# Existence and Uniqueness of Positive Solutions for Discrete Fourth-Order Lidstone Problem with a Parameter

- Yanbin Sang
^{1, 2}Email author, - Zhongli Wei
^{2, 3}and - Wei Dong
^{4}

**2010**:971540

**DOI: **10.1155/2010/971540

© Yanbin Sang et al. 2010

**Received: **9 January 2010

**Accepted: **26 March 2010

**Published: **30 March 2010

## Abstract

This work presents sufficient conditions for the existence and uniqueness of positive solutions for a discrete fourth-order beam equation under Lidstone boundary conditions with a parameter; the iterative sequences yielding approximate solutions are also given. The main tool used is monotone iterative technique.

## 1. Introduction

In this paper, we are interested in the existence, uniqueness, and iteration of positive solutions for the following nonlinear discrete fourth-order beam equation under Lidstone boundary conditions with explicit parameter given by

where is the usual forward difference operator given by , , , and is a real parameter.

In recent years, the theory of nonlinear difference equations has been widely applied to many fields such as economics, neural network, ecology, and cybernetics, for details, see [1–7] and references therein. Especially, there was much attention focused on the existence and multiplicity of positive solutions of fourth-order problem, for example, [8–10], and in particular the discrete problem with Lidstone boundary conditions [11–17]. However, very little work has been done on the uniqueness and iteration of positive solutions of discrete fourth-order equation under Lidstone boundary conditions. We would like to mention some results of Anderson and Minhós [11] and He and Su [12], which motivated us to consider the BVP (1.1) and (1.2).

In [11], Anderson and Minhós studied the following nonlinear discrete fourth-order equation with explicit parameters and given by

with Lidstone boundary conditions (1.2), where and are real parameters. The authors obtained the following result.

Theorem 1.1 (see [11]).

Assume that the following condition is satisfied

, where with , is continuous and nondecreasing, and there exists such that for and

- (i)
- (ii)
- (iii)

Very recently, in [12], He and Su investigated the existence, multiplicity, and nonexistence of nontrivial solutions to the following discrete nonlinear fourth-order boundary value problem

where denotes the forward difference operator defined by , , is the discrete interval given by with and ( ) integers, are real parameters and satisfy

For the function , the authors imposed the following assumption:

(B_{1})
, where
with
,
is continuous and nondecreasing, and there exists
such that
for
and
.

Their main result is the following theorem.

Theorem 1.2 (see [12]).

Assume that holds. Then for any , the BVP (1.4) has a unique positive solution . Furthermore, such a solution satisfies the properties (i)–(iii) stated in Theorem 1.1.

The aim of this work is to relax the assumptions and on the nonlinear term, without demanding the existence of upper and lower solutions, we present conditions for the BVP (1.1) and (1.2) to have a unique solution and then study the convergence of the iterative sequence. The ideas come from Zhai et al. [18, 19] and Liang [20].

Let denote the Banach space of real-valued functions on , with the supremum norm

Throughout this paper, we need the following hypotheses:

## 2. Two Lemmas

To prove the main results in this paper, we will employ two lemmas. These lemmas are based on the linear discrete fourth-order equation

with Lidstone boundary conditions (1.2).

Lemma 2.1 (see [11]).

Lemma 2.2 (see [11]).

## 3. Main Results

Theorem 3.1.

One has converge uniformly to in .

Proof.

First, we show that the BVP (1.1) and (1.2) has a solution.

Evidently, for , . Take any , then and .

Let , we have and this is also a contradiction. Hence, .

Let and we get , . That is, is a nontrivial solution of the BVP (1.1) and (1.2).

In (3.34), we used the relation formula (3.16). Since , this contradicts the definition of . Hence . Therefore, the BVP (1.1) and (1.2) has a unique solution.

for . By induction, we get , , .

This completes the proof of the theorem.

Remark 3.2.

Theorem 3.3.

Assume that holds, and the following conditions are satisfied:

for all , where , for all , there exists such that , and , with for all ;

Proof.

In the following, we consider the following two cases.

(i) For fixed , is nonincreasing with respect to .

(ii) For fixed , is nondecreasing with respect to .

For , the proof is similar and hence omitted. This completes the proof of the theorem.

Remark 3.4.

In Theorem 3.1, the more general conditions are imposed on the nonlinear term than Theorem 1.1. In particular, in Theorem 3.3, contains the variable ; therefore, the more comprehensive functions can be incorporated.

## 4. An Example

## Declarations

### Acknowledgments

The authors were supported financially by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (10971046), the Natural Science Foundation of Shandong Province (ZR2009AM004), and the Youth Science Foundation of Shanxi Province (2009021001-2).

## Authors’ Affiliations

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