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Integrating factor of $x\Large \frac{dx}{dy}\normalsize-y=x^4-3x$ is \[(A)\;x\quad(B)\;log x\quad(C)\;\frac{1}{x}\quad(D)\;-x\]

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  • A linear differential equation of the form $\large\frac{dy}{dx}$$+Py=Q$ has the general solution as $y e ^{\int pdx}=\int Q.e^{\int pdx}.dx+c$, where $e^{\int pdx}$ is the integrating factor (I.F)
Given $ x \large\frac{dy}{dx}$$-y=x^4-3x$
Divide throughout by x
Clearly this is a linear differential equation of the form $\large\frac{dy}{dx}$$+Py=Q$
Here $P=\large\frac{-1}{x}$
The Integrating factor $(I.F)=e^{\int pdx}$
$\int pdx=-\int \large \frac{1}{x} $$dx$
$=-\log x \qquad (or)\qquad \log \large\frac{1}{x}$
Hence $I.F=e^{\large[\log ^{\Large\frac{1}{x}}]}$
But $e^{\large\log^{\Large\frac{1}{x}}}$$=\large\frac{1}{x}$
Hence $I.F= \large\frac{1}{x}$
The correct option is $C$
answered May 15, 2013 by meena.p

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