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## How do you use integrating factors?

We multiply both sides of the differential equation by the integrating factor I which is defined as **I eu222b P dx. u21d4 Iy u222b IQ dx since d dx (Iy) I dy dx + IPy by the product rule. As both I and Q are functions involving only x in most of the problems you are likely to meet, u222b IQ dx can usually be found.**

## How do you know when to use integrating factor?

We need an integration factor **when a differential equation is not exact. It is a function f(x,y) of x and y such that the given equation in the form M(x,y). dx +N(x,y). dy 0 becomes exact when multiplied by f(x,y).**

## What is the method of integrating factors?

We need an integration factor **when a differential equation is not exact. It is a function f(x,y) of x and y such that the given equation in the form M(x,y). dx +N(x,y). dy 0 becomes exact when multiplied by f(x,y).**

## When can you use integrating factors?

The usage of integrating factor is to find a solution to differential equation. Integrating factor is used **when we have the following first order linear differential equation. It can be homogeneous(when Q(x)0) or non homogeneous. where P(x) Q(x) is a function of x.**

## Why do we need integrating factor?

In Maths, an integrating factor is **a function used to solve differential equations. It is a function in which an ordinary differential equation can be multiplied to make the function integrable. It is usually applied to solve ordinary differential equations. Also, we can use this factor within multivariable calculus.**

## How do you use the integrating factor method?

Such a function u03bc is called an integrating factor of the original equation and is guaranteed to exist if the given differential equation actually has a solution. Integrating factors turn **nonexact equations into exact ones.**