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The previous exercise shows that this solution is unique. 7 Scalar autonomous ODEs For the most part when considering ﬁrst order equations we will concentrate on ﬁnding explicit solutions. However, in this chapter we will see how, for the particular class of equations of the form dx = f (x), dt we can understand the solutions ‘qualitatively’, even if we cannot (or do not) write down their solutions explicitly. g. ‘any solution starting with x(0) between zero and one tends to x = 1 as t → ∞’ or ‘the point x = −1 is stable’.

4. 1 (C) Plot the graphs of the following functions: (i) y(t) = sin 5t sin 50t for 0 ≤ t ≤ 3, (ii) x(t) = e−t (cos 2t + sin 2t) for 0 ≤ t ≤ 5, (iii) t T (t) = e−(t−s) sin s ds 0 ≤ t ≤ 7, for 0 (iv) x(t) = t ln t for 0 ≤ t ≤ 5, (v) plot y against x, where x(t) = Be−t + Ate−t and y(t) = Ae−t , for A and B taking integer values between −3 and 3. 8, 1, 2, 3 and 4; (v) E(x, y) = y 2 + x 3 − x for − 2 ≤ x, y ≤ 2. 5 ‘Trivial’ differential equations In this chapter we consider the simplest possible kind of differential equation, one that can be solved directly by integration.

In the statement of the theorem we use R to denote the set of all real numbers, and [a, b] denotes the closed interval a ≤ x ≤ b. 1 The more puzzling word ‘primitive’ is sometimes used instead of ‘anti-derivative’. 1 The Fundamental Theorem of Calculus 23 G(x) 0 a x Fig. 1. G(x) is the area under the graph of f between a and x. 1). e. for any F with F = f ). 3) in the more convenient shorthand b a b f (x) dx = . 5) 24 5 ‘Trivial’ differential equations f(x) G(x+δx) −G(x) 0 x x+δx Fig. 2. f is essentially constant on the narrow strip [x, x + ␦x].