## Solving A Firstorder Difference Equation

In solving a differential equation, our objective was to find a time path y(t). As we know, such a time path is a function of time which is totally free from any derivative (or differential) expressions and which is perfectly consistent with the given differential equation as well as with its initial conditions. The time path we seek from a difference equation is similar in nature. Again, it should be a function of t—a formula defining the values of y in every time period—which is consistent with the given difference equation as well as with its initial conditions. Besides, it must not contain any difference expressions such as A yt (or expressions like

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