\frac{dy}{dx} - 6 y &= -9\exp(-6 x) \\
y(0) &= -5
\end{align}
$$
This is a linear equation. First we find the general solution following the paradigm.
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- Find the integrating factor $$ \mu(x) = \exp(\int -6 dx) = \exp(-6x) $$
- Multiply through by the integrating factor $$ \exp(-6x) \frac{dy}{dx} - 6\exp(-6x)y = -9\exp(-6 x)\exp(-6x) = -9\exp(-12x) $$
- Recognize the left-hand-side as $\displaystyle \frac{d}{dx}(\mu(x)y).$ $$ \frac{d}{dx}(\exp(-6x)y) =-9\exp(-12x) $$
- Integrate both sides. $$ \exp(-6x)y = (3/4)exp(-12x) + C $$
- Divide through by $\mu(x)$ to solve for $ y.$ $$y = (3/4)exp(-6x) + C\exp(6x) $$

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