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I need to solve what is underlined in red for $x_i$, nut currently I'm interested in the right side of the equation only.

On the left I sarted by doing the Laplace transform of $x_u'$ and $x_u$, and this gives the correct solution.

On the right side I tried to derive $x_u$ first, plug everything into the equation and then do the Laplace transform, and this gives a completely different solution. Is this method incorrect? Or am I doing something wrong?


The problem is that you took the derivative of the function


whereas using the Laplace transform you implicitly assumed that $x_u(t)$ equals zero for $t<0$:


where $u(t)$ is the unit step function.

If you take the derivative of $(2)$ then you'll get the same result as with the Laplace transform, taking into account that the derivative of the step function $u(t)$ is the Dirac delta impulse $\delta(t)$:


where I've used the fact that for any function $f(t)$ that is continuous at $t=0$ we have $f(t)\delta(t)=f(0)\delta(t)$. I trust that you can take it from here.


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