Additional Topics on the Equations of Order One

Integrating Factors Found by Inspection

The following are the four exact differentials that occurs frequently.

  1. $d(xy) = x \, dy + y \, dx$
     
  2. $d\left( \dfrac{x}{y} \right) = \dfrac{y \, dx - x \, dy}{y^2}$
     
  3. $d\left( \dfrac{y}{x} \right) = \dfrac{x \, dy - y \, dx}{x^2}$
     
  4. $d\left( \arctan \dfrac{y}{x} \right) = \dfrac{x \, dy - y \, dx}{x^2 + y^2}$
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  6. $d\left( \arctan \dfrac{x}{y} \right) = \dfrac{y \, dx - x \, dy}{x^2 + y^2}$

 

Differential Equations of Order One

Separation of Variables

Given the differential equation
 

$M(x, y)\,dx + N(x, y)\,dy = 0$   ←   Equation (1)

 

where M and N may be functions of both x and y. If the above equation can be transformed into the form
 

$f(x)\,dx + f(y)\,dy = 0$   ←   Equation (2)

 

where f(x) is a function of x alone and f(y) is a function of y alone, equation (1) is called variables separable.