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# Dynamics of a Rational Difference Equation

- Xiu-Mei Jia
^{1, 2}, - Lin-Xia Hu
^{3}and - Wan-Tong Li
^{2}Email author

**2010**:970720

https://doi.org/10.1155/2010/970720

© Xiu-Mei Jia et al. 2010

**Received:**5 November 2009**Accepted:**5 April 2010**Published:**13 May 2010

## Abstract

The main goal of the paper is to investigate boundedness, invariant intervals, semicycles, and global attractivity of all nonnegative solutions of the equation , , where the parameters , is an integer, and the initial conditions . It is shown that the unique positive equilibrium of the equation is globally asymptotically stable under the condition . The result partially solves the open problem proposed by Kulenović and Ladas in work (2002).

## Keywords

- Real Number
- Equilibrium Point
- Open Problem
- Difference Equation
- Asymptotic Stability

## 1. Introduction

where is an integer, and the initial conditions The related case where was investigated in [1].

In 2002, Kulenović and Ladas [1] proposed the following open problem.

Open Problem 1.

Assume that and . Investigate the global behavior of all positive solutions of (1.1).

whose global behavior of solutions is easily derived. Equation (1.6) is investigated in [3].

respectively.

Therefore, we only pay attention to investigating (1.1) with positive parameters and omit any further discussion of the above (1.2)–(1.7).

For other related results on difference equations, one can refer to [4–18].

In [19], the authors investigated the global asymptotic stability of the positive equilibrium of (1.1). We summarize their results in the following theorem.

- (i)
Assume that . Then the positive equilibrium of (1.1) is locally asymptotically stable.

- (ii)
Assume that and . Then for every solution of (1.1) with initial conditions in invariant interval , the positive equilibrium point is globally asymptotically stable.

- (iii)
Assume that and . Then for every solution of (1.1) with initial conditions in invariant interval , the positive equilibrium point is globally asymptotically stable.

Reviewing the proof of Theorem 1.1, one can easily find that the positive equilibrium of (1.1) is locally asymptotically stable when . So Theorem 1.1 (i) can be improved as the following theorem.

Theorem 1.2.

Assume that . Then the positive equilibrium of (1.1) is locally asymptotically stable.

Motivated by the above open problem, the purpose of this paper is to investigate the boundedness, local stability, invariant intervals, semicycles, and global attractivity of all nonnegative solutions of (1.11). We show that the unique positive equilibrium of (1.11) is a global attractor when and our result solves the open problem when .

The organization of this paper is as follows. In Section 2, some basic definitions and lemmas regarding difference equations are given. The boundedness and invariant intervals of (1.11) are discussed in Section 3. The semicycle analysis of (1.11) is presented in Section 4. The main results are formulated and proved in Section 5, where the global asymptotic stability of (1.11) is investigated.

## 2. Some Lemmas

In this section, we recall some definitions and lemmas which will be useful in the sequel.

has a unique solution .

That is, every solution of (2.1) with initial conditions in remains in .

Definition 2.1.

- (i)
The equilibrium point of (2.1) is called locally stable if for every there exists such that for all with , one has .

- (ii)
The equilibrium point of (2.1) is called locally asymptotically stable if it is locally stable and if there exists such that for all with one has

- (iii)
The equilibrium point of (2.1) is called a global attractor if for every one has

- (iv)
The equilibrium point of (2.1) is called globally asymptotically stable if it is locally asymptotically stable and is a global attractor.

- (v)
The equilibrium point of (2.1) is called unstable if it is not locally stable.

The following lemmas can be found in [3, 20], respectively; also see [19, 21–24].

Lemma 2.2 (see [3]).

- (i)
is nondecreasing in each of its arguments.

- (i)

Then (2.1) has a unique positive equilibrium and every solution of (2.1) converges to .

Lemma 2.3 (see [20]).

- (i)
is a nondecreasing function in and a nonincreasing function in .

- (ii)

Then (2.1) has a unique equilibrium point and every solution of (2.1) converges to .

The following result was proved in [25].

Lemma 2.4 (see [25]).

is a global attractor of all positive solutions.

## 3. Boundedness and Invariant Intervals

The following result about boundedness of (1.11) can be found in [19].

Theorem 3.1.

Every solution of (1.11) is bounded from above and from below by positive constants.

respectively.

Then we have the following monotone character for the function .

Lemma 3.2.

- (i)
Assume that . Then is strictly increasing in each of its arguments for and it is strictly increasing in and decreasing in for .

- (ii)
Assume that . Then is strictly increasing in and decreasing in for .

Proof.

from which (i) and (ii) easily follow.

### 3.1. The Case

Lemma 3.3.

- (i)
If for some , then for .

- (ii)
If for some , then .

- (iii)
If for some , then .

- (iv)
If for some , then for .

- (v)
If for some , then .

- (vi)
If for some , then .

- (vii)
Equation (1.11) possesses an invariant interval and ; moreover, the interval is also an invariant interval of (1.11) and .

- (i)–(vi)
Clearly, in this case holds. The statements directly follow by using the identities (3.1), (3.3) and (3.4).

- (vii)

then we have that . That is, , finishing the proof.

When , identities (3.5) and (3.6) imply that the following results hold.

Lemma 3.4.

- (i)
If for some , then for .

- (ii)
If for some , then for .

- (iii)
If for some , then for .

- (iv)
If for some , then .

- (v)
If for some , then .

Lemma 3.5.

- (i)
If for some , then for .

- (ii)
If for some , then .

- (iii)
If for some , then .

- (iv)
Equation (1.11) possesses an invariant interval and . Further, if , then for all , and if , then the following statements are also true.

- (v)
If for some , then for .

- (vi)
If for some , then .

- (vii)
If for some , then .

Proof.

- (i)–(iii)
Using the identities (3.3) and (3.4), one can see that the results follow.

- (iv)

which implies that . By the induction, for every .

Then as same as the argument in Lemma 3.3 (vii) it can be proved that .

Further, if , then the identity (3.1) implies that for all , and if , the results (v)–(vii) can also follow from (3.1).

The proof is complete.

### 3.2. The Case

Lemma 3.6.

- (i)
If for some , then for .

- (ii)
If for some , then .

- (iii)
If for some , then .

Proof.

finishing the proof.

## 4. Semicycle Analysis

Here, we present some results regarding the semicycle analysis of the solutions of (1.11). Now recall two definitions from [25].

Definition 4.1.

Definition 4.2.

The next two lemmas can be found in [26] and [19], respectively.

Lemma 4.3 (see [26]).

Assume that and that is increasing in both arguments. Let be a positive equilibrium of (2.1). Then except possibly for the first semicycle, every oscillatory solution of (2.1) has semicycles of length at most .

Lemma 4.4 (see [19]).

Assume that and that is increasing in for each fixed and is decreasing in for each fixed . Let be a positive equilibrium of (2.1). If , then every oscillatory solution of (2.1) has semicycles that are either of length at least or of length at most .

Using the monotonic character of the function from Lemma 3.2, in each of the intervals in Lemmas 3.3–3.6, together with Lemmas 4.3 and 4.4, it is easy to obtain the following results concerning semicycle analysis.

Theorem 4.5.

- (i)
If , then, except possibly for the first semicycle, every oscillatory solution of (1.11) which lies in the invariant interval has semicycles of length at most .

- (ii)
If , then (1.11) does not have oscillatory solution with or .

- (iii)
If , then, except possibly for the first semicycle, every oscillatory solution of (1.11) which lies in the invariant interval has semicycles that are either of length at least or of length at most .

Theorem 4.6.

Assume that and is a nonnegative solution of (1.11). Then, except possibly for the first semicycle, every oscillatory solution of (1.11) which lies in the invariant interval has semicycles that are either of length at least or of length at most .

## 5. Global Asymptotic Stability for the Case

In this section, we discuss the global attractivity of the positive equilibrium of (1.11). We show that is a global attractor of all nonnegative solutions of (1.11) when . Further, the unique positive equilibrium of (1.1) is globally asymptotically stable when .

Theorem 5.1.

Assume that . Then the unique positive equilibrium of (1.11) is a global attractor.

The proof is finished by considering the following four cases; see Theorems 5.3, 5.5, 5.7, and 5.9.

Theorem 5.2.

Assume that holds, and is a nonnegative solution of (1.11). If , then for . Furthermore, every nonnegative solution of (1.11) lies eventually in the interval .

Proof.

Firstly, note that in this case holds.

If , then by Lemma 3.3 (i) and (iv), we have that for , the first assertion follows.

To complete the proof it remains to show that when there exists such that . There are two cases to be considered.

Case 1 ( ).

Lemma 3.3 (ii) and (iii) implies that . If , then the proof follows from the first assertion. Now assume for the sake of contradiction that all terms of never enter the interval ; then would lie in the interval for . Using Lemma 3.3 (vi), we obtain for , from which it follows that the sequence is strictly decreasing in the interval . Hence, exists and , which is a contradiction, because, in view of Lemma 3.3 (vii), (1.11) has no equilibrium points in the interval .

Case 2 ( ).

If there exists such that , then the proof follows from the first assertion. If there exists such that , then the proof also follows from Case 1. Now assume for the sake of contradiction that for all , then by Lemma 3.3 (v), we have that for , which means that exists and ; this contradicts Lemma 3.3 (vii).

The proof is complete.

Theorem 5.3.

Assume that holds. Then the unique positive equilibrium of (1.11) is a global attractor of all nonnegative solutions of (1.11).

Proof.

has a unique positive solution on the interval . The proof now immediately follows by applying Lemma 2.2.

Theorem 5.4.

Assume that , and is a nontrivial nonnegative solution of (1.11). Then the sequence is monotonic and .

Proof.

In this case, the unique positive equilibrium is . By Lemma 3.4 it easy to see that if then is decreasing and bounded below by 1, if then is increasing and bounded above by 1, and if then for . Hence, in all case the sequence converges to 1, as desired.

By Theorem 5.4, it is easy to see that the following result is true.

Theorem 5.5.

Assume that . Then the unique positive equilibrium is a global attractor of all nonnegative solutions of (1.11).

Theorem 5.6.

Assume that holds and is a nonnegative solution of (1.11). If , then for . Furthermore, every nonnegative solution of (1.11) lies eventually in the interval .

Proof.

Firstly, note that in this case holds.

If , then by Lemma 3.5 (iv) and (i), we have that for ; the first assertion follows.

To complete the proof it remains to show that when there exists such that . There are two cases to be considered.

Case 1 ( ).

Lemma 3.5 (i) implies that for . If there exists such that , then the proof follows from the first assertion. Now assume for the sake of contradiction that all terms of never enter the interval , then would lie in the interval for . Using Lemma 3.5 (iii), we obtain that for , from which it follows that exists and , which is a contradiction, because in view of Lemma 3.5 (iv), (1.11) has no equilibrium points in the interval .

Case 2 ( ).

If there exists such that , then the proof follows from the first assertion. If there exists such that , then the proof also follows from Case 1. Now assume for the sake of contradiction that for all , then by Lemma 3.5 (ii), we have that for , from which it follows that exists and . This contradicts Lemma 3.5 (iv).

The proof is complete.

Theorem 5.7.

Assume that holds. Then the unique positive equilibrium of (1.11) is a global attractor of all nonnegative solutions of (1.11).

Proof.

Theorem 5.6 implies that every nonnegative solution of (1.11) lies eventually in the invariant interval .

then , from which we get that , and the proof now follows by applying Lemma 2.3.

Theorem 5.8.

Assume that holds and that is a nonnegative solution of (1.11). Then every nonnegative solution of (1.11) lies eventually in the invariant interval .

Proof.

Hence the assertion is true for the case . There remains to consider the case . In this case holds.

If , then by Lemma 3.6 (i) and (ii), we have that for , and the assertion follows.

Given that , then by Lemma 3.6 (iii), we have that . If , then the assertion is true from the above proof. Now assume for the sake of contradiction that for all . Using identity (3.7), we get that for , from which it follows that the sequence is strictly increasing and there is a finite ; this contradicts the fact that .

The proof is complete.

Theorem 5.9.

Assume that holds. Then the unique positive equilibrium of (1.11) is a global attractor of all nonnegative solutions of (1.11).

Proof.

Clearly, and hold, and the remainder proof now is a straightforward consequence of Lemma 2.4.

In view of Theorem 5.1, we know that the unique positive equilibrium of (1.1) is a global attractor when . From this and Theorem 1.2, we have the following main result, which partially solves Open Problem 1.

Theorem 5.10.

Assume that . Then the unique positive equilibrium of (1.1) is globally asymptotically stable.

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