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# Find the differential equation of all the ellipse whose centre at origin and axis are along the coordinate axis.

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Hint: We will start by using the fact that the general equation of an ellipse with centre at (h, k) is $\dfrac{{{\left( x-h \right)}^{2}}}{{{a}^{2}}}+\dfrac{{{\left( y-k \right)}^{2}}}{{{b}^{2}}}=1$. Then we will write the equation of the ellipse for the centre at origin and differentiate it twice because for forming a differential equation we have removed arbitrary constants which are two in this case.

Now, we have to find the differential equation of all the ellipses whose centre is at origin and axes are along the coordinate axes.
Now, we know that the equation of an ellipse whose centre is at origin is $\dfrac{{{x}^{2}}}{{{a}^{2}}}+\dfrac{{{y}^{2}}}{{{b}^{2}}}=1$.

Now, since to form a differential equation we have to eliminate the arbitrary constant and to remove. Then we have to differentiate the equation as many time as the number of constant since the equation has 2 constant. So, we have to differentiate is two times.
\begin{align} & \dfrac{{{x}^{2}}}{{{a}^{2}}}+\dfrac{{{y}^{2}}}{{{b}^{2}}}=1 \\ & \dfrac{d}{dx}\left( \dfrac{{{x}^{2}}}{{{a}^{2}}}+\dfrac{{{y}^{2}}}{{{b}^{2}}} \right)=\dfrac{d}{dx}\left( 1 \right) \\ \end{align}
Now, we know that $\dfrac{d}{dx}\left( \text{constant} \right)=0$
\begin{align} & \Rightarrow \dfrac{2x}{{{a}^{2}}}+\dfrac{2y}{{{b}^{2}}}\dfrac{dy}{dx}=0 \\ & \Rightarrow \dfrac{2x}{{{a}^{2}}}+\dfrac{2y}{{{b}^{2}}}\dfrac{dy}{dx}=0 \\ & \Rightarrow \dfrac{2y}{{{b}^{2}}}\dfrac{dy}{dx}=-\dfrac{2x}{{{a}^{2}}} \\ & \Rightarrow \dfrac{2y}{2x}\dfrac{dy}{dx}=-\dfrac{{{b}^{2}}}{{{a}^{2}}} \\ & \Rightarrow \dfrac{y}{x}\dfrac{dy}{dx}=-\dfrac{{{b}^{2}}}{{{a}^{2}}} \\ \end{align}
Now again we will differentiate both sides with respect to x. So, we have,
$\dfrac{d}{dx}\left( \dfrac{y}{x}.y' \right)=\dfrac{d}{dx}\left( -\dfrac{{{b}^{2}}}{{{a}^{2}}} \right)$
Now we know that,
\begin{align} & \dfrac{d}{dx}\left( \dfrac{f\left( x \right)}{g\left( x \right)} \right)=\dfrac{g\left( x \right)f'\left( x \right)-f\left( x \right)g'\left( x \right)}{g{{\left( x \right)}^{2}}} \\ & \dfrac{d}{dx}\left( f\left( x \right).g\left( x \right) \right)=f\left( x \right)g'\left( x \right)+g\left( x \right)f'\left( x \right) \\ \end{align}
So, we have,
\begin{align} & \Rightarrow \dfrac{y}{x}\dfrac{d}{dx}\left( y' \right)+y'\dfrac{d}{dx}\left( \dfrac{y}{x} \right)=0 \\ & \Rightarrow \dfrac{y}{x}{{y}^{“}}+y'\left( \dfrac{xy'-y\times 1}{{{x}^{2}}} \right)=0 \\ & \Rightarrow \dfrac{y}{x}{{y}^{“}}+y'\left( \dfrac{xy'-y}{{{x}^{2}}} \right)=0 \\ & \Rightarrow xy{{y}^{‘’}}+x{{\left( y' \right)}^{2}}-y{{y}^{‘}}=0 \\ \end{align}
is the required differential equation.

Note: To solve such types of questions it is important to note that we have differentiated the equation twice to remove all the arbitrary constants from the differential equation. Generally the number of times an equation has to be differentiated depends on the number of arbitrary constants it has.