As an alternative proof that the functions er1x,er2x, . . . , ernx are linearly independent on when r1,r2 . . . . ,rn are distinct, assume holds for all x in and proceed as follows:

(a) Because the ri’s are distinct we can (if necessary) relabel them so that r1 > r2 > . . . > rn. Divide equation (33) by er1x to obtain Now let on the left-hand side to Obtain C1=0

(b) Since C1=0, equation (33) becomes for all x in Divide this equation by er2x and let to conclude that C2=0

(c) Continuing in the manner of (b), argue that all the coefficients, C1, C2, . . . , Cn are zero and hence er1x,er2x, . . . ,erex are linearly independent on

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