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# Solve the differential equation $\frac{dy}{dx}+\frac{-y}{x}=\frac{x}{3y}$

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$y=\sqrt{\frac{2}{3}\ln\left(x\right)+C_0}x,\:y=-\sqrt{\frac{2}{3}\ln\left(x\right)+C_0}x$
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We identify that the differential equation $\frac{dy}{dx}+\frac{-y}{x}=\frac{x}{3y}$ is a Bernoulli differential equation since it's of the form $\frac{dy}{dx}+P(x)y=Q(x)y^n$, where $n$ is any real number different from $0$ and $1$. To solve this equation, we can apply the following substitution. Let's define a new variable $u$ and set it equal to

$u=y^{\left(1-n\right)}$
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Plug in the value of $n$, which equals $-1$

$u=y^{\left(1-1\cdot -1\right)}$
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Simplify

$u=y^{2}$
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Isolate the dependent variable $y$

$y=\sqrt{u}$
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Differentiate both sides of the equation with respect to the independent variable $x$

$\frac{dy}{dx}=\frac{1}{2}u^{-\frac{1}{2}}\frac{du}{dx}$
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Now, substitute $\frac{dy}{dx}=\frac{1}{2}u^{-\frac{1}{2}}\frac{du}{dx}$ and $y=\sqrt{u}$ on the original differential equation

$\frac{1}{2}u^{-\frac{1}{2}}\frac{du}{dx}+\frac{-\sqrt{u}}{x}=\frac{x}{3\sqrt{u}}$
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Simplify

$\frac{1}{2}u^{-\frac{1}{2}}\frac{du}{dx}+\frac{-\sqrt{u}}{x}=\frac{x}{3\sqrt{u}}$
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We need to cancel the term that is in front of $\frac{du}{dx}$. We can do that by multiplying the whole differential equation by $\frac{1}{2}\sqrt{u}$

$\left(\frac{1}{2}u^{-\frac{1}{2}}\frac{du}{dx}+\frac{-\sqrt{u}}{x}=\frac{x}{3\sqrt{u}}\right)\left(\frac{1}{2}\sqrt{u}\right)$
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Multiply both sides by $\frac{1}{2}\sqrt{u}$

$\frac{1}{2}\sqrt{u}\left(\frac{1}{2}u^{-\frac{1}{2}}\frac{du}{dx}+\frac{-\sqrt{u}}{x}\right)=\frac{x}{3\sqrt{u}}\frac{1}{2}\sqrt{u}$
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Expand and simplify. Now we see that the differential equation looks like a linear differential equation, because we removed the original $y^{-1}$ term

$\frac{1}{4}\left(\frac{du}{dx}\right)+\frac{-u}{2x}=\frac{1}{6}x$
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Divide all the terms of the differential equation by $\frac{1}{4}$

$\frac{\frac{1}{4}}{\frac{1}{4}}\frac{du}{dx}+\frac{\frac{-u}{2x}}{\frac{1}{4}}=\frac{\frac{1}{6}x}{\frac{1}{4}}$
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Simplifying

$\frac{du}{dx}+\frac{-u}{\frac{1}{2}x}=\frac{\frac{1}{6}x}{\frac{1}{4}}$
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We can identify that the differential equation has the form: $\frac{dy}{dx} + P(x)\cdot y(x) = Q(x)$, so we can classify it as a linear first order differential equation, where $P(x)=\frac{-1}{\frac{1}{2}x}$ and $Q(x)=\frac{\frac{1}{6}x}{\frac{1}{4}}$. In order to solve the differential equation, the first step is to find the integrating factor $\mu(x)$

$\displaystyle\mu\left(x\right)=e^{\int P(x)dx}$
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To find $\mu(x)$, we first need to calculate $\int P(x)dx$

$\int P(x)dx=\int\frac{-1}{\frac{1}{2}x}dx=-2\ln\left(x\right)$
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So the integrating factor $\mu(x)$ is

$\mu(x)=x^{-2}$
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Now, multiply all the terms in the differential equation by the integrating factor $\mu(x)$ and check if we can simplify

$\frac{du}{dx}x^{-2}+\frac{-ux^{-3}}{\frac{1}{2}}=\frac{2}{3}x^{-1}$
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We can recognize that the left side of the differential equation consists of the derivative of the product of $\mu(x)\cdot y(x)$

$\frac{d}{dx}\left(x^{-2}u\right)=\frac{2}{3}x^{-1}$
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Integrate both sides of the differential equation with respect to $dx$

$\int\frac{d}{dx}\left(x^{-2}u\right)dx=\int\frac{2}{3}x^{-1}dx$
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Simplify the left side of the differential equation

$x^{-2}u=\int\frac{2}{3}x^{-1}dx$
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Solve the integral $\int\frac{2}{3}x^{-1}dx$ and replace the result in the differential equation

$x^{-2}u=\frac{2}{3}\ln\left(x\right)+C_0$
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Replace $u$ with the value $y^{2}$

$x^{-2}y^{2}=\frac{2}{3}\ln\left(x\right)+C_0$
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Applying the property of exponents, $\displaystyle a^{-n}=\frac{1}{a^n}$, where $n$ is a number

$\frac{1}{x^{2}}y^{2}=\frac{2}{3}\ln\left(x\right)+C_0$
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Multiply the fraction and term

$\frac{y^{2}}{x^{2}}=\frac{2}{3}\ln\left(x\right)+C_0$
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Find the explicit solution to the differential equation. We need to isolate the variable $y$

$y=\sqrt{\frac{2}{3}\ln\left(x\right)+C_0}x,\:y=-\sqrt{\frac{2}{3}\ln\left(x\right)+C_0}x$

$y=\sqrt{\frac{2}{3}\ln\left(x\right)+C_0}x,\:y=-\sqrt{\frac{2}{3}\ln\left(x\right)+C_0}x$

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A differential equation is a mathematical equation that relates some function with its derivatives.