# Differential Equations

1st Order Equations# Lagrange and Clairaut Equations

Problem 1

Problems 2-4

### Lagrange Equation

A differential equation of type

where \(\varphi \left( {y’} \right)\) and \(\psi \left( {y’} \right)\) are known functions differentiable on a certain interval, is called the Lagrange equation.

By setting \(y’ = p\) and differentiating with respect to \(x,\) we get the general solution of the equation in parametric form:

x = f\left( {p,C} \right)\\

y = f\left( {p,C} \right)\varphi \left( p \right) + \psi \left( p \right)

\end{array} \right.\]

provided that

where \(p\) is a parameter.

Lagrange equation may also have a singular solution if the condition \(\varphi \left( p \right) – p\) \( \ne 0\) is failed. The singular solution is given by the expression:

where \(c\) is the root of the equation \(\varphi \left( p \right) – p\) \( = 0.\)

### Clairaut Equation

The Clairaut equation has the form:

where \(\psi \left( {y’} \right)\) is a nonlinear differentiable function. The Clairaut equation is a particular case of the Lagrange equation when \(\varphi \left( {y’} \right) = y’.\) It is solved in the same way by introducing a parameter. The general solution is given by

where \(C\) is an arbitrary constant.

Similarly to the Lagrange equation, the Clairaut equation may have a singular solution that is expressed parametrically in the form:

x = – \psi’\left( p \right)\\

y = xp + \psi \left( p \right)

\end{array} \right.,\]

where \(p\) is a parameter.

## Solved Problems

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### ✓ Example 1

Find the general and singular solutions of the differential equation \(y = 2xy’ – 3{\left( {y’} \right)^2}.\)

### ✓ Example 2

Find the general and singular solutions of the equation \(2y – 4xy’ \) \(- \ln y’ \) \(= 0.\)

### ✓ Example 3

Find the general and singular solutions of the differential equation \(y = xy’ + {\left( {y’} \right)^2}.\)

### ✓ Example 4

Find the general and singular solutions of the differential equation \(y = xy’ +\) \(\sqrt {{{\left( {y’} \right)}^2} + 1} .\)

### Example 1.

Find the general and singular solutions of the differential equation \(y = 2xy’ – 3{\left( {y’} \right)^2}.\)

*Solution.*

Here we see that we deal with a Lagrange equation. We will solve it using the method of differentiation.

Denote \(y’ = p,\) so the equation is written in the form:

Differentiating both sides, we find:

We can replace \(dy\) with \(pdx:\)

{{pdx = 2xdp }+{ 2pdx – 6pdp,\;\;}}\Rightarrow

{ – pdx = 2xdp – 6pdp.}

\]

By dividing by \(p,\) we can write the following equation (later we check if \(p = 0\) is a solution of the original equation):

{- dx = \frac{{2x}}{p}dp – 6dp,\;\;}\Rightarrow

{\frac{{dx}}{{dp}} + \frac{2}{p}x – 6 = 0.}

\]

As it can be seen, we obtain a linear equation for the function \(x\left( p \right).\) The integrating factor is

{u\left( p \right) = \exp \left( {\int {\frac{2}{p}dp} } \right) }

= {\exp \left( {2\ln \left| p \right|} \right) }

= {\exp \left( {\ln {{\left| p \right|}^2}} \right) }

= {{\left| p \right|^2} }

= {{p^2}.}

\]

The general solution of the linear equation is given by

{x\left( p \right) }={ \frac{{\int {{p^2} \cdot 6dp} + C}}{{{p^2}}} }

= {\frac{{\frac{{6{p^3}}}{3} + C}}{{{p^2}}} }

= {2p + \frac{C}{{{p^2}}}.}

\]

Substituting this expression for \(x\) into the Lagrange equation, we obtain:

{y }={ 2\left( {2p + \frac{C}{{{p^2}}}} \right)p – 3{p^2} }

= {4{p^2} + \frac{{2C}}{p} – 3{p^2} }

= {{p^2} + \frac{{2C}}{p}.}

\]

Thus, the general solution in parametric form is defined by the system of equations:

x\left( p \right) = 2p + \frac{C}{{{p^2}}}\\

y\left( p \right) = {p^2} + \frac{{2C}}{p}

\end{array} \right..\]

Besides that, the Lagrange equation can have a singular solution. Solving the equation \(\varphi \left( p \right) – p = 0,\) we find the root:

Hence, the singular solution is expressed by the linear function:

Problem 1

Problems 2-4