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### First Order Linear Equations

#### Additional Examples

Solve the following initial value problem
$$
\begin{align}
\frac{dy}{dx} - 4 y &= 8\exp(-5 x) \\
y(0) &= 10
\end{align}
$$
This is a linear equation. First we find the general solution following the paradigm.
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- Find the integrating factor $$ \mu(x) = \exp(\int -4 dx) = \exp(-4x) $$
- Multiply through by the integrating factor $$ \exp(-4x) \frac{dy}{dx} - 4\exp(-4x)y = 8\exp(-5 x)\exp(-4x) = 8\exp(-9x) $$
- Recognize the left-hand-side as $\displaystyle \frac{d}{dx}(\mu(x)y).$ $$ \frac{d}{dx}(\exp(-4x)y) =8\exp(-9x) $$
- Integrate both sides. $$ \exp(-4x)y = -(8/9)exp(-9x) + C $$
- Divide through by $\mu(x)$ to solve for $ y.$ $$y = -(8/9)exp(-5x) + C\exp(4x) $$

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