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The method of finding solutions of partial dynamic equations on time scales
Advances in Difference Equations volume 2013, Article number: 141 (2013)
Abstract
On time scales, one area lacking of development is the method of finding solutions on partial dynamic equations. This paper proposes a method for finding the exact solution of linear partial dynamic equations on arbitrage time scales. We modify the variational iteration method on ℝ to find an approximation of the nonlinear partial dynamic equation on $\overline{{q}^{\mathbb{N}}}$. As an example, the modified variational iteration method is applied to qBerger equations and to qFisher equations. Their numerical results reveal that the proposed method is very effective.
1 Introduction
A time scale is a nonempty closed subset of real numbers. On time scale calculus, notations and theorems have been well established for the univariate case [1]. Solutions of ordinary differential equations, such as initial value problems and boundary value problems, have been studied and published during the past two decades on time scales. In recent years, Hoffacker [2] and Ahlbrandt and Morian [3] demonstrated the related ideas to the multivariate case and studied partial dynamic equations on time scales. Notations and definitions on multivariate time scales calculus can be found in Bohner and Guseinov [4, 5]. Jackson [6] extended the existing ideas of the time scales calculus [3] to the multivariate case. The method of generalized Laplace transform on time scales is applied to find solutions of the homogeneous and nonhomogeneous heat and wave equations. Recent developments in the method of finding solutions have aroused further interest in the discussion of partial dynamic equations on time scales.
For the nonlinear cases, methods of finding solutions are not mentioned for partial dynamic equations on time scales. One of the difficulties for developing a theory of series solutions to nonlinear equations on time scales is that the formula for multiplications of two generalized polynomials is not easily found. If a time scale has constant graininess, Haile and Hall [7] provided an exact formula for the multiplication of two generalized polynomials. Using the obtained results, the series solutions for linear dynamic equations are proposed on the time scales ℝ and $\mathbb{T}=h\mathbb{Z}$ (difference equations with step size h). On generalized time scales, Mozyrska and Pawtuszewicz [8] presented a formula for the multiplication of generalized polynomials of degree one and degree $n\in \mathbb{N}$. Liu [9] provided a product rule of two generalized polynomials on the time scale $\overline{{q}^{\mathbb{Z}}}=\{{q}^{n}\mid n\in \mathbb{N}\}\cup \{0\}$.
The variational iteration method proposed by He [10] is a powerful mathematical tool in analyzing the nonlinear problems on ℝ (the set of real numbers). Over the last few years, the variational iteration method (VIM) has been widely applied to analyze the nonlinear boundary value problems [11], the nonlinear heat diffusion equations [12] and the nonlinear reactiondiffusion equations [13]. An advantage of the VIM is that there is no need to make the assumption of the small parameters. On nonlinear partial dynamic equations, approximate solutions obtained by the variational iteration method are not found yet.
In this paper, we first explore a simple method to find the exact solution of linear partial dynamic equations on time scales. For the nonlinear cases, we derive a product rule of two generalized polynomials on $\overline{{q}^{\mathbb{Z}}}$, which provides an idea for developing a series solutions on qcalculus. Applying the product rules, we extend the variational iteration method from the set of real numbers ℝ to the time scales $\overline{{q}^{\mathbb{Z}}}$. The extension provides a method to find an approximate solution on the nonlinear partial dynamic equation on $\overline{{q}^{\mathbb{Z}}}$. Moreover, the VIM is applied to find an approximation of the qBerger equation and the qFisher equation. By the numerical results, we found that the modified VIM is very effective. The VIM can be applied to other time scales when the multiplication rule of two generalized polynomials on these time scales is obtained.
This paper is organized as follows. In Section 2, the basic ideas of partial dynamic equations on time scales are introduced. In Section 3, a method is explored to find an exact solution of linear initial value problems on time scales. In Section 4, a product rule of two generalized polynomials at 0 is derived on $\overline{{q}^{\mathbb{Z}}}$ and the variational iteration method is applied to find an approximate solution of the Burger equation and the Fisher equation. In Section 5, numerical examples reveal that the proposed method is very effective. Finally, a concise conclusion and future directions are provided in Section 6.
2 Basic concepts on time scales
A time scale is an arbitrary nonempty closed subset of the real numbers. The calculus of time scales was introduced by Hilger [14] in order to create a theory that can unify discrete and continuous analysis.
2.1 An introduction to time scales
In this subsection, we first define the forward and backward jump operators on time scales and then introduce the delta derivative and the integration.
Definition 1 Let $\mathbb{T}$ be a time scale. For $t\in \mathbb{T}$ the forward jump operator $\sigma :\mathbb{T}\to \mathbb{T}$ is defined by
and the backward jump operator $\rho :\mathbb{T}\to \mathbb{T}$ is defined by
The gain function $\mu :\mathbb{T}\to [0,\mathrm{\infty})$ is defined by
According to the forward jump operator and the gain function, the delta derivative on the time scale $\mathbb{T}$ is given as follows.
Definition 2 Assume that $f:\mathbb{T}\to \mathbb{R}$ is a function and let $t\in \mathbb{T}$. If $\sigma (t)>t$, the delta derivative of $f(t)$ at t on the time scale $\mathbb{T}$ is defined as
A function $f(t)$ on $\mathbb{T}$ is said to be differentiable at t if its derivative exists at t, $\mathrm{\forall}t\in \mathbb{T}$.
Integration on a time scale can be viewed as an antiderivative.
Definition 3 If we have delta derivative $g(t)={f}^{\Delta}(t)$ on the time scale $\mathbb{T}$, then the antiderivative is
and the definite integral on the time scale $\mathbb{T}$ follows as
Following the delta derivative and integration, we define the generalized polynomials as follows.
Definition 4 On the time scale $\mathbb{T}$, the generalized polynomials ${h}_{k}(\cdot ,{t}_{0}):\mathbb{T}\to \mathbb{R}$ are defined recursively as follows:
Hence, for each fixed s, the delta derivative of ${h}_{k}$ with respect to t satisfies
2.2 An introduction to qcalculus
Let
where ℕ denotes the set of positive integers.
If a and q are real numbers such that $0<q<1$, then the qshift factorial [15] is defined by
Following Definition 2, the qderivative is given as follows.
Definition 5 Assume that $f:\overline{{q}^{\mathbb{N}}}\to \mathbb{R}$ is a function and $t\in \overline{{q}^{\mathbb{N}}}$. The qderivative [1] at t is defined by
and
By computing the recurrence relation, the qpolynomials are represented as
on $\overline{{q}^{\mathbb{N}}}$ [1].
A qdifference equation is an equation that contains qderivatives of a function defined on $\overline{{q}^{\mathbb{N}}}$.
2.3 Multivariable calculus on time scales
The differentiation and integrations are introduced for functions of two variables on time scales [3]. Definitions on multivariate calculus on time scales can be found in Bohner and Guseinov [4, 5]. Following the line of ideas, the dynamic equations on time scales are extended to partial dynamic equations on time scales [2, 3, 14].
Let ${\mathbb{T}}_{1}$ and ${\mathbb{T}}_{2}$ be any two time scales. Consider the ‘rectangle’ $\mathbb{T}={\mathbb{T}}_{1}\times {\mathbb{T}}_{2}$. For any $\mathbf{t}\in \mathbb{T}$, the jump operator of $\mathbf{t}=({t}_{1},{t}_{2})$ for ${t}_{1}\in {\mathbb{T}}_{1}$ and ${t}_{2}\in {\mathbb{T}}_{2}$ is given as follows:

1.
The forward jump operators $\sigma :\mathbb{T}\to \mathbb{T}$ by $\sigma (\mathbf{t})=(\sigma ({t}_{1}),\sigma ({t}_{2}))$ are defined as $\sigma ({t}_{1})=inf(s\in {\mathbb{T}}_{1}\mid s>{t}_{1})$ and $\sigma ({t}_{2})=inf(s\in {\mathbb{T}}_{2}\mid s>{t}_{2})$.

2.
The backward jump operators $\tau :\mathbb{T}\to \mathbb{T}$ by $\tau (\mathbf{t})=(\tau ({t}_{1}),\tau ({t}_{2}))$ are defined as $\tau ({t}_{1})=sup(s\in {\mathbb{T}}_{1}\mid s<{t}_{1})$ and $\tau ({t}_{2})=sup(s\in {\mathbb{T}}_{2}\mid s<{t}_{2})$.
To use the notations for partial derivatives with respect to time scale variables ${t}_{1}$ and ${t}_{2}$, respectively, we employ lexicographic ordering for consistency. Let ${f}^{{\Delta}_{1}}$ denote the time scale partial derivative with respect to ${t}_{1}$ and let ${f}^{{\Delta}_{2}}$ denote the time scale partial derivative with respect to ${t}_{2}$. Definitions of these partial derivatives are given as below [2, 3].
Definition 6 Let f be a realvalued function on $\mathbb{T}$. At $({t}_{1},{t}_{2})\in \mathbb{T}={\mathbb{T}}_{1}\times {\mathbb{T}}_{2}$ we say f has a ${\Delta}_{1}$partial derivative ${f}^{{\Delta}_{1}}({t}_{1},{t}_{2})$ if for each $\epsilon >0$, there exists a neighborhood U of ${t}_{1}$, with $U=({t}_{1}\delta ,{t}_{1}+\delta )\cap {\mathbb{T}}_{1}$ for $\delta >0$, such that
for all $s\in U$. On the other hand, we say f has a ${\Delta}_{2}$partial derivative ${f}^{{\Delta}_{2}}({t}_{1},{t}_{2})$ if for each $\epsilon >0$, there exists a neighborhood V of ${t}_{2}$, with $V=({t}_{2}\delta ,{t}_{2}+\delta )\cap {\mathbb{T}}_{2}$ for $\delta >0$, such that
for all $s\in V$.
Using the ideas of time scale partial derivatives, notations of mixed partial and high order partial derivatives are given as follows:

1.
${f}^{{\Delta}_{ij}}(\mathbf{t})$ (if this value exists) denotes first taking the partial derivative with respect to ${t}_{i}$ and then taking the partial derivative with respect to ${t}_{j}$, so that ${f}^{{\Delta}_{ij}}={({f}^{{\Delta}_{i}})}^{{\Delta}_{j}}$, $i,j=1,2$.

2.
${f}^{{\Delta}_{i}^{n}}(\mathbf{t})$ (if this value exists) denotes taking the partial derivative of $f(\mathbf{t})$ with respect to ${t}_{i}$ n times.
3 The exact solution of linear initial value problems on time scales
Let ${h}_{k}({t}_{1},0)$ and ${g}_{k}({t}_{2},0)$ be the generalized polynomials on ${\mathbb{T}}_{1}$ and ${\mathbb{T}}_{2}$, respectively. In this section, the variational iteration method on ℝ is extended to provide a method of finding the exact solution of linear partial dynamic equations on time scales. The introduction and the details of the variational iteration method can be found in the Appendix and in [10].
3.1 The exact solution of the firstorder linear partial dynamic equations
We first consider the firstorder linear partial dynamic equations as the form
where $f({t}_{2})={\sum}_{i=0}^{K}{a}_{i}{g}_{i}({t}_{2},0)$ on ${\mathbb{T}}_{2}$ and ${a}_{i}$, $i=1,\dots ,K$ are real numbers.
The basic character of the variational iteration method is to construct a correction functional for the system, which reads
where L is a linear operator on ${\mathbb{T}}_{1}$, N is a linear (or nonlinear) operator on ${\mathbb{T}}_{2}$ (or ${\mathbb{T}}_{1}\times {\mathbb{T}}_{2}$), λ is a Lagrange multiplier which can be identified optimally by variational theory, ${u}_{n}$ is the n th approximation, and ${\tilde{u}}_{n}$ denotes a restricted variation, that is, $\delta {\tilde{u}}_{n}=0$.
The linear operator L is selected as
and the other operator N is selected as
Make the above correction functional stationary with respect to ${u}_{n}$
We, therefore, have the following stationary conditions:
The Lagrange multiplier can be readily identified
As a result, the variational iteration formula is obtained
Using the initial condition ${u}_{0}=f({t}_{2})$ and the iteration formula (2), we have the following equations:
and
As k is large enough such that ${f}^{{\Delta}_{2}^{k}}$ equals to zero, the series solution ${u}_{k}$ is the exact solution of (1).
Example 1 Consider the initial value problem
where ${g}_{k}({t}_{2},0)$ is a generalized polynomial on ${\mathbb{T}}_{2}$. The function
is the exact solution of (3).
Proof We now verify that the obtained function ${u}_{k}$ actually solves the initial value problem (3). First, we show that the obtained function satisfies the initial condition. Since ${h}_{0}(t,s)\equiv 1$ for all t, s and ${h}_{j}(0,0)\equiv 1$ for $j>0$, we have
Second, we display the obtained function ${u}_{k}$ satisfying the equation by
This implies that ${u}_{k}^{{\Delta}_{1}}({t}_{1},{t}_{2}){c}^{2}{u}_{k}^{{\Delta}_{2}}({t}_{1},{t}_{2})=0$ on ${\mathbb{T}}_{1}\times {\mathbb{T}}_{2}$. □
3.2 The exact solution of the secondorder linear partial dynamic equations
Consider the secondorder partial dynamic equation as the form
where $f({t}_{2})={\sum}_{i=0}^{K}{a}_{i}{g}_{i}({t}_{2},0)$ on ${\mathbb{T}}_{2}$ and ${a}_{i}$, $i=1,\dots ,K$ are real numbers.
In this work, the linear operator L is selected as
and the other operator N is selected as
Using the initial condition ${u}_{0}({t}_{1},{t}_{2})=f({t}_{2})$ and the iteration formula (2), we have the following equations:
and
As k is large enough such that ${f}^{{\Delta}_{2}^{(2k)}}$ equals to zero, the series solution ${u}_{k}$ is the exact solution of (4).
Example 2 Consider the IVP
where ${g}_{k}({t}_{2},0)$ is a generalized polynomial of ${\mathbb{T}}_{2}$. The function
is the exact solution of (5).
The exact solution of Example 2 is also obtained by Jackson [6]. He transformed the IVP into an ODE and obtained the exact solution as
where $\lfloor k/2\rfloor $ denotes the floor of $k/2$.
When the initial condition can be represented as a finite series of generalized polynomials, we have proposed a useful method of finding the exact solution of partial dynamic equations on time scales. When the initial condition is represented as an infinite series of generalized polynomials, the approximate solution can be obtained by the same manner. In the following section, we consider the nonlinear partial dynamic equation on the specific time scales.
4 Approximation solutions of nonlinear qpartial dynamic equations
In this section, we extend the variational iteration method to find an approximate solution of nonlinear initial value problems on the time scale $\overline{{q}^{\mathbb{N}}}$.
To extend the variational iteration method, we first display a production rule [9] of two qpolynomials at 0 which will be used to derive an approximate solution in the following discussion.
Theorem 1 Let ${h}_{i}(t,0)$ and ${h}_{j}(t,0)$ be two qpolynomials at zero. We have
Proof Since
we have
This implies that
□
Proposition 1 Let ${h}_{i}(t,0)$ and ${h}_{j}(t,0)$ be any two qpolynomials. We have
Proof It suffices to show that
Suppose $i>j$, we have
□
Let ${h}_{k}$ and ${g}_{k}$ be generalized polynomials of $\overline{{q}_{1}^{\mathbb{N}}}$ and $\overline{{q}_{2}^{\mathbb{N}}}$. The variational iteration method is now applied to find an approximate solution of the nonlinear partial dynamic equations as the form
When the linear operator L is selected as
and the other operator N is selected as $Nu$, the variational iteration formula is obtained as
with the initial approximation
Example 3 Consider the partial dynamic equations as the form
With the variational iteration formula, we obtain the first few components of ${u}_{n}({t}_{1},{t}_{2})$:
where ${H}_{1}(k,l)=\frac{{({q}_{1}^{k+1};{q}_{1})}_{l}}{{({q}_{1};{q}_{1})}_{l}}$ and ${H}_{2}(k,l)=\frac{{({q}_{2}^{k+1};{q}_{2})}_{l}}{{({q}_{2};{q}_{2})}_{l}}$.
In the same manner, the rest of components of the iteration formula are obtained iteratively.
4.1 Applications to the qBurger equation and the Fisher equation
qBurger equation
First of all, we consider the qBurger equation as the form
When the linear operator and the nonlinear operator are selected as $Lu={u}^{{\Delta}_{1}}$ and $Nu=u{u}^{{\Delta}_{2}}\alpha {u}^{{\Delta}_{2}^{2}}$, respectively, the variational iteration formula is obtained as
Let $G({t}_{2})={H}_{2}(k,k1){g}_{2k1}({t}_{2},0)+\alpha {g}_{k2}({t}_{2},0)$ and ${H}_{2}(k,l)=\frac{{({q}_{2}^{k+1};{q}_{2})}_{l}}{{({q}_{2};{q}_{2})}_{l}}$. With the initial condition ${u}_{0}({t}_{1},{t}_{2})\equiv u(0,{t}_{2})={g}_{k}({t}_{2},0)$, we have
In the same manner, the rest of components of the iteration formula are obtained iteratively.
qFisher equation
Secondly, we consider the qFisher equation, which is a nonlinear reaction diffusion equation, as the form
The variational iteration formula is obtained as
Let $G({t}_{2})=\alpha {h}_{k2}({t}_{2})+\beta {g}_{k}({t}_{2},0)\beta {H}_{2}(k,k){g}_{2k}({t}_{2},0)$ and ${H}_{2}(k,l)=\frac{{({q}_{2}^{k+1};{q}_{2})}_{l}}{{({q}_{2};{q}_{2})}_{l}}$. With the initial condition ${u}_{0}({t}_{1},{t}_{2})\equiv u(0,{t}_{2})={g}_{k}({t}_{2},0)$, we have
In the same manner, the rest of components of the iteration formula are obtained iteratively.
5 Numerical results
The approximate solutions introduced in the previous sections will be illustrated with some examples.
Let ${\mathbb{T}}_{1}={\mathbb{T}}_{2}=\overline{{0.9}^{\mathbb{N}}}=\{0.9,0.81,0.729,\dots ,0\}$, where 0 is the cluster point of $\overline{{q}^{\mathbb{N}}}$. The qshift factorial with $q=0.9$ is given as
and the qpolynomials are represented as
$t\in \{{0.9}^{n},n\in \mathbb{N}\}\cup \{0\}$ and ${h}_{k}(0,0)=1$. The multiplication of two generalized polynomials ${h}_{k}(t,0)$ and ${h}_{l}(t,0)$ is obtained as
where $H(k,l)=\frac{{({0.9}^{k+1};0.9)}_{l}}{{(0.9;0.9)}_{l}}$. For example, $H(1,1)=\frac{{({0.9}^{2};0.9)}_{1}}{{(0.9;0.9)}_{1}}=\frac{(1{0.9}^{2})}{(10.9)}=\frac{1.9}{0.1}=1.9$.
Example 4 Consider the nonlinear partial dynamic equation as the form
The initial approximation can be given as
according to the initial condition. By the variational iteration formula (2), the first two components of ${u}_{n}({t}_{1},{t}_{2})$ are obtained:
The rest of components of the iteration formula are obtained in the same manner. The responses of $u({t}_{1},{t}_{2})$ are shown in Figure 1.
Example 5 Consider the Fisher equation as the form
With the initial condition ${u}_{0}({t}_{1},{t}_{2})={g}_{1}({t}_{2},0)$, the first two components are obtained
where $G({t}_{2})={g}_{1}({t}_{2},0)1.9{g}_{2}({t}_{2},0)$. The rest of components of the iteration formula are obtained in the same manner. The responses of $u({t}_{1},{t}_{2})$ are shown in Figure 2.
Now, we have demonstrated a method for finding an approximate solution of nonlinear partial dynamic equations on $\overline{{q}_{1}^{\mathbb{N}}}\times \overline{{q}_{2}^{\mathbb{N}}}$. The proposed tool could also be applied to other nonlinear qpartial dynamic equations.
In future studies, we intend to derive the multiplication rule of two generalized polynomials and extend the application of the variational iteration method to nonlinear partial dynamic equations on other time scales.
6 Conclusion and future direction
In this paper, we have propose a method to find the exact solution of the linear partial dynamic equation on time scales and to find an approximate solution of the nonlinear qpartial dynamic equations. Moreover, this method is applied to provide an approximate solution of the qBerger equations and the qFisher equations.
To extend the method to other time scales, it is important to derive a multiplication rule of two generalized polynomials on the other time scales. On the other hand, approximate solutions as well as their properties of the nonlinear partial dynamic equations, such as BenjaminOno equations and the BenjaminBonaMahony equations, are not found on $\overline{{q}^{\mathbb{N}}}$ yet. In the future studies, we would intend to derive the multiplication rule of two generalized polynomials or to provide an approximation of other nonlinear qpartial dynamic equations by using the proposing method.
Appendix: Basic ideas of the variational iteration method
To clarify the ideas of the variational iteration method, we consider the following nonlinear equation:
where L is a linear operator, N is a nonlinear operator and g is an inhomogeneous term. According to the variational iteration method, we can construct a correction functional as follows:
where λ is a general Lagrange multiplier, ${u}_{0}$ is an initial approximation which must be chosen suitably and ${\tilde{u}}_{n}$ is considered as a restricted variation, that is, $\delta {\tilde{u}}_{n}=0$. To find the optimal value of λ, we make the above correction functional stationary with respect to ${u}_{n}$, noticing that $\delta {u}_{n}(0)=0$, and have
Having obtained the optimal Lagrange multiplier, the successive approximations ${u}_{n}$, $n\ge 0$, of the solution u are determined upon the initial function ${u}_{0}$. Therefore, the exact solution is obtained at the limit of the resulting successive approximations.
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Liu, HK. The method of finding solutions of partial dynamic equations on time scales. Adv Differ Equ 2013, 141 (2013). https://doi.org/10.1186/168718472013141
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Keywords
 partial dynamic equations on time scales
 nonlinear qdifference equation
 variational iterative method
 approximate solutions