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Dynamical Properties for a Class of FourthOrder Nonlinear Difference Equations
Advances in Difference Equations volume 2008, Article number: 678402 (2007)
Abstract
We consider the dynamical properties for a kind of fourthorder rational difference equations. The key is for us to find that the successive lengths of positive and negative semicycles for nontrivial solutions of this equation periodically occur with same prime period 5. Although the period is same, the order for the successive lengths of positive and negative semicycles is completely different. The rule is or or . By the use of the rule, the positive equilibrium point of this equation is proved to be globally asymptotically stable.
1. Introduction and Preliminaries
Rational difference equation, as a kind of typical nonlinear difference equations, is always a subject studied in recent years. Especially, some prototypes for the development of the basic theory of the global behavior of nonlinear difference equations of order greater than one come from the results of rational difference equations. For the systematical investigations of this aspect, refer to the monographs [1–3], the papers [4–9], and the references cited therein.
Motivated by the work [5–7], we consider in this paper the following fourthorder rational difference equation:
where
the parameter , , , and the initial values .
Mainly, by analyzing the rule for the length of semicycle to occur successively, we clearly describe out the rule for the trajectory structure of its solutions. With the help of several key lemmas, we further derive the global asymptotic stability of positive equilibrium of (1.1). To the best of our knowledge, (1.1) has not been investigated so far; therefore, it is theoretically meaningful to study its qualitative properties.
It is easy to see that the positive equilibrium of (1.1) satisfies
From this, we see that (1.1) possesses a unique positive equilibrium
It is essential in this note for us to obtain the general rule for the trajectory structure of solutions of (1.1) as follows.
Theorem 1.1.
The rule for the trajectory structure of any solution of (1.1) is as follows:

(i)
the solution is either eventually trivial,

(ii)
or the solution is eventually nontrivial,

(1)
and further, either the solution is eventually positive nonoscillatory,

(2)
or the solution is strictly oscillatory, and moreover, the successive lengths for positive and negative semicycles occur periodically with prime period 5, and the rule is or or

(1)
The positive equilibrium point of (1.1) is a global attractor of all its solutions.
It follows from the results stated in the sequel that Theorem 1.1 is true.
For the corresponding concepts in this paper, see [3] or the papers [5–7].
2. Nontrivial Solution
Theorem 2.1.
A positive solution of (1.1) is eventually trivial if and only if
Proof.
Sufficiency. Assume that (2.1) holds. Then, according to (1.1), we know that the following conclusions are true: if or then for
Necessity. Conversely, assume that
Then, we can show that for any For the sake of contradiction, assume that for some
Clearly,
From this, we can know that
which implies that or This contradicts (2.3).
Remark 2.2.
Theorem 2.1 actually demonstrates that a positive solution of (1.1) is eventually nontrivial if . So, if a solution is a nontrivial one, then for any .
3. Several Key Lemmas
We state several key lemmas in this section, which will be important in the proofs of the sequel. Denote for any integer .
Lemma 3.1.
If the integer , then
where
Lemma 3.2.
If the integer , then
where
Lemma 3.3.
If the integer , then
where
The results of Lemmas 3.1, 3.2, and 3.3 can be easily obtained from (1.1), and so we omit their proofs here.
Lemma 3.4.
Let be a positive solution of (1.1) which is not eventually equal to 1, then the following conclusions are valid:

(a)
for

(b)
for

(c)
for

(d)
for

(e)
for
Proof.
First, let us investigate (a). According to (1.1), it follows that
So,
Noting that , , one has , and From those, one can easily obtain the result of (a).
Second, (b) comes. From (3.1), we obtain
where
From and , being eventually not equal to 1, one can see that
This tells us that That is, So, the proof of (b) is complete.
Third, let us prove (c). From (3.1) one has
where
From (3.3), one gets
where
According to and , being eventually not equal to 1, one arrives at
From (3.14), (3.15), and (3.16), we know that So, we can get immediately
From (3.5), one can have
where
From (3.16), (3.18), and (3.19), we can obtain that is,
By virtue of (3.12), (3.13), (3.17), and (3.20), we see that (c) is true.
The proofs of (d) and (e) are similar to those of (c). The proof for this lemma is complete.
Lemma 3.5.
Let be a positive solution of (1.1) which is not eventually equal to 1, then for
Proof.
From (3.1), one has
where
From (3.3), one has
where
Noticing that , we have
From (3.23), (3.24), and (3.25), we know that So,
From (3.5), one can recognize that
where
From (3.25), (3.27), and (3.28), we derive So,
Equation (3.5) shows that
where
By using (3.26), (3.29), (3.30), and (3.31), and noting that when we get Hence,
It follows from (3.3) that
where
By virtue of (3.26), (3.29), (3.33), and (3.34), as well as for one has Accordingly,
Equation (3.3) instructs us that
where
By virtue of (3.32), (3.35), (3.36), and (3.37), together with when one sees that So,
From (3.5), one obtains
where
By virtue of (3.32), (3.35), (3.39), and (3.40), in addition to when one can see that Thus,
From (3.3), we can see that
where
Utilizing (3.38), (3.41), (3.42), and (3.43), and adding when we know that the following is true: So,
Similar to (3.44), by virtue of (3.5), (3.38), (3.41), and when we know that is true. So,
From (3.21), (3.22), (3.44), and (3.45), one knows that the following is true:
This shows that Lemma 3.5 is true.
4. Oscillation and Nonoscillation
Theorem 4.1.
There exist nonoscillatory solutions of (1.1) with , , , which must be eventually positive. There are not eventually negative nonoscillatory solutions of (1.1).
Proof.
Consider a solution of (1.1) with We then know from Lemma 3.4(a) that for . So, this solution is just a nonoscillatory solution and it is, furthermore, eventually positive.
Suppose that there exist eventually negative nonoscillatory solutions of (1.1). Then, there exists a positive integer such that for . Thereout, for , This contradicts Lemma 3.4(a). So, there are not eventually negative nonoscillatory solutions of (1.1), as desired.
5. Rule of Cycle Length
Theorem 5.1.
Let be a strictly oscillatory solution of (1.1), then the rule for the lengths of positive and negative semicycles of this solution to occur successively is or or
Proof.
By Lemma 3.4(a), one can see that the length of a negative semicycle is at most 4, and that of a positive semicycle is at most 3. On the basis of the strictly oscillatory character of the solution, we see, for some integer , that one of the following sixteen cases must occur:

(1)
;

(2)
;

(3)
;

(4)
;

(5)
;

(6)
;

(7)
;

(8)
;

(9)
;

(10)
;

(11)
;

(12)
;

(13)
;

(14)
;

(15)
;

(16)
.
If case (1) occurs, of course, it will be a nonoscillatory solution of (1.1).
If case (2) occurs, it follows from Lemma 3.4(a) that , , , , , , ,
This means that the rule for the lengths of positive and negative semicycles of the solution of (1.1) to occur successively is
If case (3) occurs, it follows from Lemma 3.4(a) that , , , , , , , , , , which means that the rule for the lengths of positive and negative semicycles of the solution of (1.1) to occur successively is
If case 8 is reached, Lemma 3.4(a) tells us that , , , , , , ,
This implies that the rule for the lengths of positive and negative semicycles of the solution of (1.1) to occur successively is
Moreover, the rule for the cases (2.3), (3.5), (3.13), (3.15), and (3.17) is the same as that of case (2.1). And cases (3.1), (3.3), and (3.15) are completely similar to case (3) except possibly for the first semicycle. And cases (3.16), (3.18), (3.19), and (3.20) are like case (8) with a possible exception for the first semicycle.
Up to now, the proof of Theorem 5.1 is complete.
6. Global Asymptotic Stability
First, we consider the local asymptotic stability for unique positive equilibrium point of (1.1). We have the following result.
Theorem 6.1.
The positive equilibrium point of (1.1) is locally asymptotically stable.
Proof.
The linearized equation of (1.1) about the positive equilibrium point is
and so it is clear from [3, Remark 1.3.7] that the positive equilibrium point of (1.1) is locally asymptotically stable. The proof is complete.
We are now in a position to study the global asymptotic stability of positive equilibrium point .
Theorem 6.2.
The positive equilibrium point of (1.1) is globally asymptotically stable.
Proof.
We must prove that the positive equilibrium point of (1.1) is both locally asymptotically stable and globally attractive. Theorem 6.1 has shown the local asymptotic stability of . Hence, it remains to verify that every positive solution of (1.1) converges to as Namely, we want to prove that
We can divide the solutions into two types:

(i)
trivial solutions;

(ii)
nontrivial solutions.
If a solution is a trivial one, then it is obvious for (6.2) to hold because holds eventually.
If the solution is a nontrivial one, then we can further divide the solution into two cases:

(a)
nonoscillatory solution;

(b)
oscillatory solution.
Consider now to be nonoscillatory about the positive equilibrium point of (1.1). By virtue of Lemma 3.4(b), it follows that the solution is monotonic and bounded. So, exists and is finite. Taking limits on both sides of (1.1), one can easily see that (6.2) holds.
Now, let be strictly oscillatory about the positive equilibrium point of (1.1). By virtue of Theorem 5.1, one understands that the rule for the lengths of positive and negative semicycles occurring successively is
 (i)

(ii)
or
 (iii)
Now, we consider the case (i). For simplicity, for some nonnegative integer we denote by the terms of a positive semicycle of the length three, and by a negative semicycle with semicycle length of two, then a positive semicycle and a negative semicycle, and so on. Namely, the rule for the lengths of positive and negative semicycles to occur successively can be periodically expressed as follows:
Lemma 3.4(b), (c), (d), (e) and Lemma 3.5 teach us that the following results are true:
 (a)
 (b)
So, by virtue of (a), one can see that is decreasing with lower bound 1. So, its limit exists and is finite, denoted by . Moreover, the limits of and are all equal to that of .
Similarly, using (b), one can see that is increasing with upper bound 1. So, its limit exists and is finite too. Furthermore, the limits of are equal to that of , and one can assume the limits of it to be . It is easy to see that It suffices to show that
Noting that
and taking limits on both sides of (6.4) and (6.5), respectively, we get
From (6.6), we can show that . Otherwise, assume that
From (3.1), with both and being replaced by , we get
Taking limits on both sides of the above equation, we can obtain
By virtue of (6.7), one has , and when and so, one will get
This contradicts (6.9). Thus, . Similarly, we can get . Therefore, (6.2) holds when case (i) occurs.
When case (ii) or (iii) occurs, using the method similar to that proving case (i), we can prove that (6.2) is also true. Thus, the proof of Theorem is complete.
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This work was partly supported by NNSF of China (Grant no. 10771094), and the Foundations for "New Century Engineering of 121 Talents in Hunan Province" and "Chief Professor of Mathematical Discipline in Hunan Province."
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Li, D., Li, P. & Li, X. Dynamical Properties for a Class of FourthOrder Nonlinear Difference Equations. Adv Differ Equ 2008, 678402 (2007). https://doi.org/10.1155/2008/678402
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Keywords
 Difference Equation
 Asymptotic Stability
 Cycle Length
 Nontrivial Solution
 Global Attractor