This paper investigates the existence of concave symmetric positive solutions and establishes corresponding iterative schemes for a second-order boundary value problem with integral boundary conditions. The main tool is a monotone iterative technique. Meanwhile, an example is worked out to demonstrate the main results.
Keywords:integral boundary conditions; iterative; monotone positive solution; symmetric; completely continuous
The theory of boundary value problems with integral boundary conditions for ordinary differential equations arises in different areas of applied mathematics and physics. For example, heat conduction, chemical engineering, underground water flow, thermo-elasticity, and plasma physics can be reduced to the nonlinear problems with integral boundary conditions; we refer readers to [1-3] for examples and references.
At the same time, boundary value problems with integral boundary conditions constitute a very interesting and important class of problems. They include two, three, multipoint and nonlocal boundary value problems as special cases.
Hence, increasing attention is paid to boundary value problems with integral boundary conditions [4-8]. Generally, the Guo-Krasnosel’ skii fixed point theorem in a cone, the Leggett-Williams fixed point theorem, the method of upper and lower solutions and the monotone iterative technique play extremely important roles in proving the existence of solutions to boundary value problems. In particular, we would like to mention some excellent results.
In , Ma studied the following problem:
In 2010, Wang et al. considered the second-order boundary value problem with the integral boundary conditions
where ϕ, f, and are continuous, and are nonnegative constants. The existence result was obtained by applying the method of upper and lower solutions and Leray-Schauder degree theory. Theorem 1 (see ) supposed that the upper and lower solutions exist, and then, the theory of differential inequalities was used to prove that there is a solution to the boundary value problem between the upper and lower solutions.
Different from ,  is not based on the assumption that the upper and lower solutions to the boundary value problem should exist, but constructs the specific form of the symmetric upper and lower solutions. The author in  investigated a second-order Sturm-Liouville boundary value problem
And by applying monotone iterative techniques, author proved the existence of n symmetric positive solutions.
To the best of our knowledge, no contribution exists concerning the existence of solutions for a boundary value problem with integral boundary conditions by applying monotone iterative techniques. Inspired by the work mentioned above, we concentrate on the following problem:
The difficulty of this paper is that the nonlinear term f depends on , which leads to complexities to prove the properties of the operator T, especially the monotonicity of the operator T. In Lemma 2.2, we skillfully use the cone’s character to overcome the mentioned obstacle. In addition, it is worth stating that the first term of our iterative scheme is a simple function or a constant function. Therefore, the iterative scheme is feasible. Under the appropriate assumptions on nonlinear term, this paper aims to establish a new and general result on the existence of a symmetric positive solution to BVP (1.1) and (1.2).
Definition 2.2 Let be an ordered Banach space. An operator is said to be nondecreasing (nonincreasing) provided that () for all with . If the inequality is strict, then φ is said to be strictly nondecreasing (nonincreasing).
We consider the Banach space equipped with the norm , where . In this paper, a symmetric positive solution of (1.1) means a function which is symmetric and positive on and satisfies equation (1.1) as well as the boundary conditions (1.2).
In this paper, we always suppose that the following assumptions hold:
It is easy to see that P is a cone in E.
Then we can easily get the solution:
During the process of getting the above solution, we can also know
Lemma 2.1If (H3) is satisfied, the following results are true:
Similarly, we have
Therefore, from (2.3), we have
The Arzelà-Ascoli theorem guarantees that TΩ is relatively compact, which means T is compact.
Finally, we show that Ty is nondecreasing about y.
Furthermore, we have
3 Existence and iterative of solutions for BVP (1.1) and (1.2)
On the other hand, we notice that
So, . By Lemma 2.2, we know , which means , . By induction, , (). Hence, we assert that . Let in (3.4) to obtain since T is continuous. It is well known that the fixed point of the operator T is the solution of BVP (1.1) and (1.2). Therefore, is a concave symmetric positive solution of BVP (1.1) and (1.2).
Similarly to , we assert that has a convergent subsequence and there exists such that . Now, since , by Lemma 2.2, we know , which means , . By induction, , (). Hence, we assert that , , and , . Therefore, is a concave symmetric positive solution of BVP (1.1) and (1.2). □
Remark The existence of a solution under the assumptions of Theorem 3.1 is just a consequence of Schauder’s fixed point theorem. The monotone iterative technique adds the information about the approximation sequences.
Example Consider the following second-order boundary value problem with integral boundary conditions:
And we have
It is easy to check that the assumptions (H1)-(H3) hold and . Set , . Then we can verify that condition (3.1) is satisfied. Then applying Theorem 3.1, BVP (3.6) has a concave symmetric positive solution with
The authors declare that they have no competing interests.
The authors declare that the study was realized in collaboration with the same responsibility. All authors read and approved the final manuscript.
The authors are highly grateful for the referees’ careful reading and comments on this paper. The research is supported by Chinese Universities Scientific Fund (Project No. 2013QJ004).
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