Variation of Parameters Method of Solving Non Homogeneous Differential Equations
We start from the nonhomogeneous differential equationThe associated homogeneous equationhas fundamental – linearly independent – solutionsandand then the general solution of the associated homogeneous equation iswhereandare constants. The general solution of the original nonhomogeneous equation iswhereis a particular solution of the original nonhomogeneous equation. The method of variation of parameters looks for a particular solutionof the formwhich means finding the functionsandBy substitutinginto the original nonhomogeneous equation we obtain the simultaneous equations
Solving these equations simultaneously gives
whereis the determinant of the matrix – this determinant is called the Wronskian.
Find two fundamental solutions of the homogeneous equation
Write down the form of the particular solution
Write down the answer