We discuss the existence of solutions for the firstorder multipoint BVPs on time scale : , , , where is a parameter, is a fixed number, , is continuous, is regressive and rdcontinuous, , , , , and . For suitable , some existence, multiplicity, and nonexistence criteria of positive solutions are established by using wellknown results from the fixedpoint index.
1. Introduction
Let be a time scale (a nonempty closed subset of the real line ). We discuss the existence of positive solutions to the firstorder multipoint BVPs on time scale :
where is a fixed number, , is continuous, is regressive and rdcontinuous, , and , is defined in its standard form; see [1, page 59] for details.
The multipoint boundary value problems arise in a variety of different areas of applied mathematics and physics. For example, the vibrations of a guy wire of a uniform crosssection and composed of parts of different densities can be set up as a multipoint boundary value problem [2]; also many problems in the theory of elastic stability can be handled by a multipoint problem [3]. So, the existence of solutions to multipoint boundary value problems have been studied by many authors; see [4–13] and the reference therein. Especially, in recent years the existence of positive solutions to multipoint boundary value problems on time scales has caught considerable attention; see [10–14]. For other background on dynamic equations on time scales, one can see [1, 15–18].
Our ideas arise from [13, 16]. In [13], Tian and Ge discussed the existence of positive solutions to nonlinear firstorder threepoint boundary value problems on time scale :
where is continuous, is regressive and rdcontinuous, and . The existence results are based on Krasnoselskii's fixedpoint theorem in cones and LeggettWilliams's theorem.
As we can see, if we take ,,, and for , then (1.1) is reduced to (1.2). Because of the influence of the parameter , it will be more difficult to solve (1.1) than to solve (1.2).
In 2009, by using the fixedpoint index theory, Sun and Li [16] discussed the existence of positive solutions to the firstorder PBVPs on time scale :
For suitable , they gave some existence, multiplicity, and nonexistence criteria of positive solutions.
Motivated by the above results, by using the wellknown fixedpoint index theory [16, 19], we attempt to obtain some existence, multiplicity and nonexistence criteria of positive solutions to (1.1) for suitable .
The rest of this paper is arranged as follows. Some preliminary results including Green's function are given in Section 2. In Section 3, we obtain some useful lemmas for the proof of the main result. In Section 4, some existence and multiplicity results are established. At last, some nonexistence results are given in Section 5.
2. Preliminaries
Throughout the rest of this paper, we make the following assumptions:
is continuous and for ,
is rdcontinuous, which implies that (where is defined in [16, 18, 20]).
Moreover, let
Our main tool is the wellknown results from the fixedpoint index, which we state here for the convenience of the reader.
Theorem 2.1 (see [19]).
Let be a Banach space and be a cone in . For , we define . Assume that is completely continuous such for .
(i)If for , then
(ii)If for , then
Let be equipped with the norm . It is easy to see that is a Banach space.
For , we consider the following linear BVP:
For , define
Lemma 2.2.
For , the linear BVP (2.4)(2.5) has a solution if and only if satisfies
where
Proof.
By (2.4), we have
So,
And so,
Combining this with (2.5), we get
Lemma 2.3.
If the function is defined in (2.7), then may be expressed by
where
Proof.
When ,
()For ,
()For ,
()For ,
When , ,
()For ,
()For ,
()For ,
()For ,
When ,
()For ,
()For ,
()For ,
Lemma 2.4.
Green's function has the following properties.
(i),
(ii) where
(iii),
Proof.
This proof is similar to [13, Lemma ], so we omit it.
Now, we define a cone in as follows:
where . For , let and .
For , define an operator :
Similar to the proof of [13, Lemma ], we can see that is completely continuous. By the above discussions, its not difficult to see that being a solution of BVP (1.1) equals the solution that is a fixed point of the operator .
3. Some Lemmas
Lemma 3.1.
Let . If and , , then
Proof.
Since and , , we have
Lemma 3.2.
Let . If and , , then
Proof.
Since and , , we have
Lemma 3.3.
Let . If , then
where ; .
Proof.
Since , we have , . So,
4. Some Existence and Multiplicity Results
Theorem 4.1.
Assume that (H1) and (H2) hold and that . Then the BVP (1.1) has at least two positive solutions for
Proof.
Let . Then it follows from (4.1) and Lemma 3.3 that
In view of Theorem 2.1, we have
Now, combined with the definition of , we may choose such that for and uniformly, where satisfies
So,
In view of (4.1), (4.4), (4.5), and Lemma 3.2, we have
It follows from Theorem 2.1 that
By (4.3) and (4.7), we get
This shows that has a fixed point in , which is a positive solution of the BVP (1.1).
Now, by the definition of , there exits an such that for and , where is chosen so that
Let . Then for , , . So,
In view of (4.1), (4.9), and Lemma 3.2, we have
It follows from Theorem 2.1 that
By (4.3) and (4.12), we get
This shows that has a fixed point in , which is another positive solution of the BVP (1.1).
Similar to the proof of Theorem 4.1, we have the following results.
Theorem 4.2.
Suppose that (H1) and (H2) hold and
Then,
(i)equation (1.1) has at least one positive solution if ,
(ii)equation (1.1) has at least one positive solution if ,
(iii)equation (1.1) has at least two positive solutions if .
Theorem 4.3.
Assume that (H1) and (H2) hold. If , then the BVP (1.1) has at least two positive solutions for
Proof.
Let . Then it follows from (4.15) and Lemma 3.3 that
In view of Theorem 2.1, we have
Since , we may choose such that for and , where satisfies So,
In view of (4.15), (4.18), and Lemma 3.1, we have
It follows from Theorem 2.1 that
By (4.17) and (4.20), we get
This shows that has a fixed point in , which is a positive solution of the BVP (1.1).
Now, by the definition of , there exists an such that for and , where satisfies
Let . Then for , , . So,
Combined with (4.22) and Lemma 3.1, we have
It follows from Theorem 2.1 that
By (4.17) and (4.25), we get
This shows that has a fixed point in , which is another positive solution of the BVP (1.1).
Similar to the proof of Theorem 4.3, we have the following results.
Theorem 4.4.
Suppose that (H1) and (H2) hold and that
Then,
(i)equation (1.1) has at least one positive solution if ,
(ii)equation (1.1) has at least one positive solution if ,
(iii) equation (1.1) has at least two positive solutions if .
Theorem 4.5.
Suppose that (H1) and (H2) hold. If , then the BVP (1.1) has at least one positive solution for
Proof.
We only deal with the case that , . The other three cases can be discussed similarly.
Let satisfy (4.28) and let be chosen such that
From the definition of , we know that there exists a constant such that for and . So,
This combines with (4.29) and Lemma 3.2, we have
It follows from Theorem 2.1 that
On the other hand, from the definition of , there exists an such that for and . Let . Then for , , . So,
Combined with (4.29) and Lemma 3.1, we have
It follows from Theorem 2.1 that
By (4.32) and (4.35), we get
which implies that the BVP (1.1) has at least one positive solution in .
Remark 4.6.
By making some minor modifications to the proof of Theorem 4.5, we can obtain the existence of at least one positive solution, if one of the following conditions is satisfied:
(i), and.
(ii), and.
(iii), and.
(iv), and.
Remark 4.7.
From Conditions (ii) and (iv) of Remark 4.6, we know that the conclusion in Theorem 4.5 holds for in these two cases. By and , there exist two positive constants such that, for ,
This is the condition of Theorem of [13]. By and , there exist two positive constants such that for ,
This is the condition of Theorem of [13]. So, our conclusions extend and improve the results of [13].
5. Some Nonexistence Results
Theorem 5.1.
Assume that (H1) and (H2) hold. If and , then the BVP (1.1) has no positive solutions for sufficiently small .
Proof.
In view of the definition of , there exist positive constants , and satisfying and
Let
Then and we have
We assert that the BVP (1.1) has no positive solutions for .
Suppose on the contrary that the BVP (1.1) has a positive solution for . Then from (5.3) and Lemma 3.2, we get
which is a contradiction.
Theorem 5.2.
Assume that (H1) and (H2) hold. If and , then the BVP (1.1) has no positive solutions for sufficiently large .
Proof.
By the definition of , there exist positive constants , , and satisfying , , , and
Let
Then and we have
We assert that the BVP (1.1) has no positive solutions for .
Suppose on the contrary that the BVP (1.1) has a positive solution for . Then from (5.7) and Lemma 3.1 we get
which is a contradiction.
Corollary 5.3.
Assume that (H1) and (H2) hold. If and , then the BVP (1.1) has no positive solutions for sufficiently large .
Acknowledgments
This work was supported by the NSFC Young Item (no. 70901016), HSSF of Ministry of Education of China (no. 09YJA790028), Program for Innovative Research Team of Liaoning Educational Committee (no. 2008T054), the NSF of Liaoning Province (no. L09DJY065), and NWNULKQN093
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