is called a Bernoulli differential equation where is any real number other than 0 or 1. It is named after Jacob Bernoulli, who discussed it in 1695. Bernoulli equations are special because they are nonlinear differential equations with known exact solutions. A famous special case of the Bernoulli equation is the logistic differential equation.
Transformation to a linear differential equationEdit
When , the differential equation is linear. When , it is separable. In these cases, standard techniques for solving equations of those forms can be applied. For and , the substitution reduces any Bernoulli equation to a linear differential equation. For example, in the case , making the substitution in the differential equation produces the equation , which is a linear differential equation.
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