# Phase portrait of a linear system

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Please solve the following ordinary differential equations problem.

For what values of the parameters a and b does the linear system x' = Ax have a sink at the origin, given the matrix of the system to be:

A = [ a -b ]

[ b 2 ]

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The following theorem can be found in many Differential equation textbook

Theorem: Let and and consider the linear system .

(a) If , then the system has a saddle at the origin.

(b) If and , then the system has a node at the origin; it is stable if and unstable if .

(c) If , , and then the system has ...

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