2013 A-level H2 Mathematics (9740) Paper 1 Question 10 Suggested Solutions

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(i)
\frac{dz}{dx} = 3 - 2z

\frac{1}{3-2z} \frac{dz}{dx} = 1

\int \frac{1}{3-2z} dz = \int 1 dx

-\frac{1}{2} \mathrm{ln} |3-2z| = x + C

Since z > \frac{3}{2},

\mathrm{ln} ( 3 -2z )= -2x -2 C

3-2z = e^{-2x  -2C}

2z = 3 - e^{-2x -2c }

z = \frac{3}{2} - Ae^{-2x} where A=\frac{e^{-2C}}{2}

(ii)
\frac{dy}{dx} = z

\frac{dy}{dx} = \frac{3}{2} - Ae^{-2x}

y = \frac{3}{2}x + \frac{Ae^{-2x}}{2} + D

(iii)
\frac{d^{2}y}{dx^{2}} = 2Ae^{-2x}

\frac{d^{2}y}{dx^{2}}= 2(\frac{3}{2} - \frac{dy}{dx})

\frac{d^{2}y}{dx^{2}}= 3 - 2\frac{dy}{dx}

\therefore, a=-2, b = 3

(iv)
Consider A = 0, then y = \frac{3}{2} + D

Let D > 0, so y\frac{3}{2} + 1 and D=0, then y = \frac{3}{2}x

\therefore, \mathrm{they~are} y=\frac{3}{2}x ~\mathrm{and}~ y= \frac{3}{2} + 1

Graph for 10iv

Graph for 10iv

KS Comments:

This is fairly good question. The first part explores students’ abilities to relate a 3-variables differential equation. In (iv), they are expected to understand the question first and set the arbitrary constants to the necessary conditions. Don’t forget to use the graphing calculator to draw the graphs!

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