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Positive solutions for a second-order p-Laplacian impulsive boundary value problem

Abstract

In this work, we study the existence and multiplicity of positive solutions for a second-order p-Laplacian boundary value problem involving impulsive effects. We establish our main results via Jensen’s inequality, the first eigenvalue of a relevant linear operator and the Krasnoselskii-Zabreiko fixed point theorem. Some examples are presented to illustrate the main results.

MSC:34B15, 34B18, 34B37, 45G15, 45M20.

1 Introduction

Second-order differential equations with the p-Laplacian operator arise in modeling some physical and natural phenomena and can occur, for example, in non-Newtonian mechanics, nonlinear elasticity, glaciology, population biology, combustion theory, and nonlinear flow laws, see [1, 2]. Recently, many cases of the existence and multiplicity of positive solutions for boundary value problems of differential equations with the p-Laplacian operator have appeared in the literature. For details, see, for example, [313] and the references therein.

In [3], Lian and Ge investigated the Sturm-Liouville-like boundary value problem

{ ( φ p ( u ( t ) ) + f ( t , u ( t ) ) = 0 , 0 < t < 1 , u ( 0 ) a u ( ξ ) = 0 , u ( 1 ) + β u ( η ) = 0 ,
(1.1)

and by virtue of Krasonsel’skii’s fixed point theorem, they obtained the existence of positive solutions and multiple positive solutions under suitable conditions imposed on the nonlinear term fC([0,1]×[0,+),[0,+)).

In [6], Xu et al. studied the existence of multiple positive solutions for the following boundary value problem with the p-Laplacian operator and impulsive effects

{ ( ϕ p ( u ( t ) ) + q ( t ) f ( t , u ( t ) ) = 0 , t t k , 0 < t < 1 , Δ u | t = t k = I k ( u ( t k ) ) , k = 1 , 2 , , m , a u ( 0 ) b u ( 0 ) = i = 1 l α i u ( ξ i ) , u ( 1 ) = i = 1 l β i u ( ξ i ) ,
(1.2)

where the nonlinear term may be singular on u=0. The main tools are fixed point index theorems for compact maps in Banach spaces. They stated the proofs by considering an approximating completely continuous operator.

In [7], Feng studied an integral boundary value problem of fourth-order p-Laplacian differential equations involving the impulsive effect Δ y | t = t k = I k (y( t k )), k=1,2,,m. Using a suitably constructed cone and fixed point theory for cones, the existence of multiple positive solutions was established. Furthermore, upper and lower bounds for these positive solutions were given.

Motivated by the above works, in this paper, we investigate the existence and multiplicity of positive solutions for the second-order p-Laplacian boundary value problems involving impulsive effects

{ ( φ p ( u ( t ) ) ) = f ( t , u ( t ) ) , 0 < t < 1 , t t k , k = 1 , 2 , , m , Δ u | t = t k = I k ( u ( t k ) ) , k = 1 , 2 , , m , Δ u | t = t k = 0 , k = 1 , 2 , , m , u ( 0 ) = u ( 1 ) = 0 ,
(1.3)

where J=[0,1], J =J{ t 1 , t 2 ,, t m }, t k (k=1,2,,m, where m is a fixed positive integer) are fixed points with 0< t 1 < t 2 << t k << t m <1; φ p (t) is the p-Laplacian operator, i.e., φ p (t)= | t | p 2 t, p>1, ( φ p ) 1 = φ q , p 1 + q 1 =1; Δu | t = t k denotes the jump of u(t) at t= t k , i.e., Δu | t = t k =u( t k + )u( t k ), where u( t k + ) and u( t k ) represent the right-hand limit and left-hand limit of u(t) at t= t k , respectively. In addition, we suppose that I k C([0,+),[0,+)), fC([0,1]×[0,+),[0,+)).

The main features of this paper are as follows. Firstly, we convert the boundary value problem (1.3) into an equivalent integral equation so that we can construct a special cone. Next, we consider impulsive effect as a perturbation to the corresponding problem without the impulsive terms, so that we can construct an integral operator for an appropriate linear Robin boundary value problem and obtain its first eigenvalue and eigenfunction, which are used in the proofs of main theorems by Jensen’s inequalities. Finally, employing the Krasnoselskii-Zabreiko fixed point theorem, we establish the existence and multiplicity of positive solutions of (1.3). Although our problem (1.3) merely involves Robin boundary conditions, our methods are different from those in [3, 6, 7], and our main results are optimal.

This paper is organized as follows. Section 2 contains some preliminary results. Section 3 is devoted to the existence and multiplicity of positive solutions for (1.3). Section 4 contains some illustrative examples.

2 Preliminaries

Let PC[J,R]:={u|u:JR is continuous at t t k ,u( t k )=u( t k ) and u( t k + ) exist,k=1,2,,m}. Then PC[J,R] is a Banach space with norm u= max t [ 0 , 1 ] |u(t)|. We denote B r :={uPC[J,R]:u<r} for r>0 in the sequel.

A function uPC[J,R] C 2 ( J ,R) is called a solution of (1.3) if it satisfies the boundary value problem (1.3).

Lemma 2.1 (see [4])

Let f and I k be as in (1.3). Then the problem (1.3) is equivalent to

u(t)= 0 t φ q ( s 1 f ( τ , u ( τ ) ) d τ ) ds+ t k < t I k ( u ( t k ) ) .
(2.1)

It is clear that u (t)= φ q ( t 1 f(τ,u(τ))dτ)>0, t J and I k >0, which implies that u(t) is increasing on [0,1]. Furthermore, for given s 1 , s 2 J with s 1 s 2 , we have u ( s 2 ) u ( s 1 ). Hence, u (t) is nonincreasing on J , and thus

u ( 1 ) u ( 0 ) 1 u ( t ) u ( 0 ) t ,t(0,1],

i.e., u(t)tu(1)=tu. Therefore,

u(t)tu,t[0,1],in particular,u(t) t 1 u,t[ t 1 , t m ].
(2.2)

We denote P by

P:= { u P C [ J , R ] : u ( t ) t u , t [ 0 , 1 ] } .
(2.3)

Then P is a cone on PC[J,R].

Define an operator A:PPC[J,R]

A u ( t ) : = 0 t φ q ( s 1 f ( τ , u ( τ ) ) d τ ) d s + t k < t I k ( u ( t k ) ) = 0 t φ q ( s 1 f ( τ , u ( τ ) ) d τ ) d s + k = 1 m H ( t , t k ) I k ( u ( t k ) ) ,

where

H(t, t k )={ 1 , t k < t , 0 , t k t .

Clearly, the operator A is a completely continuous operator, and the existence of positive solutions for (1.3) is equivalent to that of positive fixed points of A. Moreover, it is easy to see A(P)P by (2.2).

In what follows, we consider the following eigenvalue problem:

{ u = λ u , t [ 0 , 1 ] , u ( 0 ) = u ( 1 ) = 0 ,
(2.4)

where λ is a parameter. We easily know that (2.4) has a nontrivial solution if λ>0. Furthermore, we have

u(t)= c 1 cos λ t+ c 2 sin λ t,

where c 1 , c 2 are constants and c 1 2 + c 2 2 0. u(0)= u (1)=0 implies that cos λ =0, and thus λ= ( π 2 + k π ) 2 , k=1,2 . λ 1 1 := ( π 2 + 1 × π ) 2 = π 2 4 and sin( π t 2 ) are called the first eigenvalue and the corresponding eigenfunction associated with λ 1 , respectively. Consequently, it is easy to have the following result:

Lemma 2.2 If ψ(t):=sin( π t 2 ), then

0 1 G(t,s)ψ(t)dt= 4 π 2 ψ(s),
(2.5)

where G(t,s)=min{t,s}, t,s[0,1].

Lemma 2.3 (see [14])

Let E be a real Banach space and W a cone of E. Suppose A:( B ¯ R B r )WW is a completely continuous operator with 0<r<R. If either

  1. (1)

    Auu for each B r W and Auu for each B R W or

  2. (2)

    Auu for each B r W and Auu for each B R W,

then A has at least one fixed point in ( B R B ¯ r )W.

Lemma 2.4 (Jensen’s inequalities, see [10])

Let θ>0, n1, a i 0 (i=1,2,,n), and φC([a,b],[0,+)). Then

( a b φ ( t ) d t ) θ ( b a ) θ 1 a b ( φ ( t ) ) θ d t and ( i = 1 n a i ) θ n θ 1 i = 1 n a i θ , θ 1 , ( a b φ ( t ) d t ) θ ( b a ) θ 1 a b ( φ ( t ) ) θ d t and ( i = 1 n a i ) θ n θ 1 i = 1 n a i θ , 0 < θ 1 .

3 Main results

Let p :=max{1,p1}, p :=min{1,p1}, κ 1 := 2 p 1 , κ 2 := ( 2 m ) p 1 , κ 3 := 2 p 1 , κ 4 := ( 2 m ) p 1 , κ 5 := 2 p p p 1 2 , κ 6 := ( 4 m ) p 1 . We now list our hypotheses.

(H1) There exist r>0 and a 1 0, a 2 0 satisfying

a 1 p p 1 κ 1 + π 2 4 a 2 p t 1 p κ 2 k = 1 m cos ( π t k 2 ) > π 2 4 ,

such that

f(t,y) a 1 y p 1 , I k (y) a 2 y,t[0,1],0<y<r.
(3.1)

(H2) There exist c>0 and b 1 0, b 2 0 satisfying

b 1 2 + b 2 2 0, b 1 p p 1 κ 5 + π b 2 p κ 6 k = 1 m cos ( π t k 2 ) 2 0 1 t p sin ( π t 2 ) d t < π 2 4 ,

such that

f(t,y) b 1 y p 1 +c, I k (y) b 2 y+c,t[0,1],y0.
(3.2)

(H3) There exist c>0 and a 3 0, a 4 0 satisfying

a 3 p p 1 κ 1 + π 2 4 a 4 p t 1 p κ 2 k = 1 m cos ( π t k 2 ) > π 2 4 ,

such that

f(t,y) a 3 y p 1 c, I k (y) a 4 yc,t[0,1],y0.
(3.3)

(H4) There exist r>0 and b 3 0, b 4 0 satisfying

b 3 2 + b 4 2 0, b 3 p p 1 κ 5 + π b 4 p κ 6 k = 1 m cos ( π t k 2 ) 2 0 1 t p sin ( π t 2 ) d t < π 2 4 ,

such that

f(t,y) b 3 y p 1 , I k (y) b 4 y,t[0,1],0<y<r.
(3.4)

(H5) There exists ρ>0 such that 0yρ, and t[0,1] implies

f(t,y) η p 1 ρ p 1 , I k (y) η k ρ,

where η, η k 0 and 0<η+ k = 1 m η k 1.

(H6) There exists ρ>0 such that t 1 ρyρ, and t[0,1] implies

f(t,y) η p 1 ρ p 1 , I k (y) η k ρ,

where η, η k 0, (η p 1 (p1) ( 1 t 1 ) p / ( p 1 ) + k = 1 m η k )>1.

Theorem 3.1 Suppose that (H 1)-(H 2) are satisfied. Then (1.3) has at least one positive solution.

Proof If (H1) is satisfied, then we obtain uAu for all uP B r . Indeed, if the claim is false, there is a uP B r such that uAu, i.e.,

u(t) 0 t φ q ( s 1 f ( τ , u ( τ ) ) d τ ) ds+ k = 1 m H(t, t k ) I k ( u ( t k ) ) .

Now apply Lemma 2.4 to obtain

u p ( t ) [ 0 t φ q ( s 1 f ( τ , u ( τ ) ) d τ ) d s + k = 1 m H ( t , t k ) I k ( u ( t k ) ) ] p κ 1 [ 0 t φ q ( s 1 f ( τ , u ( τ ) ) d τ ) d s ] p + κ 1 [ k = 1 m H ( t , t k ) I k ( u ( t k ) ) ] p κ 1 0 t s 1 f p p 1 ( τ , u ( τ ) ) d τ d s + κ 2 k = 1 m H p ( t , t k ) I k p ( u ( t k ) ) κ 1 0 1 G ( t , s ) f p p 1 ( s , u ( s ) ) d s + κ 2 k = 1 m H ( t , t k ) I k p ( u ( t k ) ) .
(3.5)

Multiply both sides of (3.5) by sin( π t 2 ) and then integrate over [0,1] and use (2.5) to obtain

0 1 u p ( t ) sin ( π t 2 ) d t κ 1 0 1 sin ( π t 2 ) 0 1 G ( t , s ) f p p 1 ( s , u ( s ) ) d s d t + κ 2 k = 1 m 0 1 sin ( π t 2 ) H ( t , t k ) I k p ( u ( t k ) ) d t 4 κ 1 π 2 0 1 f p p 1 ( t , u ( t ) ) sin ( π t 2 ) d t + 2 κ 2 π k = 1 m I k p ( u ( t k ) ) cos ( π t k 2 ) .
(3.6)

The above and (H1) imply that

0 1 u p ( t ) sin ( π t 2 ) d t 4 a 1 p p 1 κ 1 π 2 0 1 u p ( t ) sin ( π t 2 ) d t + 2 a 2 p κ 2 π k = 1 m u p ( t k ) cos ( π t k 2 ) .
(3.7)

By (3.7), we have 4 a 1 p p 1 κ 1 π 2 1. If 4 a 1 p p 1 κ 1 π 2 =1, then u( t k )0, k=1,2,,m, and in view of the concavity and the nondecreasing nature of u, we find u(t)0, 0t1, contradicting uP B r . So, 4 a 1 p p 1 κ 1 π 2 <1.

Since uP B r , u p (t) u p = r p . Therefore,

0 1 u p (t)sin ( π t 2 ) dt r p 0 1 sin ( π t 2 ) dt= 2 r p π .

Combining (3.7) and (2.2), we obtain

2 ( π 2 4 a 1 p p 1 κ 1 ) r p π 3 2 a 2 p κ 2 r p t 1 p π k = 1 m cos ( π t k 2 ) .

Therefore, 4 a 1 p p 1 κ 1 + π 2 a 2 p t 1 p κ 2 k = 1 m cos( π t k 2 ) π 2 , which contradicts (H1). Thus we have

uAu,for any uP B r .
(3.8)

On the other hand, by (H2), we shall prove that there exists a sufficiently large number R>0 such that uAu, uP B R . Suppose there exists uP B R such that uAu. This, together with Lemma 2.4, yields

u p ( t ) [ 0 t φ q ( s 1 f ( τ , u ( τ ) ) d τ ) d s + k = 1 m H ( t , t k ) I k ( u ( t k ) ) ] p κ 3 [ 0 t φ q ( s 1 f ( τ , u ( τ ) ) d τ ) d s ] p + κ 3 [ k = 1 m H ( t , t k ) I k ( u ( t k ) ) ] p κ 3 0 t s 1 f p p 1 ( τ , u ( τ ) ) d τ d s + κ 4 k = 1 m H p ( t , t k ) I k p ( u ( t k ) ) κ 3 0 1 G ( t , s ) f p p 1 ( s , u ( s ) ) d s + κ 4 k = 1 m H ( t , t k ) I k p ( u ( t k ) ) .
(3.9)

Multiply both sides of the above by sin( π t 2 ) and integrate over [0,1] and use (2.5) to obtain

0 1 u p ( t ) sin ( π t 2 ) d t κ 3 0 1 sin ( π t 2 ) 0 1 G ( t , s ) f p p 1 ( s , u ( s ) ) d s d t + κ 4 k = 1 m 0 1 sin ( π t 2 ) H ( t , t k ) I k p ( u ( t k ) ) d t 4 κ 3 π 2 0 1 f p p 1 ( t , u ( t ) ) sin ( π t 2 ) d t + 2 κ 4 π k = 1 m I k p ( u ( t k ) ) cos ( π t k 2 ) .
(3.10)

Combining this and (H2), we get

0 1 u p ( t ) sin ( π t 2 ) d t 4 κ 3 π 2 0 1 ( b 1 u p 1 ( t ) + c ) p p 1 sin ( π t 2 ) d t + 2 κ 4 π k = 1 m ( b 2 u ( t k ) + c ) p cos ( π t k 2 ) 4 b 1 p p 1 κ 5 π 2 0 1 u p ( t ) sin ( π t 2 ) d t + 2 b 2 p κ 6 π k = 1 m u p ( t k ) cos ( π t k 2 ) + c 0 ,
(3.11)

where c 0 = 8 c p p 1 κ 5 π 3 + 2 c p κ 6 π k = 1 m cos( π t k 2 ). Consequently, by (2.2) we have

u p ( π 2 4 b 1 p p 1 κ 5 ) 0 1 t p sin ( π t 2 ) d t ( π 2 4 b 1 p p 1 κ 5 ) 0 1 u p sin ( π t 2 ) d t 2 π b 2 p κ 6 u p k = 1 m cos ( π t k 2 ) + π 2 c 0 .

Therefore,

u p π 2 c 0 ( π 2 4 b 1 p p 1 κ 5 ) 0 1 t p sin ( π t 2 ) d t 2 π b 2 p κ 6 k = 1 m cos ( π t k 2 ) := K 1 >0.

Choosing R> K 1 p and R>r, we have

uAu,for all uP B R .
(3.12)

Therefore, (3.8) and (3.12), together with Lemma 2.3, guarantee that (1.3) has at least one positive solution in ( B R B ¯ r )P. □

Theorem 3.2 Suppose that (H 3)-(H 4) are satisfied. Then (1.3) has at least one positive solution.

Proof If (H3) is satisfied, we will prove that there exists a sufficiently large number R>0 such that uAu, uP B R . Suppose there exists uP B R such that uAu, and then

u(t) 0 t φ q ( s 1 f ( τ , u ( τ ) ) d τ ) ds+ k = 1 m H(t, t k ) I k ( u ( t k ) ) .

In view of 0< p p 1 1, from (3.3), we know ( a 3 u p 1 ) p p 1 ( f + c ) p p 1 f p p 1 + c p p 1 . Accordingly, f p p 1 ( a 3 u p 1 ) p p 1 c p p 1 . Similarly, I k p ( a 4 u ) p c p . These and (3.6) imply that

0 1 u p ( t ) sin ( π t 2 ) d t 4 κ 1 π 2 0 1 [ ( a 3 u p 1 ( t ) ) p p 1 c p p 1 ] sin ( π t 2 ) d t + 2 κ 2 π k = 1 m [ ( a 4 u ( t k ) ) p c p ] cos ( π t k 2 ) 4 a 3 p p 1 κ 1 π 2 0 1 u p ( t ) sin ( π t 2 ) d t + 2 a 4 p κ 2 π k = 1 m u p ( t k ) cos ( π t k 2 ) c 1 ,
(3.13)

where c 1 = 8 c p p 1 κ 1 π 3 + 2 κ 2 c p π k = 1 m cos( π t k 2 ).

Now, we consider two cases.

Case 1. If 1 4 a 3 p p 1 κ 1 π 2 , by (2.2) we obtain

2 ( π 2 4 a 3 p p 1 κ 1 ) u p π ( π 2 4 a 3 p p 1 κ 1 ) 0 1 u p ( t ) sin ( π t 2 ) d t 2 π a 4 p t 1 p κ 2 u p k = 1 m cos ( π t k 2 ) π 2 c 1 ,

i.e.,

u p π 3 c 1 2 4 a 3 p p 1 κ 1 + π 2 a 4 p t 1 p κ 2 k = 1 m cos ( π t k 2 ) π 2 := K 2 >0.
(3.14)

Case 2. If 1< 4 a 3 p p 1 κ 1 π 2 , by (2.2) we have

c 1 π 2 ( 4 a 3 p p 1 κ 1 π 2 ) u p 0 1 t p sin ( π t 2 ) dt+2π t 1 p u p a 4 p κ 2 k = 1 m cos ( π t k 2 ) .

In view of 4 π 2 0 1 t p sin( π t 2 )dt 2 π , we obtain

u p π 4 c 1 4 4 a 3 p p 1 κ 1 + π 3 2 a 4 p t 1 p κ 2 k = 1 m cos ( π t k 2 ) π 2 := K 3 >0.
(3.15)

Choosing R>max{ K 2 p , K 3 p ,r} (r is determined by (H4)), we get

uAu,uP B R .
(3.16)

On the other hand, if (H4) is satisfied, then uAu, uP B r . If not, there exists uP B r such that uAu. It follows from (3.10) and (H4) that

0 1 u p ( t ) sin ( π t 2 ) d t 4 κ 3 π 2 0 1 ( b 3 u p 1 ( t ) ) p p 1 sin ( π t 2 ) d t + 2 κ 4 π k = 1 m ( b 4 u ( t k ) ) p cos ( π t k 2 ) 4 b 3 p p 1 κ 3 π 2 0 1 u p ( t ) sin ( π t 2 ) d t + 2 b 4 p κ 4 π k = 1 m u p ( t k ) cos ( π t k 2 ) .
(3.17)

Therefore,

u p ( π 2 4 b 3 p p 1 κ 3 ) 0 1 t p sin ( π t 2 ) d t ( π 2 4 b 3 p p 1 κ 3 ) 0 1 u p sin ( π t 2 ) d t 2 π b 4 p κ 4 u p k = 1 m cos ( π t k 2 ) ,

i.e.,

4 b 3 p p 1 κ 3 + 2 π b 4 p κ 4 k = 1 m cos ( π t k 2 ) 0 1 t p sin ( π t 2 ) d t π 2 ,

which contradicts (H4). Thus

uAu,u B r P.
(3.18)

By Lemma 2.3, (3.16) and (3.18) imply that (1.3) has at least one positive solution in ( B R B ¯ r )P. □

Theorem 3.3 Suppose that (H 1), (H 3) and (H 5) are satisfied. Then (1.3) has at least two positive solutions.

Proof If uP B ρ , it follows from (H5) that

A u 0 1 φ q ( s 1 f ( τ , u ( τ ) ) d τ ) d s + k = 1 m I k ( u ( t k ) ) 0 1 φ q ( s 1 η p 1 ρ p 1 d τ ) d s + k = 1 m ρ η k ρ ( η p 1 p + k = 1 m η k ) < ρ ( η + k = 1 m η k ) u ,

from which we obtain

uAu,uBρP.
(3.19)

On the other hand, by (H1) and (H3), we may take 0<r<ρ and R>ρ such that uAu, uP B r and uAu, uP B R (see the proofs of Theorems 3.1 and 3.2). Now Lemma 2.3 guarantees that the operator A has at least two fixed points, one in ( B R B ¯ ρ )P and the other in ( B ρ B ¯ r )P. The proof is completed. □

Theorem 3.4 Suppose that (H 2), (H 4) and (H 6) are satisfied. Then (1.3) has at least two positive solutions.

Proof For any uP B ρ , u(t) t 1 u= t 1 ρ for all t[ t 1 ,1]. It follows from (H6) that

A u = 0 1 φ q ( s 1 f ( τ , u ( τ ) ) d τ ) d s + k = 1 m I k ( u ( t k ) ) t 1 1 φ q ( s 1 f ( τ , u ( τ ) ) d τ ) d s + k = 1 m I k ( u ( t k ) ) t 1 1 φ q ( s 1 η p 1 ρ p 1 d τ ) d s + k = 1 m η k ρ ρ ( η p 1 ( p 1 ) ( 1 t 1 ) p / ( p 1 ) + k = 1 m η k ) > ρ = u .
(3.20)

Thus,

Auu,uP B ρ .
(3.21)

On the other hand, by (H2) and (H4), we may take 0<r<ρ and R>ρ such that uAu, uP B r and uAu, uP B R (see the proofs of Theorems 3.1 and 3.2). Thus Lemma 2.3 indicates that the operator A has at least two fixed points, one in ( B R B ¯ ρ )P and the other in ( B ρ B ¯ r )P. The proof is completed. □

4 Examples

Example 4.1 Consider the impulsive boundary value problem

{ ( φ p ( u ) ) = f ( t , u ) , t 1 2 , 0 < t < 1 , Δ u | t = 1 2 = I 1 ( u ( 1 2 ) ) , Δ u | t = 1 2 = 0 , u ( 0 ) = u ( 1 ) = 0 ,
(4.1)

where p= 3 2 .

Case 1. Let f(t,u)= u α , 0<α< 1 2 , I 1 (u)= u α 1 , 0< α 1 <1. Then

lim u 0 + f ( t , u ) u p 1 = lim u 0 + u α u p 1 =, lim u 0 + I 1 ( u ) u = lim u 0 + u α 1 1 =.
(4.2)

From (4.2) we see that (H1) is satisfied. In fact, since p=3/2 and t 1 =1/2, p =1/2, κ 1 = κ 2 =1/ 2 . Taking a 1 =3, a 2 =1, we get

a 1 p p 1 κ 1 + π 2 4 a 2 p t 1 p κ 2 k = 1 m cos ( π t k 2 ) > π 2 4 .

Moreover,

lim u f ( t , u ) u p 1 = lim u u α u p 1 =0, lim u I 1 ( u ) u = lim u u α 1 1 =0.
(4.3)

From (4.3) we see that (H2) is satisfied, for example taking b 1 =1, b 2 = 1 10 . All the assumptions in Theorem 3.1 are satisfied, and the problem (4.1) has at least one positive solution by Theorem 3.1.

Case 2. Take f(t,u)= u β , β> 1 2 , I 1 (u)= u β 1 , β 1 >1. One can easily verify conditions (H3) and (H4). Thus the problem (4.1) has at least one positive solution by Theorem 3.2.

Case 3. Let f(t,u)= u α + u β 5 , 0<α< 1 2 <β, I 1 (u)= u 5 . Thus, we get

lim u 0 + f ( t , u ) u p 1 = lim u 0 + u α + u β 5 u p 1 =.
(4.4)

From (4.4) we see that (H1) is satisfied. Note

lim u f ( t , u ) u p 1 = lim u u α + u β 5 u p 1 =.
(4.5)

From (4.5) we see that (H3) is satisfied. Take ρ=1, η= 4 5 , η 1 = 1 5 in (H5), and note for 0uρ and t[0,1] that f(t,u) ρ α + ρ β 5 = 2 5 < 2 5 5 = η 1 2 , I 1 (u)= u 5 1 5 = η 1 . As a result, (H5) holds. From Theorem 3.3, the problem (4.1) has at least two positive solutions.

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The authors are grateful to the anonymous referee for his/her valuable suggestions. The first author thanks Prof. Zhongli Wei for his valuable help. This work is supported financially by the Shandong Provincial Natural Science Foundation (ZR2012AQ007) and Graduate Independent Innovation Foundation of Shandong University (yzc12063).

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Ding, Y., O’Regan, D. Positive solutions for a second-order p-Laplacian impulsive boundary value problem. Adv Differ Equ 2012, 159 (2012). https://doi.org/10.1186/1687-1847-2012-159

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Keywords

  • impulsive boundary value problem
  • p-Laplacian
  • fixed point theorem
  • positive solution
  • eigenvalue
  • Jensen inequality