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International Journal of Mathematics and Mathematical Sciences
Volume 24, Issue 1, Pages 63-65

Solving linear differential equations by quadratures: comments on a general procedure

1Department of Mathematics, Via Dodecaneso 35, Genova 1646, Italy
2University of Genoa, Dibe, Via Opera Pia 11A, Genova 16145, Italy

Received 3 May 1999

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A procedure is examined which solves systems of linear differential equations by quadratures. A direct check shows that a necessary condition for the procedure cannot be true and hence the procedure does not work.