Finding a particular solutions to a linear inhomogeneous ordinary differential equation has always been a process of determining homogeneous solutions, and then adding any particular solution of the inhomogeneous equation. The well-known methods of undetermined coefficients and

variation of parameters have long been the standard in determining this particular solution. The former has sometimes been considered 'ad-hoc', and both can be intricate. A relatively simple formuila has been found which allows the particular solution to be written and evaluated immediately.

Corollary II.2 manifests the particular solution formula for second order

linear inhomogeneous ordinary diffrential equations. It shows that beyond equations

with constant coefficients, that particular solutions can be quite complicated and

demanding. Indeed, the method of undetermined coefficients is useless in more

demanding problems, and, although using the Wronskian method can be applied,

my Corollary II.2 formula requires only one of the homogeneous solutions be

determined - and is far more compactly and elegantly written.

For second order ODEs these make the methods of undetermined coefficients and variation of parameters obsolete.

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