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On the existence and stability of two positive solutions of a hybrid differential system of arbitrary fractional order via Avery–Anderson–Henderson criterion on cones


The main objective of this paper is to investigate the existence, uniqueness, and Ulam–Hyers stability of positive solutions for fractional integro-differential boundary values problem. Uniqueness result is obtained by using the Banach principle. For obtaining two positive solutions, we apply another fixed point criterion due to Avery–Anderson–Henderson on cones by establishing some inequalities. An illustrative example is presented to indicate the validity of the obtained results. The results are new and provide a generalization to some known results in the literature.


The topic of fractional boundary values problems gained a largest share of interest of researchers and scientists due to its great and important role in many fields such as engineering, physics, chemistry, and many other applications, see [13] and the references therein.

The subject of analysis of differential systems such as existence, uniqueness, and stability of solution for various boundary values problems has received the attention of many researchers, since the shape of the solution of differential models is obtained by its boundary [415]. One form of active research is the hybrid system that has been used as a model of several physical systems and has an unusual differential form, see [1623].

The fixed point theorems of many versions are the main core of obtaining the necessary and sufficient criteria implying the existence and uniqueness of solution for fractional boundary values problems [2442]. In particular, Banach fixed point theorem is the most popular one to find the unique solution of the problem. The existence of more than one solution has been obtained by many fixed point theorems such as Schauder’s and Krasnosel’skii’s fixed point theorems according to the stated given conditions on nonlinear terms. The existence of at least two solutions of the nonlinear boundary value problem (BVP) are given by Avery–Anderson–Henderson fixed point principle [43].

The in-depth qualitative behavior of the solution for fractional BVPs is the positivity of such solutions. The study of existence and stability of positive solution in boundary value problems is characterized by more investigation in all components of the fractional models along with the involved boundary conditions [44, 45]. Most researchers avoid the multi nonzero components in initial or boundary conditions such as constants, functions, integrals, or even derivatives of functions. The using of the zero-valued-conditions fasciate these investigations and avoid any conflicts of the components.

Sun et al. [46] investigated the required conditions for confirming the existence and uniqueness of the solution to a nonlinear fractional differential equation (FDE) whose nonlinearity involves an explicit fractional derivative using Avery–Anderson–Henderson fixed point theorem. Devi et al. [44] studied the existence and uniqueness along with the Ulam–Hyers (UH) stability of positive solution of general nonlinear FDEs containing p-Laplacian operator. The authors of [47] turned to the existence and multiplicity of positive solutions for a system consisting of Riemann–Liouville FDEs equipped with the p-Laplacian operators and singular nonnegative nonlinearities, and also furnished with nonlocal boundary conditions which possess the integrals of Riemann–Stieltjes type. The existence criterion and its stability of a hybrid fractional differential equation with fractional integral, fractional derivative in the Caputo sense, and p-Laplacian operator are also investigated in the research article by Al-Sadi et al. [48].

In this article, we focus on the fractional integro-differential boundary value problem of a hybrid system given as

$$ \textstyle\begin{cases} D^{\alpha }(x(t)-g(t,x(t)))=f(t,x(t)),\quad t\in (t_{0},T),\alpha \in (n-1,n), \\ m_{0}x(t_{0})+n_{0}D^{\rho _{0}}x(T)=I^{\delta _{0}}h_{0}(T,x(T)),\quad \rho _{0}\in (0,1), m_{0},n_{0}\in \mathbb{R}, \\ m_{1}x(t_{0})+n_{1}D^{\rho _{1}}x(T)=I^{\delta _{1}}h_{1}(T,x(T)),\quad \rho _{1}\in (1,2), m_{1},n_{1}\in \mathbb{R}, \\ x^{(k)}(t_{0})=I^{\delta _{k}}h_{k}(T,x(T)),\quad k=2,3,\ldots,n-1,n>2,\end{cases} $$

where \(m_{1},n_{0}\neq 0\), \(D^{\alpha }\) denotes the Caputo fractional derivative and \(f,g,h_{k}:[t_{0},T]\times \mathbb{R} \rightarrow \mathbb{R}\), \(k=0,1,\ldots,n-1\), are given continuous functions, and \(\delta _{0}, \dots , \delta _{n-1}>0\). Note that the novelty of the paper in the above system is that we shall investigate the qualitative criteria for two positive solutions to a new hybrid system with the finite number of integro-differential boundary conditions in terminal points with the help of a complicated case of fixed point techniques due to Avery–Anderson–Henderson. By taking different values for existing parameters and functions, one can get some well-known FDEs studied in the previous research works.

The other five sections of the manuscript are summarized as follows: In Sect. 2, we offer basic preliminaries of results in fractional calculus and fixed point theories. In Sect. 3, the solution of the fractional linear model of (1) is obtained. Therefore, an application of Banach fixed point theorem on the integral solution for system (1) implies the existence of one and only one solution of the system. In Sect. 4, to apply Avery–Anderson–Henderson fixed point theorem, we obtain sufficient criteria and conditions for the positivity and existence of at least two of them for fractional hybrid system (1) by showing the complete continuity of the operator that represents the integral solution of the system. In Sect. 5, the UH stability of the solution is investigated and sufficient conditions for this kind of stability are obtained. Finally, in Sect. 6, we design an example to ensure the consistency of the results. The conclusion section closes this paper.

Preliminaries and notations

We again introduce several specifications and facts about fractional calculus and topics of fixed point theorems.

Definition 2.1


The Riemann–Liouville (left-sided) fractional integral of a real-valued function \(\phi \in C[t_{0},T]\) is introduced as

$$ I^{q }\phi (t)=\frac{1}{\Gamma (q )} \int _{t_{0}}^{t}(t-s)^{q -1} \phi (s) \,ds,\quad q >0, $$

if it exists.

Definition 2.2


The Caputo fractional derivative of order \(q \in (n-1,n]\) for \(\phi \in C^{n}[t_{0},T]\) is defined as

$$ D^{q }\phi (t)= \textstyle\begin{cases} I^{n-q }\phi ^{(n)}(t),&n-1< q < n, \\ \phi ^{(n)}(t),&q =n,\end{cases}$$

if it exists.

Lemma 2.3


Let \(n-1< q < n\), then

$$ I^{q }D^{q } \phi (t)= \phi (t)+ a_{0}+a_{1}(t-t_{0})+a_{2}(t-t_{0})^{2}+ \cdots +a_{n-1}(t-t_{0})^{n-1} $$

for \(a_{k}\in \mathbb{R} \), \(k=0,1,\ldots ,n-1\).

For example, the γth Caputo derivative of \(\phi (t)=(t-t_{0})^{\zeta }\) is given by

$$ D^{\gamma }(t-t_{0})^{\zeta }= \textstyle\begin{cases} \frac{\Gamma (\zeta +1)}{\Gamma (\zeta -\gamma +1)}(t-t_{0})^{\zeta - \gamma },&n-1< \gamma < n,n-1< \zeta , \\ 0, & \zeta \leq n-1.\end{cases} $$

Theorem 2.4

(Banach principle [24])

Let \((E, \Vert \cdot \Vert )\) be a Banach space and Ω be a closed and bounded subset of E. If \(\Psi :\Omega \rightarrow \Omega \) is a contraction operator, then Ψ has a unique fixed point in Ω. We mean by a contraction that it is an operator Ψ that satisfies

$$ \Vert \Psi x-\Psi y \Vert \leq k \Vert x-y \Vert , \quad k\in (0,1), x,y \in \Omega . $$

Theorem 2.5

(Avery–Anderson–Henderson theorem [43])

Consider \((E, \Vert \cdot \Vert )\) as a Banach space, \(P\in E\) as a cone, and μ and ϕ as two increasing nonnegative continuous functionals on P, and let ω be a nonnegative continuous functional on P with \(\omega (0)=0\) provided that, for some \(r_{3}>0\) and \(M>0\), the inequalities \(\phi (x)\leq \omega (x)\leq \mu (x)\) and \(\Vert x\Vert \leq M\phi (x)\) fulfill \(\forall x\in \overline{P(\phi ,r_{3})}\), in which \(P(\phi ,r_{3})=\{x\in P:\phi (x)< r_{3}\}\). Let positive numbers \(r_{1}< r_{2}< r_{3}\) exist so that \(\omega (lx)\leq l\omega (x)\) for \(0\leq l\leq 1\), and \(x\in \partial P(\omega ,r_{2})\). If \(\Psi :\overline{P(\phi ,r_{3})}\rightarrow P\) is an operator with the complete continuity property satisfying:

  1. (C1)

    \(\phi (\Psi x)>r_{3}\), \(\forall x\in \partial P(\phi ,r_{3})\);

  2. (C2)

    \(\omega (\Psi x)< r_{2}\), \(\forall x\in \partial P(\omega ,r_{2})\);

  3. (C3)

    \(P(\mu ,r_{1})\neq \emptyset \), and \(\mu (\Psi x)>r_{1}\), \(\forall x\in \partial P(\mu ,r_{1})\),

then Ψ admits at least two fixed points \(x_{1}\) and \(x_{2}\) provided that \(r_{1}<\mu (x_{1})\) with \(\omega (x_{1})< r_{2}\) and \(r_{2}<\omega (x_{2})\) with \(\phi (x_{2})< r_{3}\).

Results regarding unique solution

We obtain firstly a solution of the corresponding linear system of (1).

Theorem 3.1

Let \(m_{1},n_{0}\neq 0\) and \(\delta _{0}, \dots , \delta _{n-1}>0\). Then the linear hybrid fractional boundary value problem (FBVP)

$$ \textstyle\begin{cases} D^{\alpha }(x(t)-g(t))=f(t),\quad t\in (t_{0},T), \alpha >2, \\ m_{0}x(t_{0})+n_{0}D^{\rho _{0}}x(T)=I^{\delta _{0}}h_{0}(T),\quad \rho _{0} \in (0,1), m_{0},n_{0}\in \mathbb{R}, \\ m_{1}x(t_{0})+n_{1}D^{\rho _{1}}x(T)=I^{\delta _{1}}h_{1}(T),\quad \rho _{1} \in (1,2), m_{1},n_{1}\in \mathbb{R}, \\ x^{(k)}(t_{0})=I^{\delta _{k}}h_{k}(T),\quad k=2,3,\ldots , n-1,n\geq 3,\end{cases}$$

has an integral solution in the following form:

$$\begin{aligned} x(t) &= I^{\alpha }f(t)+g(t)-g(t_{0}) \\ &\quad {}+ \frac{(t-t_{0})\Gamma (2-\rho _{0})}{n_{0}(T-t_{0})^{1-\rho _{0}}} \biggl(I^{\delta _{0}}h_{0}(T)- \frac{m_{0}}{m_{1}}I^{\delta _{1}}h_{1}(T) \biggr)+ \frac{1}{m_{1}}I^{\delta _{1}}h_{1}(T) \\ &\quad {}+\frac{(t-t_{0})\Gamma (2-\rho _{0})}{(T-t_{0})^{1-\rho _{0}}} \biggl( \frac{n_{1}m_{0}}{m_{1}n_{0}}I^{\alpha -\rho _{1}}f(T)-I^{\alpha -\rho _{0}}f(T) \biggr)-\frac{n_{1}}{m_{1}}I^{\alpha -\rho _{1}}f(T) \\ &\quad {}+\frac{(t-t_{0})\Gamma (2-\rho _{0})}{(T-t_{0})^{1-\rho _{0}}} \biggl( \frac{n_{1}m_{0}}{m_{1}n_{0}}D^{\rho _{1}}g(T)-D^{\rho _{0}}g(T) \biggr)- \frac{n_{1}}{m_{1}}D^{\rho _{1}}g(T) \\ &\quad {}+\sum_{k=2}^{n-1} \biggl[ { \frac{n_{1}(T-t_{0})^{k-\rho _{1}}}{m_{1}\Gamma (k-\rho _{1}+1)}} \biggl[ {1-\frac{m_{0}}{n_{0}} \frac{(t-t_{0})\Gamma (2-\rho _{0})}{(T-t_{0})^{1-\rho _{0}}}} \biggr] {-\frac{(t-t_{0})^{k}}{k!}} \\ &\quad {} + \frac{(T-t_{0})^{k-1}(t-t_{0})\Gamma (2-\rho _{0})}{\Gamma (k-\rho _{0}+1)} \biggr] { \bigl[g^{(k)}(t_{0})-I^{\delta _{k}}h_{k}(T) \bigr]}. \end{aligned}$$


Taking the fractional integral to both sides of differential equation (3) and using Lemma 2.3, we get

$$ x(t)=I^{\alpha }f(t)+g(t)+\sum_{k=0}^{n-1}{c_{k}(t-t_{0})^{k}}. $$

By definition of the Caputo derivative of the fractional order \(\rho _{i}<\alpha \), and using equation (2), it becomes

$$\begin{aligned} D^{\rho _{i}}x(t) &=I^{\alpha -\rho _{i}}f(t)+D^{\rho _{i}}g(t)+\sum _{k=0}^{n-1}{c_{k}D^{ \rho _{i}}(t-t_{0})^{k}} \\ &=I^{\alpha -\rho _{i}}f(t)+D^{\rho _{i}}g(t)+\sum _{k=\lceil \rho _{i} \rceil }^{n-1}{\frac{c_{k}\Gamma (k+1)}{\Gamma (k-\rho _{i}+1)}(t-t_{0})^{k-\rho _{i}}.} \end{aligned}$$

Particularly, we find

$$ D^{\rho _{0}}x(t)=I^{\alpha -\rho _{0}}f(t)+D^{\rho _{0}}g(t)+\sum _{k=1}^{n-1}{ \frac{c_{k}\Gamma (k+1)}{\Gamma (k-\rho _{0}+1)}(t-t_{0})^{k-\rho _{0}}} $$


$$ D^{\rho _{1}}x(t)=I^{\alpha -\rho _{1}}f(t)+D^{\rho _{1}}g(t)+\sum _{k=2}^{n-1}{ \frac{c_{k}\Gamma (k+1)}{\Gamma (k-\rho _{1}+1)}(t-t_{0})^{k-\rho _{1}}}. $$


$$ x(t_{0})=g(t_{0})+c_{0} $$


$$ D^{\rho _{i}}x(t_{0})=D^{\rho _{i}}g(t_{0})\quad \bigl(i\in \{0,1\} \bigr). $$

Also, we have

$$ x(T)=I^{\alpha }f(T)+g(T)+\sum_{k=0}^{n-1}{c_{k}(T-t_{0})^{k}} $$


$$ D^{\rho _{i}}x(T)=I^{\alpha -\rho _{i}}f(T)+D^{\rho _{i}}g(T)+\sum _{k= \lceil \rho _{i}\rceil }^{n-1}{ \frac{c_{k}\Gamma (k+1)}{\Gamma (k-\rho _{i}+1)}(T-t_{0})^{k-\rho _{i}}}. $$

The boundary condition \(m_{0}x(t_{0})+n_{0}D^{\rho _{0}}x(T)=I^{\delta _{0}}h_{0}(T)\) gives

$$\begin{aligned} I^{\delta _{0}}h_{0}(T) =& m_{0}g(t_{0})+m_{0}c_{0}+n_{0}I^{\alpha - \rho _{0}}f(T)+n_{0}D^{\rho _{0}}g(T) \\ &{}+ n_{0}\sum_{k=1}^{n-1}{ \frac{c_{k}\Gamma (k+1)}{\Gamma (k-\rho _{0}+1)}(T-t_{0})^{k-\rho _{0}}}, \end{aligned}$$

and the condition \(m_{1}x(t_{0})+n_{1}D^{\rho _{1}}x(T)=I^{\delta _{1}}h_{1}(T)\) implies

$$\begin{aligned} I^{\delta _{1}}h_{1}(T) &= m_{1}g(t_{0})+m_{1}c_{0}+n_{1}I^{\alpha - \rho _{1}}f(T)+n_{1}D^{\rho _{1}}g(T) \\ &\quad {}+ n_{1}\sum_{k=2}^{n-1}{ \frac{c_{k}\Gamma (k+1)}{\Gamma (k-\rho _{1}+1)}(T-t_{0})^{k-\rho _{1}}}. \end{aligned}$$

The boundary condition \(x^{(k)}(t_{0})=I^{\delta _{k}}h_{k}(T)\), \(k=2,3,\ldots ,n-1\), implies that

$$ c_{k}=\frac{1}{k!} \bigl[I^{\delta _{k}}h_{k}(T)-g^{(k)}(t_{0}) \bigr],\quad k=2,3, \ldots ,n-1. $$

Substituting (8) into (6) and (7), we obtain

$$\begin{aligned} & m_{0}c_{0}+\frac{c_{1}n_{0}}{\Gamma (2-\rho _{0})}(T-t_{0})^{1- \rho _{0}} \\ &\quad = I^{\delta _{0}}h_{0}(T)-m_{0}g(t_{0})-n_{0}I^{\alpha -\rho _{0}}f(T)-n_{0}D^{ \rho _{0}}g(T) \\ &\qquad {}+n_{0}\sum_{k=2}^{n-1}{ \frac{(T-t_{0})^{k-\rho _{0}}}{\Gamma (k-\rho _{0}+1)} \bigl[g^{(k)}(t_{0})-I^{ \delta _{k}}h_{k}(T) \bigr]} \end{aligned}$$


$$\begin{aligned} c_{0} &= m_{1}^{-1}I^{\delta _{1}}h_{1}(T)-g(t_{0})-m_{1}^{-1}n_{1}I^{ \alpha -\rho _{1}}f(T)-m_{1}^{-1}n_{1}D^{\rho _{1}}g(T) \\ &\quad {}+m_{1}^{-1}n_{1}\sum _{k=2}^{n-1}{ \frac{(T-t_{0})^{k-\rho _{1}}}{\Gamma (k-\rho _{1}+1)} \bigl[g^{(k)}(t_{0})-I^{ \delta _{k}}h_{k}(T) \bigr]}. \end{aligned}$$


$$\begin{aligned} c_{1} &=\frac{\Gamma (2-\rho _{0})}{n_{0}(T-t_{0})^{1-\rho _{0}}} \biggl( I^{\delta _{0}}h_{0}(T)- \frac{m_{0}}{m_{1}}I^{\delta _{1}}h_{1}(T) \biggr) \\ &\quad {}-\frac{\Gamma (2-\rho _{0})}{(T-t_{0})^{1-\rho _{0}}} \biggl( I^{ \alpha -\rho _{0}}f(T)-\frac{m_{0}n_{1}}{n_{0}m_{1}}I^{\alpha -\rho _{1}}f(T) \biggr) \\ &\quad {}-\frac{\Gamma (2-\rho _{0})}{(T-t_{0})^{1-\rho _{0}}} \biggl( D^{ \rho _{0}}g(T)-\frac{m_{0}n_{1}}{n_{0}m_{1}}D^{\rho _{1}}g(T) \biggr) \\ &\quad {}+\frac{\Gamma (2-\rho _{0})}{(T-t_{0})^{1-\rho _{0}}}\sum_{k=2}^{n-1} \biggl( {\frac{(T-t_{0})^{k-\rho _{0}}}{\Gamma (k-\rho _{0}+1)}- \frac{m_{0}n_{1}(T-t_{0})^{k-\rho _{1}}}{n_{0}m_{1}\Gamma (k-\rho _{1}+1)}} \biggr) \\ &\quad {}\times \bigl( {g^{(k)}(t_{0})-I^{\delta _{k}}h_{k}(T)} \bigr) . \end{aligned}$$

Substituting the constants \(c_{k}\), \(k=0,1,2,\ldots,n-1\), into (5), we obtain solution (4), and the proof is finished. □

If \(\rho _{0},\rho _{1}\in (0,1)\), then the integral solution (4) will be different. This case is explained in the next result.

Theorem 3.2

Let \(\frac{m_{0}n_{1}}{n_{0}m_{1}}\neq \frac{\Gamma (2-\rho _{1})}{\Gamma (2-\rho _{0})}(T-t_{0})^{\rho _{1}- \rho _{0}}\) and \(\delta _{0}, \dots , \delta _{n-1}>0\). Then the linear hybrid FBVP

$$ \textstyle\begin{cases} D^{\alpha }(x(t)-g(t))=f(t), \quad t\in (t_{0},T), \alpha >2, \\ m_{0}x(t_{0})+n_{0}D^{\rho _{0}}x(T)=I^{\delta _{0}}h_{0}(T),\quad \rho _{0} \in (0,1), m_{0},n_{0}\in \mathbb{R}, \\ m_{1}x(t_{0})+n_{1}D^{\rho _{1}}x(T)=I^{\delta _{1}}h_{1}(T),\quad \rho _{1} \in (0,1), m_{1},n_{1}\in \mathbb{R}, \\ x^{(k)}(t_{0})=I^{\delta _{k}}h_{k}(T),\quad k=2,3,\ldots , n-1,n\geq 3,\end{cases}$$

has an integral solution in the following form:

$$\begin{aligned} x(t) &=I^{\alpha }f(t)+g(t)-g(t_{0}) \\ &\quad {}+ \frac{\Gamma (2-\rho _{1}) ( m_{0}(t-t_{0})\Gamma (2-\rho _{0})-n_{0}{(T-t_{0})^{1-\rho _{0}}} ) }{n_{1}m_{0}\Gamma (2-\rho _{0})(T-t_{0})^{1-\rho _{1}}-n_{0}m_{1}\Gamma (2-\rho _{1})(T-t_{0})^{1-\rho _{0}}}I^{ \delta _{1}}h_{1}(T) \\ &\quad {}+ \frac{\Gamma (2-\rho _{0}) ( n_{1}(T-t_{0})^{1-\rho _{1}}-m_{1}(t-t_{0})\Gamma (2-\rho _{1}) ) }{n_{1}m_{0}\Gamma (2-\rho _{0})(T-t_{0})^{1-\rho _{1}}-n_{0}m_{1}\Gamma (2-\rho _{1})(T-t_{0})^{1-\rho _{0}}}I^{ \delta _{0}}h_{0}(T) \\ &\quad {}+ \frac{n_{0}\Gamma (2-\rho _{0}) ( m_{1}(t-t_{0})\Gamma (2-\rho _{1})-n_{1}(T-t_{0})^{1-\rho _{1}} ) }{n_{1}m_{0}\Gamma (2-\rho _{0})(T-t_{0})^{1-\rho _{1}}-n_{0}m_{1}\Gamma (2-\rho _{1})(T-t_{0})^{1-\rho _{0}}}I^{ \alpha -\rho _{0}}f(T) \\ &\quad {}+ \frac{n_{1}\Gamma (2-\rho _{1}) ( n_{0}{(T-t_{0})^{1-\rho _{0}}}-m_{0}(t-t_{0})\Gamma (2-\rho _{0}) ) }{n_{1}m_{0}\Gamma (2-\rho _{0})(T-t_{0})^{1-\rho _{1}}-n_{0}m_{1}\Gamma (2-\rho _{1})(T-t_{0})^{1-\rho _{0}}}I^{ \alpha -\rho _{1}}f(T) \\ &\quad {}+ \frac{n_{0}\Gamma (2-\rho _{0}) ( m_{1}(t-t_{0})\Gamma (2-\rho _{1})-n_{1}(T-t_{0})^{1-\rho _{1}} ) }{n_{1}m_{0}\Gamma (2-\rho _{0})(T-t_{0})^{1-\rho _{1}}-n_{0}m_{1}\Gamma (2-\rho _{1})(T-t_{0})^{1-\rho _{0}}}D^{ \rho _{0}}g(T) \\ &\quad {}+ \frac{n_{1}\Gamma (2-\rho _{1}) ( n_{0}{(T-t_{0})^{1-\rho _{0}}}-m_{0}(t-t_{0})\Gamma (2-\rho _{0}) ) }{n_{1}m_{0}\Gamma (2-\rho _{0})(T-t_{0})^{1-\rho _{1}}-n_{0}m_{1}\Gamma (2-\rho _{1})(T-t_{0})^{1-\rho _{0}}}D^{ \rho _{1}}g(T) \\ &\quad {}+\sum_{k=2}^{n-1}[ \frac{(t-t_{0})\Gamma (2-\rho _{0})\Gamma (2-\rho _{1}) ( {\frac{n_{0}m_{1}(T-t_{0})^{k-\rho _{0}}}{\Gamma (k-\rho _{0}+1)}-}\frac{m_{0}n_{1}{(T-t_{0})^{k-\rho _{1}}}}{\Gamma (k-\rho _{1}+1)} ) }{n_{1}m_{0}\Gamma (2-\rho _{0})(T-t_{0})^{1-\rho _{1}}-n_{0}m_{1}\Gamma (2-\rho _{1})(T-t_{0})^{1-\rho _{0}}}+ \frac{{(t-t_{0})^{k}}}{k!} \\ &\quad {}- \biggl[ \frac{n_{0}n_{1} ( \frac{\Gamma (2-\rho _{0})}{\Gamma (k-\rho _{0}+1)}-\frac{\Gamma (2-\rho _{1})}{\Gamma (k-\rho _{1}+1)} ) (T-t_{0})^{k-\rho _{0}-\rho _{1}+1}}{n_{1}m_{0}\Gamma (2-\rho _{0}) (T-t_{0})^{1-\rho _{1}}-n_{0}m_{1}\Gamma (2-\rho _{1})(T-t_{0})^{1-\rho _{0}}} \biggr] \\ &\quad {}\times \bigl[I^{\delta _{k}}h_{k}(T)-g^{(k)}(t_{0}) \bigr]. \end{aligned}$$


We sketch the proof. Equation (7) will become

$$\begin{aligned} I^{\delta _{1}}h_{1}(T) &= m_{1}g(t_{0})+m_{1}c_{0}+n_{1}I^{\alpha - \rho _{1}}f(T)+n_{1}D^{\rho _{1}}g(T) \\ &\quad {}+n_{1}\sum_{k=1}^{n-1}{ \frac{c_{k}\Gamma (k+1)}{\Gamma (k-\rho _{1}+1)}(T-t_{0})^{k-\rho _{1}}}. \end{aligned}$$

Solving equations (6) and (11) and taking into account (8), we deduce that

$$\begin{aligned} c_{1} &= \frac{\Gamma (2-\rho _{0})\Gamma (2-\rho _{1}) ( m_{0}I^{\delta _{1}}h_{1}(T)-m_{1}I^{\delta _{0}}h_{0}(T) ) }{n_{1}m_{0}\Gamma (2-\rho _{0})(T-t_{0})^{1-\rho _{1}}-n_{0}m_{1}\Gamma (2-\rho _{1})(T-t_{0})^{1-\rho _{0}}} \\ &\quad {}+ \frac{\Gamma (2-\rho _{0})\Gamma (2-\rho _{1}) ( n_{0}m_{1}I^{\alpha -\rho _{0}}f(T)-m_{0}n_{1}I^{\alpha -\rho _{1}}f(T) ) }{n_{1}m_{0}\Gamma (2-\rho _{0})(T-t_{0})^{1-\rho _{1}}-n_{0}m_{1}\Gamma (2-\rho _{1})(T-t_{0})^{1-\rho _{0}}} \\ &\quad {}+ \frac{\Gamma (2-\rho _{0})\Gamma (2-\rho _{1}) ( n_{0}m_{1}D^{\rho _{0}}g(T)-m_{0}n_{1}D^{\rho _{1}}g(T) ) }{n_{1}m_{0}\Gamma (2-\rho _{0})(T-t_{0})^{1-\rho _{1}}-n_{0}m_{1}\Gamma (2-\rho _{1})(T-t_{0})^{1-\rho _{0}}} \\ &\quad {}+ \frac{\Gamma (2-\rho _{0})\Gamma (2-\rho _{1})}{n_{1}m_{0}\Gamma (2-\rho _{0})(T-t_{0})^{1-\rho _{1}}-n_{0}m_{1}\Gamma (2-\rho _{1})(T-t_{0})^{1-\rho _{0}}} \\ &\quad {}\times \sum_{k=2}^{n-1} \biggl( { \frac{n_{0}m_{1}(T-t_{0})^{k-\rho _{0}}}{\Gamma (k-\rho _{0}+1)}-} \frac{m_{0}n_{1}{(T-t_{0})^{k-\rho _{1}}}}{\Gamma (k-\rho _{1}+1)} \biggr) \bigl[I^{\delta _{k}}h_{k}(T)-g^{(k)}(t_{0}) \bigr] \end{aligned}$$


$$\begin{aligned} c_{0} &=-g(t_{0})+ \frac{n_{1}\Gamma (2-\rho _{0})(T-t_{0})^{1-\rho _{1}}I^{\delta _{0}}h_{0}(T)-n_{0}\Gamma (2-\rho _{1}){(T-t_{0})^{1-\rho _{0}}}I^{\delta _{1}}h_{1}(T)}{n_{1}m_{0}\Gamma (2-\rho _{0})(T-t_{0})^{1-\rho _{1}}-n_{0}m_{1}\Gamma (2-\rho _{1})(T-t_{0})^{1-\rho _{0}}} \\ &\quad {}-n_{0}n_{1} \frac{\Gamma (2-\rho _{0})(T-t_{0})^{1-\rho _{1}}I^{\alpha -\rho _{0}}f(T)-\Gamma (2-\rho _{1}){(T-t_{0})^{1-\rho _{0}}}I^{\alpha -\rho _{1}}f(T)}{m_{0}n_{1}\Gamma (2-\rho _{0})(T-t_{0})^{1-\rho _{1}}-n_{0}m_{1}\Gamma (2-\rho _{1})(T-t_{0})^{1-\rho _{0}}} \\ &\quad {}-n_{0}n_{1} \frac{\Gamma (2-\rho _{0})(T-t_{0})^{1-\rho _{1}}D^{\rho _{0}}g(T)-\Gamma (2-\rho _{1}){(T-t_{0})^{1-\rho _{0}}}D^{\rho _{1}}g(T)}{m_{0}n_{1}\Gamma (2-\rho _{0})(T-t_{0})^{1-\rho _{1}}-n_{0}m_{1}\Gamma (2-\rho _{1})(T-t_{0})^{1-\rho _{0}}} \\ &\quad {}-n_{0}n_{1}\sum_{k=2}^{n-1}{ \frac{ ( \frac{\Gamma (2-\rho _{0})}{\Gamma (k-\rho _{0}+1)}-\frac{\Gamma (2-\rho _{1})}{\Gamma (k-\rho _{1}+1)} ) (T-t_{0})^{k-\rho _{0}-\rho _{1}+1}[I^{\delta _{k}}h_{k}(T)-g^{(k)}(t_{0})]}{n_{1}m_{0}\Gamma (2-\rho _{0})(T-t_{0})^{1-\rho _{1}}-n_{0}m_{1}\Gamma (2-\rho _{1})(T-t_{0})^{1-\rho _{0}}}.} \end{aligned}$$

Substituting the constants \(c_{k}\), \(k=0,1,2,\ldots,n-1\), into (5), we obtain solution (10), and this completes our proof. □

Now, by Theorem 2.4, we prove the existence of a unique solution to system (1). For this, define an operator \(\Psi :{C([t_{0},T],\mathbb{R} )}\rightarrow {\mathbb{R} }\) provided

$$\begin{aligned} \Psi x(t) &=I^{\alpha }f \bigl(t,x(t) \bigr)+g \bigl(t,x(t) \bigr)-g \bigl(t_{0},x(t_{0}) \bigr) \\ &\quad {}+\frac{(t-t_{0})\Gamma (2-\rho _{0})}{n_{0}(T-t_{0})^{1-\rho _{0}}} \biggl( I^{\delta _{0}}{h_{0} \bigl(T,x(T) \bigr)}-\frac{m_{0}}{m_{1}}I^{\delta _{1}}{h_{1} \bigl(T,x(T) \bigr)} \biggr) +\frac{1}{m_{1}}I^{\delta _{1}}h_{1}{ \bigl(T,x(T) \bigr)} \\ &\quad {}+\frac{(t-t_{0})\Gamma (2-\rho _{0})}{(T-t_{0})^{1-\rho _{0}}} \biggl( \frac{n_{1}m_{0}}{m_{1}n_{0}}I^{\alpha -\rho _{1}}f \bigl(T,x(T) \bigr)-I^{\alpha - \rho _{0}}f \bigl(T,x(T) \bigr) \biggr) \\ &\quad {}- \frac{n_{1}}{m_{1}}I^{\alpha -\rho _{1}}f \bigl(T,x(T) \bigr) \\ &\quad {}+\frac{(t-t_{0})\Gamma (2-\rho _{0})}{(T-t_{0})^{1-\rho _{0}}} \biggl( \frac{n_{1}m_{0}}{m_{1}n_{0}}D^{\rho _{1}}g \bigl(T,x(T) \bigr)-D^{\rho _{0}}g \bigl(T,x(T) \bigr) \biggr) \\ &\quad {}-\frac{n_{1}}{m_{1}}D^{\rho _{1}}g \bigl(T,x(T) \bigr) \\ &\quad {}+\sum_{k=2}^{n-1} \biggl[ { \frac{n_{1}(T-t_{0})^{k-\rho _{1}}}{m_{1}\Gamma (k-\rho _{1}+1)} \biggl[ {1-\frac{m_{0}}{n_{0}} \frac{(t-t_{0})\Gamma (2-\rho _{0})}{(T-t_{0})^{1-\rho _{0}}}} \biggr] -\frac{(t-t_{0})^{k}}{k!}} \\ &\quad {} + \frac{(T-t_{0})^{k-1}(t-t_{0})\Gamma (2-\rho _{0})}{\Gamma (k-\rho _{0}+1)} \biggr] \bigl[ {g^{(k)} \bigl(t_{0},x(t_{0}) \bigr)-I^{\delta _{k}}{h_{k}} \bigl(T,x(T) \bigr)} \bigr] ,\quad m_{1},n_{0}\neq 0. \end{aligned}$$

The required criterion for finding a unique solution of the nonlinear hybrid FBVP (1) is given in the next result.

Theorem 3.3



f, \(g^{(k)}\), \(h_{k}:[t_{0},T]\times {C([t_{0},T], \mathbb{R})} \rightarrow \mathbb{R} \), \(k=0,1,\ldots ,n-1\), are continuous functions such that

$$ \textstyle\begin{cases} \vert f(t,\mathrm{u}_{1})-f(s,\mathrm{v}_{1}) \vert \leq {C}_{f} \vert \mathrm{u}_{1}-\mathrm{v}_{1} \vert , \\ \vert g^{(k)}(t,\mathrm{u}_{1})-g^{(k)}(s,\mathrm{v}_{1}) \vert \leq {C}_{g^{(k)}} \vert \mathrm{u}_{1}-\mathrm{v}_{1} \vert , \\ \vert h_{k}(t,\mathrm{u}_{1})-h_{k}(s,\mathrm{v}_{1}) \vert \leq {C}_{h_{k}} \vert \mathrm{u}_{1}-\mathrm{v}_{1} \vert ,\end{cases}$$

where \(t,s\in {}[ t_{0},T]\), \(\mathrm{u}_{1},\mathrm{v}_{1}\in {C([t_{0},T], \mathbb{R})}\), \({C}_{f}\), \({C}_{g^{(k)}}\), \({C}_{h_{k}}\) are nonnegative constants.

Then the hybrid FBVP system (1) admits one and only one solution provided that \(\Delta <1 \), where

$$\begin{aligned} \Delta &=\frac{C_{f}(T-t_{0})^{\alpha }}{\Gamma (\alpha +1)}+2C_{g}+ \frac{(T-t_{0})^{\rho _{0}}\Gamma (2-\rho _{0})}{ \vert n_{0} \vert } \\ &\quad {}\times \biggl[ \frac{(T-t_{0})^{\delta _{0}}C_{h_{0}}}{\Gamma (\delta _{0}+1)}+ \frac{ \vert m_{0} \vert (T-t_{0})^{\delta _{1}}C_{h_{1}}}{ \vert m_{1} \vert \Gamma (\delta _{1}+1)} \biggr] \\ &\quad {} + \frac{(T-t_{0})^{\delta _{1}}C_{h_{1}}}{ \vert m_{1} \vert \Gamma (\delta _{1}+1)}+(T-t_{0})^{ \rho _{0}}\Gamma (2-\rho _{0})C_{f} \\ &\quad {}\times \biggl[ \frac{ \vert n_{1}m_{0} \vert (T-t_{0})^{\alpha -\rho _{1}}}{ \vert m_{1}n_{0} \vert \Gamma (\alpha -\rho _{1}+1)}+ \frac{(T-t_{0})^{\alpha -\rho _{0}}}{\Gamma (\alpha -\rho _{0}+1)} \biggr] + \frac{ \vert n_{1} \vert (T-t_{0})^{\alpha -\rho _{1}}C_{f}}{ \vert m_{1} \vert \Gamma (\alpha -\rho _{1}+1)} \\ &\quad {}+(T-t_{0})^{\rho _{1}}\Gamma (2-\rho _{0}) \biggl[ \frac{ \vert n_{1}m_{0} \vert C_{g^{(2)}}(T-t_{0})^{2-\rho _{1}}}{ \vert m_{1}n_{0} \vert \Gamma (3-\rho _{1})}+ \frac{(T-t_{0})^{1-\rho _{0}}C_{g^{(1)}}}{\Gamma (2-\rho _{0})} \biggr] \\ &\quad {} + \frac{ \vert n_{1} \vert C_{g^{(2)}}(T-t_{0})^{2-\rho _{1}}}{ \vert m_{1} \vert \Gamma (3-\rho _{1})} \\ &\quad {}+\sum_{k=2}^{n-1}\max _{t\in {}[ t_{0},T]} \biggl\vert { \frac{n_{1}(T-t_{0})^{k-\rho _{1}}}{m_{1}\Gamma (k-\rho _{1}+1)} \biggl[ {1- \frac{m_{0}}{n_{0}} \frac{(t-t_{0})\Gamma (2-\rho _{0})}{(T-t_{0})^{1-\rho _{0}}}} \biggr] } \\ &\quad {} -\frac{(t-t_{0})^{k}}{k!}+ \frac{(T-t_{0})^{k-1}(t-t_{0})\Gamma (2-\rho _{0})}{\Gamma (k-\rho _{0}+1)} \biggr\vert \biggl[ C_{g^{(k)}}+ \frac{(T-t_{0})^{\delta _{k}}C_{h_{k}}}{\Gamma (\delta _{k}+1)} \biggr] . \end{aligned}$$


Let Ω be any closed bounded subset of E. Then the continuity of Ψ is followed by that of constitutive functions and Lebesgue dominated convergence theorem. By enlarging the set Ω, one can deduce that Ψ maps Ω into itself. We need to show the contraction property of the operator Ψ. For this, let \(x,y\in \Omega \), then

$$\begin{aligned} & \bigl\vert \Psi y(t) -\Psi x(t) \bigr\vert \\ &\quad \leq \frac{1}{\Gamma (\alpha )} \int _{t_{0}}^{t}(t-s)^{\alpha -1} \bigl\vert f \bigl(s,y(s) \bigr)-f \bigl(s,x(s) \bigr) \bigr\vert \,ds \\ &\qquad {}+ \bigl\vert g \bigl(t,y(t) \bigr)-g \bigl(t,x(t) \bigr) \bigr\vert + \bigl\vert g \bigl(t_{0},y(t_{0}) \bigr)-g \bigl(t_{0},x(t_{0}) \bigr) \bigr\vert \\ &\qquad {} + \frac{(t-t_{0})\Gamma (2-\rho _{0})}{ \vert n_{0} \vert (T-t_{0})^{1-\rho _{0}}} \biggl[ \frac{1}{\Gamma (\delta _{0})}\int _{t_{0}}^{T}(T-s)^{\delta _{0}-1} \bigl\vert h_{0} \bigl(s,y(s) \bigr)-h_{0} \bigl(s,x(s) \bigr) \bigr\vert \,ds \\ &\qquad {} + \frac{ \vert m_{0} \vert }{ \vert m_{1} \vert \Gamma (\delta _{1})} \int _{t_{0}}^{T}(T-s)^{\delta _{1}-1} \bigl\vert h_{1} \bigl(s,y(s) \bigr)-h_{1} \bigl(s,x(s) \bigr) \bigr\vert \,ds \biggr] \\ &\qquad {} +\frac{1}{ \vert m_{1} \vert \Gamma (\delta _{1})}\int _{t_{0}}^{T}(T-s)^{\delta _{1}-1} \bigl\vert h_{1} \bigl(s,y(s) \bigr)-h_{1} \bigl(s,x(s) \bigr) \bigr\vert \,ds \\ &\qquad {} +\frac{(t-t_{0})\Gamma (2-\rho _{0})}{(T-t_{0})^{1-\rho _{0}}} \biggl[ \frac{ \vert n_{1}m_{0} \vert }{ \vert m_{1}n_{0} \vert \Gamma (\alpha -\rho _{1})} \int _{t_{0}}^{T}(T-s)^{\alpha -\rho _{1}-1} \bigl\vert f \bigl(s,y(s) \bigr)-f \bigl(s,x(s) \bigr) \bigr\vert \,ds \\ &\qquad {} +\frac{1}{\Gamma (\alpha -\rho _{0})} \int _{t_{0}}^{T}(T-s)^{ \alpha -\rho _{0}-1} \bigl\vert f \bigl(s,y(s) \bigr)-f \bigl(s,x(s) \bigr) \bigr\vert \,ds \biggr] \\ &\qquad {} + \frac{ \vert n_{1} \vert }{ \vert m_{1} \vert \Gamma (\alpha -\rho _{1})} \int _{t_{0}}^{T}(T-s)^{\alpha -\rho _{1}-1} \bigl\vert f \bigl(s,y(s) \bigr)-f \bigl(s,x(s) \bigr) \bigr\vert \,ds \\ &\qquad {} +\frac{(t-t_{0})\Gamma (2-\rho _{0})}{(T-t_{0})^{1-\rho _{0}}} \biggl[ \frac{ \vert n_{1}m_{0} \vert }{ \vert m_{1}n_{0} \vert \Gamma (2-\rho _{1})} \int _{t_{0}}^{T}(T-s)^{1-\rho _{1}} \bigl\vert g^{{\prime \prime }} \bigl(s,y(s) \bigr)-g^{{ \prime \prime }} \bigl(s,x(s) \bigr) \bigr\vert \,ds \\ &\qquad {} +\frac{1}{\Gamma (1-\rho _{0})} \int _{t_{0}}^{T}(T-s)^{- \rho _{0}} \bigl\vert g^{{\prime }} \bigl(s,y(s) \bigr)-g^{{\prime }} \bigl(s,x(s) \bigr) \bigr\vert \,ds \biggr] \\ &\qquad {} + \frac{ \vert n_{1} \vert }{ \vert m_{1} \vert \Gamma (2-\rho _{1})} \int _{t_{0}}^{T}(T-s)^{1-\rho _{1}} \bigl\vert g^{{\prime \prime }} \bigl(s,y(s) \bigr)-g^{{ \prime \prime }} \bigl(s,x(s) \bigr) \bigr\vert \,ds \\ &\qquad {} +\sum_{k=2}^{n-1} \biggl\vert { \frac{n_{1}(T-t_{0})^{k-\rho _{1}}}{m_{1}\Gamma (k-\rho _{1}+1)} \biggl[ {1-\frac{m_{0}}{n_{0}} \frac{(t-t_{0})\Gamma (2-\rho _{0})}{(T-t_{0})^{1-\rho _{0}}}} \biggr] - \frac{(t-t_{0})^{k}}{k!}} \\ &\qquad {} + \frac{(T-t_{0})^{k-1}(t-t_{0})\Gamma (2-\rho _{0})}{\Gamma (k-\rho _{0}+1)} \biggr\vert \biggl[ \bigl\vert {g^{(k)} \bigl(t_{0},x(t_{0}) \bigr)-g^{(k)} \bigl(t_{0},y(t_{0}) \bigr)} \bigr\vert \\ &\qquad {} +\frac{1}{\Gamma (\delta _{k})} \int _{t_{0}}^{T}(T-s)^{ \delta _{k}-1} \bigl\vert h_{k} \bigl(s,y(s) \bigr)-h_{k} \bigl(s,x(s) \bigr) \bigr\vert \,ds \biggr] \\ &\quad \leq \frac{C_{f}(T-t_{0})^{\alpha }}{\Gamma (\alpha +1)} \Vert y-x \Vert +2C_{g} \Vert y-x \Vert \\ &\qquad {} + \frac{(T-t_{0})^{\rho _{0}}\Gamma (2-\rho _{0})}{ \vert n_{0} \vert } \biggl[ \frac{(T-t_{0})^{\delta _{0}}C_{h_{0}}}{\Gamma (\delta _{0}+1)}+ \frac{ \vert m_{0} \vert (T-t_{0})^{\delta _{1}}C_{h_{1}}}{ \vert m_{1} \vert \Gamma (\delta _{1}+1)} \biggr] \Vert y-x \Vert \\ &\qquad {} + \frac{(T-t_{0})^{\delta _{1}}C_{h_{1}}}{ \vert m_{1} \vert \Gamma (\delta _{1}+1)} \Vert y-x \Vert \\ &\qquad {} +(T-t_{0})^{\rho _{0}}\Gamma (2-\rho _{0})C_{f} \biggl[ \frac{ \vert n_{1}m_{0} \vert (T-t_{0})^{\alpha -\rho _{1}}}{ \vert m_{1}n_{0} \vert \Gamma (\alpha -\rho _{1}+1)}+ \frac{(T-t_{0})^{\alpha -\rho _{0}}}{\Gamma (\alpha -\rho _{0}+1)} \biggr] \Vert y-x \Vert \\ &\qquad {} + \frac{ \vert n_{1} \vert (T-t_{0})^{\alpha -\rho _{1}}C_{f}}{ \vert m_{1} \vert \Gamma (\alpha -\rho _{1}+1)} \Vert y-x \Vert \\ &\qquad {} +(T-t_{0})^{\rho _{1}}\Gamma (2-\rho _{0}) \biggl[ \frac{ \vert n_{1}m_{0} \vert C_{g^{(2)}}(T-t_{0})^{2-\rho _{1}}}{ \vert m_{1}n_{0} \vert \Gamma (3-\rho _{1})}+ \frac{(T-t_{0})^{1-\rho _{0}}C_{g^{(1)}}}{\Gamma (2-\rho _{0})} \biggr] \Vert y-x \Vert \\ &\qquad {} + \frac{ \vert n_{1} \vert C_{g^{(2)}}(T-t_{0})^{2-\rho _{1}}}{ \vert m_{1} \vert \Gamma (3-\rho _{1})} \Vert y-x \Vert \\ &\qquad {} +\sum_{k=2}^{n-1} \biggl\vert { \frac{n_{1}(T-t_{0})^{k-\rho _{1}}}{m_{1}\Gamma (k-\rho _{1}+1)} \biggl[ {1-\frac{m_{0}}{n_{0}} \frac{(t-t_{0})\Gamma (2-\rho _{0})}{(T-t_{0})^{1-\rho _{0}}}} \biggr] - \frac{(t-t_{0})^{k}}{k!}} \\ &\qquad {} + \frac{(T-t_{0})^{k-1}(t-t_{0})\Gamma (2-\rho _{0})}{\Gamma (k-\rho _{0}+1)} \biggr\vert \biggl[ C_{g^{(k)}}+ \frac{(T-t_{0})^{\delta _{k}}C_{h_{k}}}{\Gamma (\delta _{k}+1)} \biggr] \Vert y-x \Vert =\Delta \Vert y-x \Vert , \end{aligned}$$

where Δ is introduced in (12). Thus, the operator Ψ satisfies the contraction property of Banach fixed point Theorem 2.4 with constant \(\Delta <1\). Hence Ψ admits a fixed point in Ω, which is the same unique solution of hybrid FBVP (1). □

Results regarding two positive solutions

We establish sufficient conditions of the existence of two positive solutions of system (1) with the help of the existing hypotheses on cones presented in Theorem 2.5 due to Avery–Anderson–Henderson.

Define the cone \(P= \{ {x\in C([t_{0},T], \mathbb{R} ):x(t)\geq 0} \} \). We want to obtain firstly sufficient conditions to make \(\Psi x\in P\), whenever \(x\in P\).

The next assumptions are essential for the coming results.


Assume that

$$ \textstyle\begin{cases} m_{0},n_{1}\leq 0,\quad m_{1},n_{0}>0, \\ \frac{\Gamma (3-\rho _{1})}{\Gamma (3-\rho _{0})}< \frac{m_{0}n_{1}}{n_{0}m_{1}}(T-t_{0})^{\rho _{0}-\rho _{1}}, \\ f(t,x(t))\geq 0, \\ g(t,x(t))\geq g(t_{0},x(t_{0}))\geq 0,\quad t\in {}[ t_{0},T], \\ \frac{n_{1}m_{0}}{m_{1}n_{0}}I^{\alpha -\rho _{1}}f(T,x(T))\geq I^{ \alpha -\rho _{0}}f(T,x(T)), \\ Kg(\kappa ,x(\kappa ))\geq \frac{n_{1}m_{0}}{m_{1}n_{0}}D^{\rho _{1}}g(T,x(T)) \geq D^{\rho _{0}}g(T,x(T))\geq 0,\quad K>0,\kappa \in {}[ t_{0},T], \\ 0\leq {g^{(k)}(t_{0},x(t_{0}))\leq I^{\delta _{k}}{h_{k}}(T,x(T))},\quad k=2,3,\ldots ,n-1.\end{cases}$$

f, \(g^{(k)}\), \(h_{k}:[t_{0},T]\times P\rightarrow \mathbb{R} \), \(k=0,1,\ldots ,n-1\), are all bounded and continuous functions. Moreover, for \(r>0\), there exist a positive real number \({L}_{r}\) and a continuous nonnegative function \(\mathfrak{g}\) so that \(\forall (t,x),(s,y)\in {}[ t_{0},T]\times {}[ 0,r]\),

$$ \bigl\vert g(t,x)-g(s,y) \bigr\vert \leq {L}_{r} \bigl\vert \mathfrak{g}(x)-\mathfrak{g}(y) \bigr\vert . $$

Lemma 4.1

If [H2] holds and \(x\in P\), then \(\Psi x\in P\).


For any \(t\in {}[ t_{0},T]\), let

$$ \xi _{k}(t)=C_{1} \bigl(1-C_{2}(t-t_{0}) \bigr)-\frac{(t-t_{0})^{k}}{k!}+C_{3}(t-t_{0}), $$


$$ C_{1}= \frac{n_{1}(T-t_{0})^{k-\rho _{1}}}{m_{1}\Gamma (k-\rho _{1}+1)},\qquad C_{2}={ \frac{m_{0}}{n_{0}} \frac{\Gamma (2-\rho _{0})}{(T-t_{0})^{1-\rho _{0}}}} $$


$$ C_{3}= \frac{(T-t_{0})^{k-1}\Gamma (2-\rho _{0})}{\Gamma (k-\rho _{0}+1)}. $$

We first need to show that \(\xi _{k}(t)\leq 0\), that is,

$$ C_{1}+(C_{3}-C_{1}C_{2}) (t-t_{0})\leq \frac{(t-t_{0})^{k}}{k!},\quad t\in {}[ t_{0},T]. $$

Therefore, it suffices to show that \(C_{1}+(C_{3}-C_{1}C_{2})(t-t_{0})\leq 0 \). Notice that \(\xi _{k}(t_{0})=C_{1}<0\), then we need to show that \(C_{3}\leq C_{1}C_{2}\), that is,

$$ \frac{\Gamma (k-\rho _{1}+1)}{\Gamma (k-\rho _{0}+1)}< \frac{m_{0}n_{1}}{n_{0}m_{1}}(T-t_{0})^{\rho _{0}-\rho _{1}},\quad k=2,3,\ldots ,n-1. $$

By induction on k, it is obvious, by assumption, that it is true for \(k=2\). We assume it is true for the case k and show it for the case \(k+1\). We have

$$\begin{aligned} \frac{\Gamma (k-\rho _{1}+2)}{\Gamma (k-\rho _{0}+2)} =&\frac{(k-\rho _{1}+1) \Gamma (k-\rho _{1}+1)}{(k-\rho _{0}+1)\Gamma (k-\rho _{0}+1)} \\ < &\frac{m_{0}n_{1}(k-\rho _{1}+1)}{n_{0}m_{1}(k-\rho _{0}+1)}(T-t_{0})^{\rho _{0}-\rho _{1}}< \frac{m_{0}n_{1}}{n_{0}m_{1}}(T-t_{0})^{ \rho _{0}-\rho _{1}}. \end{aligned}$$

We deduce now

$$ \sum_{k=2}^{n-1} \xi _{k}(t) \bigl[ {g^{(k)} \bigl(t_{0},x(t_{0}) \bigr)-I^{ \delta _{k}}{h_{k}} \bigl(T,x(T) \bigr)} \bigr] \geq 0. $$

The remainder of the proof is obvious by the given assumptions. Hence, the result follows. □

Lemma 4.2

If [H2] and [H3] are fulfilled, then \(\Psi :P\rightarrow P\) admits the complete continuity property.


Define a bounded subset \(B_{r}=\{x\in P:x(t)\leq r\}\) of P, and let

$$ \textstyle\begin{cases} \max_{t\in {}[ t_{0},T],x\in {}[ 0,r]}f(t,x)\leq L_{f}, \\ \max_{t\in {}[ t_{0},T],x\in {}[ 0,r]}g^{(k)}(t,x)\leq L_{g^{(k)}}, \\ \max_{t\in {}[ t_{0},T],x\in {}[ 0,r]}h_{k}(t,x)\leq L_{h_{k}},\end{cases}$$

for positive constants \(L_{f}\), \(L_{g^{(k)}}\), and \(L_{h_{k}}\), \(k=0,1,2,\ldots ,n-1\). The proof consists of three steps.

(Step 1) Ψ is a continuous operator.

Assuming \(x\in P\), then by Lemma 4.1, \(\Psi x\in P\) which implies that \(\Psi :P\rightarrow P\). Let \(\{x_{m}\}\) be a sequence in the cone P such that \(\lim_{m\rightarrow \infty }x_{m}=x\) in P. The continuity of f, \(g^{(k)}\), and \(h_{k}\) implies that \(\lim_{m\rightarrow \infty }f(t,x_{m}(t))=f(t,x(t))\), \(\lim {}_{m\rightarrow \infty }g^{(k)}(t,x_{m}(t))=g^{(k)}(t,x(t))\), and \(\lim_{m\rightarrow \infty }h_{k}(t,x_{m}(t))=h_{k}(t,x(t))\). In this case, by the dominated convergence theorem,

$$\begin{aligned} &\lim_{m\rightarrow \infty }\Psi x_{m}(t) \\ &\quad = I^{\alpha } \Bigl( \lim_{m \rightarrow \infty }f \bigl(t,x_{m}(t) \bigr) \Bigr) +\lim_{m\rightarrow \infty } \bigl( g \bigl(t,x_{m}(t) \bigr)-g \bigl(t_{0},x_{m}(t_{0}) \bigr) \bigr) \\ &\qquad {}+\frac{(t-t_{0})\Gamma (2-\rho _{0})}{n_{0}(T-t_{0})^{1-\rho _{0}}} \biggl( I^{\delta _{0}} \Bigl( {\lim _{m\rightarrow \infty }h_{0} \bigl(s,x_{m}(s) \bigr)} \Bigr) -\frac{m_{0}}{m_{1}}I^{\delta _{1}} \Bigl( {\lim _{m\rightarrow \infty }h_{1} \bigl(s,x_{m}(s) \bigr)} \Bigr) \biggr) \\ &\qquad {}+\frac{1}{m_{1}}I^{\delta _{1}} \Bigl( {\lim_{m\rightarrow \infty }h_{1} \bigl(s,x_{m}(s) \bigr)} \Bigr) \\ &\qquad {}+\frac{(t-t_{0})\Gamma (2-\rho _{0})}{(T-t_{0})^{1-\rho _{0}}} \biggl( \frac{n_{1}m_{0}}{m_{1}n_{0}}I^{\alpha -\rho _{1}} \Bigl( \lim_{m \rightarrow \infty }f \bigl(T,x_{m}(T) \bigr) \Bigr) -I^{\alpha -\rho _{0}} \Bigl( \lim_{m\rightarrow \infty }f \bigl(T,x_{m}(T) \bigr) \Bigr) \biggr) \\ &\qquad {}-\frac{n_{1}}{m_{1}}I^{\alpha -\rho _{1}} \Bigl( \lim_{m \rightarrow \infty }f \bigl(T,x_{m}(T) \bigr) \Bigr) \\ &\qquad {}+\frac{(t-t_{0})\Gamma (2-\rho _{0})}{(T-t_{0})^{1-\rho _{0}}} \biggl( \frac{n_{1}m_{0}}{m_{1}n_{0}}\lim_{m\rightarrow \infty }D^{\rho _{1}}g \bigl(T,x_{m}(T) \bigr)- \lim_{m\rightarrow \infty }D^{\rho _{0}}g \bigl(T,x_{m}(T) \bigr) \biggr) \\ &\qquad {}-\frac{n_{1}}{m_{1}}\lim_{m\rightarrow \infty }D^{\rho _{1}}g \bigl(T,x_{m}(T) \bigr) \\ &\qquad {}+\sum_{k=2}^{n-1} \biggl[ { \frac{n_{1}(T-t_{0})^{k-\rho _{1}}}{m_{1}\Gamma (k-\rho _{1}+1)} \biggl[ {1-\frac{m_{0}}{n_{0}} \frac{(t-t_{0})\Gamma (2-\rho _{0})}{(T-t_{0})^{1-\rho _{0}}}} \biggr] -\frac{(t-t_{0})^{k}}{k!}} \\ &\qquad {} + \frac{(T-t_{0})^{k-1}(t-t_{0})\Gamma (2-\rho _{0})}{\Gamma (k-\rho _{0}+1)} \biggr] \Bigl[ \lim_{m\rightarrow \infty }g^{(k)} \bigl(t_{0},x_{m}(t_{0}) \bigr)-{I^{ \delta _{k}}} \Bigl( {\lim_{m\rightarrow \infty }h_{k}} \bigl(s,x_{m}(s) \bigr) \Bigr) \Bigr] \\ &\quad =\Psi x(t),\quad t\in {}[ t_{0},T]. \end{aligned}$$

Thus, Ψ is a continuous operator.

(Step 2) The operator Ψ is uniformly bounded. \(\forall t\in {}[ t_{0},T]\), we get

$$\begin{aligned} 0 \leq& \Psi x(t) \\ \leq& \frac{(T-t_{0})^{\alpha }L_{f}}{\Gamma (\alpha +1)}+L_{g} \\ &{}+\frac{(T-t_{0})\Gamma (2-\rho _{0})}{n_{0}(T-t_{0})^{1-\rho _{0}}} \biggl( \frac{L_{h_{0}}(T-t_{0})^{\delta _{0}}}{\Gamma (\delta _{0}+1)}+ \frac{L_{h_{1}}(-m_{0})(T-t_{0})^{\delta _{1}}}{m_{1}\Gamma (\delta _{1}+1)} \biggr) \\ &{}+ \frac{L_{h_{1}}(T-t_{0})^{\delta _{1}}}{m_{1}\Gamma (\delta _{1}+1)}+\frac{L_{f}(T-t_{0})\Gamma (2-\rho _{0})}{(T-t_{0})^{1-\rho _{0}}} \frac{(-n_{1})(-m_{0})(T-t_{0})^{\alpha -\rho _{1}}}{m_{1}n_{0}\Gamma (\alpha -\rho _{1}+1)} \\ &{}+ \frac{L_{f}(-n_{1})(T-t_{0})^{\alpha -\rho _{1}}}{m_{1}\Gamma (\alpha -\rho _{1}+1)}+ \frac{(t-t_{0})\Gamma (2-\rho _{0})}{(T-t_{0})^{1-\rho _{0}}}\frac{(-n_{1})(-m_{0})L_{g^{(2)}}(T-t_{0})^{2-\rho _{1}}}{m_{1}n_{0}\Gamma (3-\rho _{1})} \\ &{}+ \frac{(-n_{1})L_{g^{(2)}}(T-t_{0})^{2-\rho _{1}}}{m_{1}\Gamma (3-\rho _{1})} \\ &{}+\sum_{k=2}^{n-1} \biggl[ \frac{(T-t_{0})^{k}}{k!}- \frac{n_{1}(T-t_{0})^{k-\rho _{1}}}{m_{1}\Gamma (k-\rho _{1}+1)} \biggl[ {1- \frac{m_{0}}{n_{0}} \frac{(t-t_{0})\Gamma (2-\rho _{0})}{(T-t_{0})^{1-\rho _{0}}}} \biggr] \\ &{} - \frac{(T-t_{0})^{k-1}(t-t_{0})\Gamma (2-\rho _{0})}{\Gamma (k-\rho _{0}+1)} \biggr] \frac{{L_{h_{k}}(T-t_{0})^{\delta _{k}}}}{\Gamma (\delta _{k}+1)}. \end{aligned}$$

Hence, Ψ maps a bounded set \(B_{r}\) into a uniformly bounded subset of P.

(Step 3) \(\Psi B_{r}\) is an equicontinuous set in P. Let \(x\in B_{r}\) and \(t_{2},t_{1}\in {}[ t_{0},T]\) such that \(t_{1}< t_{2}\), then

$$\begin{aligned} & \bigl\vert \Psi x(t_{2})-\Psi x(t_{1}) \bigr\vert \\ &\quad \leq \frac{L_{f}}{\Gamma (\alpha )} \int _{t_{0}}^{t_{1}}{ \bigl[(t_{2}-s)^{\alpha -1}-(t_{1}-s)^{\alpha -1} \bigr]\,ds} \\ &\qquad {}+\frac{L_{f}}{\Gamma (\alpha )} \int _{t_{1}}^{t_{2}}{(t_{2}-s)^{\alpha -1} \,ds}+ \bigl\vert g \bigl(t_{2},x(t_{2}) \bigr)-g \bigl(t_{1},x(t_{1}) \bigr) \bigr\vert \\ &\qquad {}+ \frac{(t_{2}-t_{1})\Gamma (2-\rho _{0})}{n_{0}(T-t_{0})^{1-\rho _{0}}} \biggl\vert I^{\delta _{0}}{h_{0} \bigl(T,x(T) \bigr)}-\frac{m_{0}}{m_{1}}I^{ \delta _{1}}{h_{1} \bigl(T,x(T) \bigr)} \biggr\vert \\ &\qquad {}+\frac{(t_{2}-t_{1})\Gamma (2-\rho _{0})}{(T-t_{0})^{1-\rho _{0}}} \biggl\vert \frac{n_{1}m_{0}}{m_{1}n_{0}}I^{\alpha -\rho _{1}}f \bigl(T,x(T) \bigr)-I^{ \alpha -\rho _{0}}f \bigl(T,x(T) \bigr) \biggr\vert \\ &\qquad {}+\frac{(t_{2}-t_{1})\Gamma (2-\rho _{0})}{(T-t_{0})^{1-\rho _{0}}} \biggl\vert \frac{n_{1}m_{0}}{m_{1}n_{0}}D^{\rho _{1}}g \bigl(T,x(T) \bigr)-D^{ \rho _{0}}g \bigl(T,x(T) \bigr) \biggr\vert \\ &\qquad {}+\sum_{k=2}^{n-1} \biggl[ \frac{(t_{2}-t_{0})^{k}-(t_{1}-t_{0})^{k}}{k!}+{\frac{m_{0}n_{1}\Gamma (2-\rho _{0})(T-t_{0})^{k+\rho _{0}-\rho _{1}-1}(t_{2}-t_{1})}{n_{0}m_{1}\Gamma (k-\rho _{1}+1)}} \\ &\qquad {} - \frac{(T-t_{0})^{k-1}(t-t_{0})\Gamma (2-\rho _{0})(t_{2}-t_{1})}{\Gamma (k-\rho _{0}+1)} \biggr] \bigl\vert {I^{\delta _{k}}{h_{k}} \bigl(T,x(T) \bigr)-}g^{(k)} \bigl(t_{0},x(t_{0}) \bigr) \bigr\vert \\ &\quad \leq L_{f} \frac{(t_{2}-t_{0})^{\alpha }-(t_{1}-t_{0})^{\alpha }+2(t_{2}-t_{1})^{\alpha }}{\Gamma (\alpha +1)}+{L}_{r} \bigl\vert \mathfrak{g}(t_{2})-\mathfrak{g}(t_{1}) \bigr\vert \\ &\qquad {}+ \frac{(t_{2}-t_{1})\Gamma (2-\rho _{0})}{n_{0}(T-t_{0})^{1-\rho _{0}}} \biggl( \frac{L_{h_{0}}(T-t_{0})^{\delta _{0}}}{\Gamma (\delta _{0}+1)}+ \frac{L_{h_{1}} \vert m_{0} \vert (T-t_{0})^{\delta _{1}}}{m_{1}\Gamma (\delta _{1}+1)} \biggr) \\ &\qquad {}+ \frac{L_{f}(t_{2}-t_{1})\Gamma (2-\rho _{0})}{(T-t_{0})^{1-\rho _{0}}} \biggl( \frac{n_{1}m_{0}(T-t_{0})^{\alpha -\rho _{1}}}{m_{1}n_{0}\Gamma (\alpha -\rho _{1}+1)}+ \frac{(T-t_{0})^{\alpha -\rho _{0}}}{\Gamma (\alpha -\rho _{0}+1)} \biggr) \\ &\qquad {}+\frac{(t_{2}-t_{1})\Gamma (2-\rho _{0})}{(T-t_{0})^{1-\rho _{0}}} \biggl( \frac{n_{1}m_{0}L_{g^{(2)}}(T-t_{0})^{2-\rho _{1}}}{m_{1}n_{0}\Gamma (3-\rho _{1})}+ \frac{L_{g^{(1)}}(T-t_{0})^{1-\rho _{0}}}{\Gamma (2-\rho _{0})} \biggr) \\ &\qquad {}+\sum_{k=2}^{n-1} \biggl[ \frac{(t_{2}-t_{0})^{k}-(t_{1}-t_{0})^{k}}{k!}+{\frac{m_{0}n_{1}\Gamma (2-\rho _{0})(T-t_{0})^{k+\rho _{0}-\rho _{1}-1}(t_{2}-t_{1})}{n_{0}m_{1}\Gamma (k-\rho _{1}+1)}} \\ &\qquad {} - \frac{(T-t_{0})^{k-1}(t-t_{0})\Gamma (2-\rho _{0})(t_{2}-t_{1})}{\Gamma (k-\rho _{0}+1)} \biggr] \biggl\vert { \frac{L_{h_{k}}(T-t_{0})^{\delta _{k}}}{\Gamma (\delta _{k}+1)}+}L_{g^{(k)}} \biggr\vert . \end{aligned}$$

If \(t_{2}-t_{1}\rightarrow 0\), then \(|\Psi x(t_{2})-\Psi x(t_{1})|\rightarrow 0\) independently of the values of x. Hence, \(\Psi B_{r} \) is equicontinuous. By the means of the Arzela–Ascoli theorem, we follow that \(\Psi :P\rightarrow P\) is completely continuous. □

We now show the existence of at least two solutions for the hybrid FBVP (1).

For simplifications, we use the following notations in the coming results:

$$\begin{aligned}& \bigl\vert \xi _{k}(t) \bigr\vert \leq M_{\xi _{k}}, \\& \begin{aligned} R_{1} &=m_{f}(T-t_{0})^{\alpha } \biggl( \frac{1}{\Gamma (\alpha +1)}+ \frac{ \vert n_{1} \vert }{m_{1}(T-t_{0})^{\rho _{1}}\Gamma (\alpha -\rho _{1}+1)} \biggr) \\ &\quad {}+\frac{m_{h_{0}}(T-t_{0})^{\delta _{0}+\rho _{0}}}{n_{0}} \frac{\Gamma (2-\rho _{0})}{\Gamma (\delta _{0}+1)} + \frac{m_{h_{1}}(T-t_{0})^{\delta _{1}}}{m_{1}\Gamma (\delta _{1}+1)} \biggl( 1+\frac{ \vert m_{0} \vert }{n_{0}}(T-t_{0})^{ \rho _{0}}\Gamma (2- \rho _{0}) \biggr) , \end{aligned} \\& \begin{aligned} R_{2} &=M_{f}(T-t_{0})^{\alpha } \biggl( \frac{1}{\Gamma (\alpha +1)}+ \frac{ \vert n_{1} \vert ( 1+\frac{m_{0}(T-t_{0})^{\rho _{0}}\Gamma (2-\rho _{0})}{n_{0}} ) }{m_{1}(T-t_{0})^{\rho _{1}}\Gamma (\alpha -\rho _{1}+1)}+ \frac{\Gamma (2-\rho _{0})}{\Gamma (\alpha -\rho _{0}+1)} \biggr) \\ &\quad {}+M_{g} \biggl( 2+K \biggl( \frac{n_{0}}{ \vert m_{0} \vert }+ \frac{n_{1}m_{0}}{m_{1}n_{0}}(T-t_{0})^{\rho _{0}}\Gamma (2-\rho _{0}) \biggr) \biggr) \\ &\quad {}+ \frac{M_{h_{0}}(T-t_{0})^{\delta _{0}+\rho _{0}}\Gamma (2-\rho _{0})}{n_{0}\Gamma (\delta _{0}+1)} + \frac{M_{h_{1}}(T-t_{0})^{\delta _{1}}}{m_{1}\Gamma (\delta _{1}+1)} \biggl( 1+ \frac{ \vert m_{0} \vert (T-t_{0})^{\rho _{0}}\Gamma (2-\rho _{0})}{n_{0}} \biggr) \\ &\quad {}+2\sum_{k=2}^{n-1}{M_{\xi _{k}}}M_{h_{k}} \biggl( {1+ \frac{(T-t_{0})^{\delta _{k}}}{\Gamma (\delta _{k}+1)}} \biggr) \end{aligned} \end{aligned}$$


$$\begin{aligned} R_{3} &=\frac{n_{f}(\tau -t_{0})^{\alpha }}{\Gamma (\alpha +1)}+ \frac{n_{h_{1}}(T-t_{0})^{\delta _{1}}}{m_{1}\Gamma (\delta _{1}+1)} \\ &\quad {}+ \frac{(\tau -t_{0})\Gamma (2-\rho _{0})}{n_{0}(T-t_{0})^{1-\rho _{0}}} \biggl( \frac{n_{h_{0}}(T-t_{0})^{\delta _{0}}}{\Gamma (\delta _{0}+1)}+ \frac{ \vert m_{0} \vert n_{h_{1}}(T-t_{0})^{\delta _{1}}}{m_{1}\Gamma (\delta _{1}+1)} \biggr) \\ &\quad {}+ \frac{ \vert n_{1} \vert (T-t_{0})^{\alpha -\rho _{1}}n_{f}}{m_{1}\Gamma (\alpha -\rho _{1}+1)},\quad \tau \in {}[ t_{0},T], \end{aligned}$$

where the involved constants exist and are positive.

Theorem 4.3

Let [H2] and [H3] hold. If there exist \(0< r_{1}< r_{2}< r_{3}\) satisfying

  1. (i)

    \(f(t,x)>n_{f}\frac{r_{3}}{R_{3}}\), \(h_{i}(t,x)>n_{h_{i}}\frac{r_{3}}{R_{3}}\), \(i=0\), \(1,t\in {}[ \tau ,T]\), \(x\geq r_{3}\),

  2. (ii)

    \(f(t,x)\leq M_{f}\frac{r_{2}}{R_{2}}\), \(h_{i}(t,x)\leq M_{h_{k}}\frac{r_{2}}{R_{2}}\), \(i=0,1\), \((t,x)\in {}[ t_{0},T]\times {}[ 0,r_{2}]\), and

  3. (iii)

    \(f(t,x)>m_{f}\frac{r_{1}}{R_{1}}\), \(h_{i}(t,x)>m_{h_{i}}\frac{r_{1}}{R_{1}}\), \(i=0\), \(1,(t,x)\in {}[ t_{0},T]\times {}[ 0,r_{1}]\),

then hybrid system (1) possesses at least two positive solutions \(x_{1}\) and \(x_{2}\) provided that \(r_{1}<\Vert x_{1}\Vert \) with \(\Vert x_{1}\Vert < r_{2}\) along with \(r_{2}<\Vert x_{2}\Vert \) with \(\min_{t\in {}[ \tau ,T]}x(t)< r_{3}\).


Let \(\tau \in {}[ t_{0},T)\) and define the functionals ϕ, ω, and μ on the cone P such that

$$ \phi (x)=\min_{t\in {}[ \tau ,T]}x(t),\qquad \omega (x)=\mu (x)= \Vert x \Vert . $$

It is obvious that \(\omega (0)=0\), \(\omega (lx)= \vert l \vert \omega (x)\), and \(\phi (x)\leq \omega (x)\leq \mu (x)\). Using Lemmas 4.1and 4.2, we have \(\Psi :\overline{P(\phi ,r_{3})}\rightarrow P\) is completely continuous. We start with the first condition of Theorem 2.5, namely \(\phi (\Psi x)>r_{3}\) for all \(x\in \partial P(\phi ,r_{3})\). Let \(\min_{t\in {}[ \tau ,T]}x(t)=r_{3}\), we get

$$\begin{aligned} \min_{t\in {}[ \tau ,T]}\Psi x(t) &>\frac{n_{f}r_{3}}{R_{3}} \frac{(\tau -t_{0})^{\alpha }}{\Gamma (\alpha +1)}+ \frac{n_{h_{1}}r_{3}(T-t_{0})^{\delta _{1}}}{m_{1}R_{3}\Gamma (\delta _{1}+1)} \\ &\quad {}+ \frac{(\tau -t_{0})\Gamma (2-\rho _{0})}{n_{0}(T-t_{0})^{1-\rho _{0}}} \biggl( \frac{n_{h_{0}}r_{3}(T-t_{0})^{\delta _{0}}}{R_{3}\Gamma (\delta _{0}+1)}+ \frac{ \vert m_{0} \vert n_{h_{1}}r_{3}(T-t_{0})^{\delta _{1}}}{m_{1}R_{3}\Gamma (\delta _{1}+1)} \biggr) \\ &\quad {}+ \frac{ \vert n_{1} \vert (T-t_{0})^{\alpha -\rho _{1}}n_{f}r_{3}}{m_{1}\Gamma (\alpha -\rho _{1}+1)R_{3}} \\ &=r_{3}. \end{aligned}$$

Next, we check the second condition. Let \(x\in \partial P(\omega ,r_{2})\), then

$$\begin{aligned} \Psi x(t) &\leq \frac{(T-t_{0})^{\alpha }M_{f}r_{2}}{\Gamma (\alpha +1)R_{2}}+ \frac{2M_{g}r_{2}}{R_{2}}+ \frac{M_{h_{1}}r_{2}(T-t_{0})^{\delta _{1}}}{m_{1}R_{2}\Gamma (\delta _{1}+1)} \\ &\quad {}+\frac{(T-t_{0})^{\rho _{0}}\Gamma (2-\rho _{0})r_{2}}{n_{0}R_{2}} \biggl( \frac{M_{h_{0}}(T-t_{0})^{\delta _{0}}}{\Gamma (\delta _{0}+1)}+ \frac{ \vert m_{0} \vert M_{h_{1}}(T-t_{0})^{\delta _{1}}}{m_{1}\Gamma (\delta _{1}+1)} \biggr) \\ &\quad {}+\frac{M_{f}(T-t_{0})^{\rho _{0}}\Gamma (2-\rho _{0})r_{2}}{R_{2}} \biggl( \frac{n_{1}m_{0}(T-t_{0})^{\alpha -\rho _{1}}}{m_{1}n_{0}\Gamma (\alpha -\rho _{1}+1)}+ \frac{(T-t_{0})^{\alpha -\rho _{0}}}{\Gamma (\alpha -\rho _{0}+1)} \biggr) \\ &\quad {}+ \frac{M_{f} \vert n_{1} \vert (T-t_{0})^{\alpha -\rho _{1}}r_{2}}{m_{1}\Gamma (\alpha -\rho _{1}+1)R_{2}}+ \frac{r_{2}n_{0}KM_{g}}{ \vert m_{0} \vert R_{2}} \\ &\quad {}+\frac{(T-t_{0})^{\rho _{0}}\Gamma (2-\rho _{0})}{R_{2}} \frac{n_{1}m_{0}KM_{g}r_{2}}{m_{1}n_{0}} \\ &\quad {}+\frac{2r_{2}}{R_{2}}\sum_{k=2}^{n-1}{M_{\xi _{k}}}M_{h_{k}} \biggl( {1+\frac{(T-t_{0})^{\delta _{k}}}{\Gamma (\delta _{k}+1)}} \biggr) . \end{aligned}$$

This shows that \(\omega (\Psi x)=\Vert \Psi x\Vert < r_{2}\). Since \(0\in P\) and \(r_{1}>0\), hence \(P(\mu ,r_{1})\neq \emptyset \). By assuming \(x\in \partial P(\mu ,r_{1})\), we have \(0\leq x(t)\leq r_{1}\), \(\forall t\in {}[ t_{0},T]\). By assumption (iii), we have

$$\begin{aligned} \mu (\Psi x) &=\max_{t\in {}[ t_{0},T]}\Psi x(t) \\ &> \frac{m_{f}r_{1}}{R_{1}} \frac{(T-t_{0})^{\alpha }}{\Gamma (\alpha +1)}+ \frac{m_{h_{1}}r_{1}(T-t_{0})^{\delta _{1}}}{m_{1}R_{1}\Gamma (\delta _{1}+1)} \\ &\quad {}+\frac{(T-t_{0})^{\rho _{0}}\Gamma (2-\rho _{0})}{n_{0}} \biggl( \frac{m_{h_{0}}r_{1}(T-t_{0})^{\delta _{0}}}{R_{1}\Gamma (\delta _{0}+1)}+ \frac{ \vert m_{0} \vert m_{h_{1}}r_{1}(T-t_{0})^{\delta _{1}}}{m_{1}R_{1}\Gamma (\delta _{1}+1)} \biggr) \\ &\quad{} + \frac{ \vert n_{1} \vert (T-t_{0})^{\alpha -\rho _{1}}m_{f}r_{1}}{m_{1}\Gamma (\alpha -\rho _{1}+1)R_{1}}. \end{aligned}$$

Hence, \(\mu (\Psi x)>r_{1}\). All the conditions of Theorem 2.5 are established, and the desired result follows. □

Hyers–Ulam stability

The notion of the stability of functional differential equations was first introduced by Ulam [50], and then it was extended by Hyers [51]. Later on, this type of stability and its generalization were called of Hyers–Ulam (HU) and Hyers–Ulam–Rassias (HUR) type, respectively. Investigation of the UH and GUH stability has been given a special attention in studying all fractional differential equations. Here, we discuss the Hyers–Ulam (HU) and Hyers–Ulam-Rassias (HUR) stability results about the hybrid FBVP (1) on the interval \([t_{0},T]\).

Definition 5.1

System (1) is Hyers–Ulam stable whenever for every \(\epsilon >0\) and \(y\in {C([t_{0},T],\mathbb{R})}\) satisfying

$$ \bigl\vert D^{\alpha } \bigl[y(t)-g \bigl(t,y(t) \bigr) \bigr]-f \bigl(t,y(t) \bigr) \bigr\vert \leq \epsilon ,\quad t\in {}[ t_{0},T], \alpha \in (n-1,n), $$

there exists \(x(t)\) as a solution of (1) such that

$$ \bigl\vert x(t)-y(t) \bigr\vert \leq {C}\epsilon , \quad t\in {}[ t_{0},T], $$

where C is independent of both y and x.

Definition 5.2

System (1) is Hyers–Ulam–Rassias stable if \(\forall y\in {C([t_{0},T],\mathbb{R} )}\) satisfying

$$ \bigl\vert D^{\alpha } \bigl[y(t)-g \bigl(t,y(t) \bigr) \bigr]-f \bigl(t,y(t) \bigr) \bigr\vert \leq \varphi (t),\quad t\in {}[ t_{0},T], $$

where \(\varphi :[t_{0},T]\rightarrow \mathbb{R}\) is continuous, there is \(x(t)\) as a solution of (1), provided

$$ \bigl\vert x(t)-y(t) \bigr\vert \leq {C}\varphi (t),\quad t\in {}[ t_{0},T], $$

where C is independent of both y and x.

For simplification, set

$$\begin{aligned} & \Theta \bigl(y,f \bigl(t,y(t) \bigr) \bigr) \\ &\quad =I^{\alpha }f \bigl(t,y(t) \bigr)+g \bigl(t,y(t) \bigr)-g \bigl(t_{0},y(t_{0}) \bigr) \\ &\qquad {}+\frac{(t-t_{0})\Gamma (2-\rho _{0})}{n_{0}(T-t_{0})^{1-\rho _{0}}} \biggl( I^{\delta _{0}}{h_{0} \bigl(T,x(T) \bigr)}-\frac{m_{0}}{m_{1}}I^{\delta _{1}}{h_{1} \bigl(T,y(T) \bigr)} \biggr) +\frac{1}{m_{1}}I^{\delta _{1}}h_{1}{ \bigl(T,y(T) \bigr)} \\ &\qquad {}+\frac{(t-t_{0})\Gamma (2-\rho _{0})}{(T-t_{0})^{1-\rho _{0}}} \biggl( \frac{n_{1}m_{0}}{m_{1}n_{0}}I^{\alpha -\rho _{1}}f \bigl(T,y(T) \bigr)-I^{\alpha - \rho _{0}}f \bigl(T,y(T) \bigr) \biggr) \\ &\qquad {}- \frac{n_{1}}{m_{1}}I^{\alpha -\rho _{1}}f \bigl(T,y(T) \bigr) \\ &\qquad {}+\frac{(t-t_{0})\Gamma (2-\rho _{0})}{(T-t_{0})^{1-\rho _{0}}} \biggl( \frac{n_{1}m_{0}}{m_{1}n_{0}}D^{\rho _{1}}g \bigl(T,y(T) \bigr)-D^{\rho _{0}}g \bigl(T,y(T) \bigr) \biggr) -\frac{n_{1}}{m_{1}}D^{\rho _{1}}g \bigl(T,y(T) \bigr) \\ &\qquad {}+\sum_{k=2}^{n-1} \biggl[ { \frac{n_{1}(T-t_{0})^{k-\rho _{1}}}{m_{1}\Gamma (k-\rho _{1}+1)} \biggl[ {1-\frac{m_{0}}{n_{0}} \frac{(t-t_{0})\Gamma (2-\rho _{0})}{(T-t_{0})^{1-\rho _{0}}}} \biggr] -\frac{(t-t_{0})^{k}}{k!}} \\ &\qquad {} + \frac{(T-t_{0})^{k-1}(t-t_{0})\Gamma (2-\rho _{0})}{\Gamma (k-\rho _{0}+1)} \biggr] \bigl[ {g^{(k)} \bigl(t_{0},y(t_{0}) \bigr)-I^{\delta _{k}}{h_{k}} \bigl(T,y(T) \bigr)} \bigr] . \end{aligned}$$

Remark 5.1

\(y\in {C([t_{0},T],\mathbb{R} )}\) is a solution of (13) iff we can find \(\hbar \in {C([t_{0},T],\mathbb{R} )}\) so that

  1. (1)

    \(\vert \hbar (t) \vert \leq \epsilon \), \(t\in {}[ t_{0},T]\);

  2. (2)

    y satisfies the equation

    $$ y(t)=\Theta \bigl(y,\hbar (t)+f \bigl(t,y(t) \bigr) \bigr)=\Theta \bigl(y,f \bigl(t,y(t) \bigr) \bigr)+I^{\alpha } \hbar (t). $$

A similar remark can be obtained on considering inequality (14).

Lemma 5.3

A function \(y\in {C([t_{0},T],\mathbb{R} )}\) satisfying (13) also satisfies the following integral inequality:

$$ \bigl\vert y(t)-\Theta \bigl(y,f \bigl(t,y(t) \bigr) \bigr) \bigr\vert \leq \frac{ ( T-t_{0} ) ^{\alpha }}{\Gamma (\alpha +1)}\epsilon . $$


According to Remark 5.1, y satisfies equation (15). As a result,

$$\begin{aligned} \bigl\vert y(t)-\Theta \bigl(y,f \bigl(t,y(t) \bigr) \bigr) \bigr\vert & = \bigl\vert I^{ \alpha }\hbar (t) \bigr\vert \\ & \leq \frac{1}{\Gamma (\alpha )} \int _{t_{0}}^{t}(t-s)^{ \alpha -1} \bigl\vert \hbar (s) \bigr\vert \,ds \\ & \leq \frac{ ( T-t_{0} ) ^{\alpha }}{\Gamma (\alpha +1)} \epsilon . \end{aligned}$$


Theorem 5.4

If [H1] is fulfilled, hybrid system (1) is Hyers–Ulam stable, provided that \(\Delta <1\).


Take \(\epsilon >0\) and \(y\in {C([t_{0},T],\mathbb{R} )}\) satisfying (13), and let \(x\in {C([t_{0},T],\mathbb{R} )}\) be the unique solution of (1). Thus,

$$\begin{aligned} & \bigl\vert y(t)-x(t) \bigr\vert \\ &\quad \leq \frac{1}{\Gamma (\alpha )} \int _{t_{0}}^{t}(t-s)^{\alpha -1} \bigl\vert f \bigl(s,y(s) \bigr)-f \bigl(s,x(s) \bigr) \bigr\vert \,ds+ \bigl\vert g \bigl(t,y(t) \bigr)-g \bigl(t,x(t) \bigr) \bigr\vert \\ &\qquad {} + \bigl\vert g \bigl(t_{0},y(t_{0}) \bigr)-g \bigl(t_{0},x(t_{0}) \bigr) \bigr\vert \\ &\qquad {} +\frac{(t-t_{0})\Gamma (2-\rho _{0})}{n_{0}(T-t_{0})^{1-\rho _{0}}} \biggl[ \frac{1}{\Gamma (\delta _{0})} \int _{t_{0}}^{T}(T-s)^{\delta _{0}-1} \bigl\vert h_{0} \bigl(s,y(s) \bigr)-h_{0} \bigl(s,x(s) \bigr) \bigr\vert \,ds \\ &\qquad {} -\frac{m_{0}}{m_{1}\Gamma (\delta _{1})} \int _{t_{0}}^{T}(T-s)^{\delta _{1}-1} \bigl\vert h_{1} \bigl(s,y(s) \bigr)-h_{1} \bigl(s,x(s) \bigr) \bigr\vert \,ds \biggr] \\ &\qquad {} +\frac{1}{m_{1}\Gamma (\delta _{1})} \int _{t_{0}}^{T}(T-s)^{\delta _{1}-1} \bigl\vert h_{1} \bigl(s,y(s) \bigr)-h_{1} \bigl(s,x(s) \bigr) \bigr\vert \,ds \\ &\qquad {} +\frac{(t-t_{0})\Gamma (2-\rho _{0})}{(T-t_{0})^{1-\rho _{0}}} \biggl[ \frac{n_{1}m_{0}}{m_{1}n_{0}\Gamma (\alpha -\rho _{1})} \int _{t_{0}}^{T}(T-s)^{\alpha -\rho _{1}-1} \bigl\vert f \bigl(s,y(s) \bigr)-f \bigl(s,x(s) \bigr) \bigr\vert \,ds \\ &\qquad {} +\frac{1}{\Gamma (\alpha -\rho _{0})} \int _{t_{0}}^{T}(T-s)^{ \alpha -\rho _{0}-1} \bigl\vert f \bigl(s,y(s) \bigr)-f \bigl(s,x(s) \bigr) \bigr\vert \,ds \biggr] \\ &\qquad {} -\frac{n_{1}}{m_{1}\Gamma (\alpha -\rho _{1})} \int _{t_{0}}^{T}(T-s)^{\alpha -\rho _{1}-1} \bigl\vert f \bigl(s,y(s) \bigr)-f \bigl(s,x(s) \bigr) \bigr\vert \,ds \\ &\qquad {} +\frac{(t-t_{0})\Gamma (2-\rho _{0})}{(T-t_{0})^{1-\rho _{0}}}\biggl[ \frac{n_{1}m_{0}}{m_{1}n_{0}\Gamma (2-\rho _{1})} \int _{t_{0}}^{T}(T-s)^{1- \rho _{1}} \bigl\vert g^{{\prime \prime }} \bigl(s,y(s) \bigr)-g^{{\prime \prime }} \bigl(s,x(s) \bigr) \bigr\vert \,ds \\ &\qquad {} +\frac{1}{\Gamma (1-\rho _{0})} \int _{t_{0}}^{T}(T-s)^{- \rho _{0}} \bigl\vert g^{{\prime }} \bigl(s,y(s) \bigr)-g^{{\prime }} \bigl(s,x(s) \bigr) \bigr\vert \,ds\biggr] \\ &\qquad {} -\frac{n_{1}}{m_{1}\Gamma (2-\rho _{1})} \int _{t_{0}}^{T}(T-s)^{1- \rho _{1}} \bigl\vert g^{{\prime \prime }} \bigl(s,y(s) \bigr)-g^{{\prime \prime }} \bigl(s,x(s) \bigr) \bigr\vert \,ds \\ &\qquad {} +\sum_{k=2}^{n-1} \bigl\vert \xi _{k}(t) \bigr\vert \bigl\vert {g^{(k)} \bigl(t_{0},x(t_{0}) \bigr)-g^{(k)} \bigl(t_{0},y(t_{0}) \bigr)} \bigr\vert \\ &\qquad {} +\frac{1}{\Gamma (\delta _{k})} \int _{t_{0}}^{T}(T-s)^{\delta _{k}-1} \bigl\vert h_{k} \bigl(s,y(s) \bigr)-h_{k} \bigl(s,x(s) \bigr) \bigr\vert \,ds + \frac{(T-t_{0})^{\alpha }}{\Gamma (\alpha +1)}\epsilon \\ &\quad \leq \frac{C_{f}(T-t_{0})^{\alpha }}{\Gamma (\alpha +1)} \Vert y-x \Vert +2C_{g} \Vert y-x \Vert \\ &\qquad {} +\frac{(T-t_{0})^{\rho _{0}}\Gamma (2-\rho _{0})}{n_{0}} \biggl[ \frac{(T-t_{0})^{\delta _{0}}C_{h_{0}}}{\Gamma (\delta _{0}+1)}- \frac{m_{0}(T-t_{0})^{\delta _{1}}C_{h_{1}}}{m_{1}\Gamma (\delta _{1}+1)} \biggr] \Vert y-x \Vert \\ &\qquad {} - \frac{(T-t_{0})^{\delta _{1}}C_{h_{1}}}{m_{1}\Gamma (\delta _{1}+1)} \Vert y-x \Vert \\ &\qquad {} +(T-t_{0})^{\rho _{0}}\Gamma (2-\rho _{0})C_{f} \biggl[ \frac{n_{1}m_{0}(T-t_{0})^{\alpha -\rho _{1}}}{m_{1}n_{0}\Gamma (\alpha -\rho _{1}+1)}+ \frac{(T-t_{0})^{\alpha -\rho _{0}}}{\Gamma (\alpha -\rho _{0}+1)} \biggr] \Vert y-x \Vert \\ &\qquad {} - \frac{n_{1}(T-t_{0})^{\alpha -\rho _{1}}C_{f}}{m_{1}\Gamma (\alpha -\rho _{1}+1)} \Vert y-x \Vert \\ &\qquad {} +(T-t_{0})^{\rho _{1}}\Gamma (2-\rho _{0}) \biggl[ \frac{n_{1}m_{0}C_{g^{(2)}}(T-t_{0})^{2-\rho _{1}}}{m_{1}n_{0}\Gamma (3-\rho _{1})}+\frac{(T-t_{0})^{1-\rho _{0}}C_{g^{(1)}}}{\Gamma (2-\rho _{0})} \biggr] \Vert y-x \Vert \\ &\qquad {} - \frac{n_{1}C_{g^{(2)}}(T-t_{0})^{2-\rho _{1}}}{m_{1}\Gamma (3-\rho _{1})} \Vert y-x \Vert \\ &\qquad {} +\sum_{k=2}^{n-1}M_{\xi _{k}} \biggl[ C_{g^{(k)}}+ \frac{(T-t_{0})^{\delta _{k}}C_{h_{k}}}{\Gamma (\delta _{k}+1)} \biggr] \Vert y-x \Vert +\frac{(T-t_{0})^{\alpha }}{\Gamma (\alpha +1)}\epsilon \\ &\quad =\Delta \Vert y-x \Vert + \frac{(T-t_{0})^{\alpha }}{\Gamma (\alpha +1)}\epsilon . \end{aligned}$$


$$ \Vert y-x \Vert \leq \frac{(T-t_{0})^{\alpha }}{(1-\Delta )\Gamma (\alpha +1)}\epsilon :=C \epsilon , $$


$$ C=\frac{(T-t_{0})^{\alpha }}{(1-\Delta )\Gamma (\alpha +1)}. $$

Hence, system (1) is Hyers–Ulam stable. □

Remark 5.2

The Hyers–Ulam-Rassias stability can be established in a similar manner.


In this portion, we give an example to defend our pivot results of the theory attained above.

Example 6.1

Due to (1), regard the following fractional hybrid differential system:

$$ \textstyle\begin{cases} D^{2.5}(x(t)-g(t,x(t)))=f(t,x(t)),\quad t\in (0,1), \\ -x(0)+D^{0.5}x(1)=I^{2}h_{0}(1,x(1)), \\ x(0)-D^{1.5}x(1)=I^{2}h_{1}(1,x(1)), \\ x^{(2)}(0)=I^{2}h_{2}(1,x(1)),\end{cases} $$

where \(\alpha =2.5\), \(\rho _{0}=0.5\), \(\rho _{1}=1.5\), and \(\delta _{0}=\delta _{1}=\delta _{2}=2\). Since the functions f, \(h_{k}\), \(g^{(k)}\), \(k=0,1,2\), are Lipschitz with \({C}_{f}={C}_{h_{k}}={C}_{g^{(k)}}=0.01\). Therefore, we find that

$$ \Delta =0.126< 1. $$

Hence, problem (16) has a unique solution by Theorem 3.3. Moreover, using Theorem 5.4, system (16) is Hyers–Ulam (–Rassias) stable with \(C=2.39\).

Let us, in particular, assume that

$$\begin{aligned}& f(t,x) ={{h_{0}(t,x)}}={{h_{1}(t,x)}}= \textstyle\begin{cases} 0.4,&x\leq 1, \\ 0.39+\frac{x}{100},&1\leq x\leq 5, \\ 2.56x-12.36,&5\leq x\leq 6, \\ 3,&x\geq 6, \end{cases}\displaystyle \\& g(t,x) = {0.1e}^{t},\qquad h_{2}(t,x)=e^{t}. \end{aligned}$$

One can find figures of the functions \(f(t,x)\) and \(g(t,x)\) in [52]. The calculations of the basic conditions give the following:

$$ \textstyle\begin{cases} m_{0},n_{1}\leq 0,\quad m_{1},n_{0}>0, \\ \frac{\Gamma (3-\rho _{1})}{\Gamma (3-\rho _{0})}=0.667< 1= \frac{n_{1}m_{0}}{m_{1}n_{0}}(T-t_{0})^{\rho _{0}-\rho _{1}}, \\ f(t,x)\geq 0, \\ g(t,x(t))\geq g(t_{0},x(t_{0}))=0.1\geq 0,\quad t\in {}[ 0,1], \\ \frac{n_{1}m_{0}}{m_{1}n_{0}}I^{\alpha -\rho _{1}}f(T,x(T))=I^{1}f(1,x(1) \geq I^{2}f(1,x(1)), \\ g(0.83,x(0.83))\leq \frac{n_{1}m_{0}}{m_{1}n_{0}}D^{\rho _{1}}g(T,x(T))=D^{1.5}g(T,x(T)) \\ \hphantom{g(0.83,x(0.83))}=I^{0.5}g^{{\prime \prime }}(1,x(1))=I^{0.5}g^{{\prime }}(1,x(1))=D^{0.5}g(T,x(T)) \geq 0, \\ 0\leq {g^{{\prime \prime }}(0,x(0))=0.1\leq 0.7183=I^{\delta _{2}}{h_{2}}(1,x(1))}.\end{cases} $$

Moreover, it is obvious that condition [H3] is also valid. To continue our investigation, we need to justify the conditions of Theorem 4.3. Let \(r_{1}=1\), \(r_{2}=5\), and \(r_{3}=6\). Also assume that

$$\begin{aligned}& \tau = 0.5, \\& m_{f} = m_{h_{0}}=m_{h_{1}}=M_{f}=M_{g}=M_{h_{0}}=M_{h_{1}} \\& \hphantom{m_{f}} = M_{h_{2}}=n_{f}=n_{h_{1}}=n_{h_{0}}=1. \end{aligned}$$

Then we find that

$$ \textstyle\begin{cases} \vert \xi _{2}(t) \vert \leq M_{\xi _{2}}=0.89327, \\ R_{1}=1.3m_{f}+0.443m_{h_{0}}+0.943m_{h_{1}}=2.686, \\ R_{2}=2.63M_{f}+ ( 2+1.88623K ) M_{g}+0.443M_{h_{0}}+0.943M_{h_{1}} +2.68M_{h_{2}}=10.6, \\ R_{3}=1.0532n_{f}+0.722n_{h_{1}}+0.222n_{h_{0}}=1.997.\end{cases}$$

Therefore, hypotheses (i)–(iii) are satisfied, since if \(t\in {}[ 0.5,1]\) and \(x\geq 6\), we have

$$ \textstyle\begin{cases} f(t,x)>n_{f}\frac{r_{3}}{R_{3}}=3, \\ h_{k}(t,x)>n_{h_{k}}\frac{r_{3}}{R_{3}}=3,\quad k=0,1.\end{cases}$$

For \((t,x)\in {}[ 0,1]\times {}[ 0,5]\), we obtain

$$ \textstyle\begin{cases} f(t,x)\leq M_{f}\frac{r_{2}}{R_{2}}\leq 0.472, \\ h_{k}(t,x)\leq M_{h_{k}}\frac{r_{2}}{R_{2}}\leq 0.472,\quad k=0,1.\end{cases}$$

Finally, \(\forall (t,x)\in {}[ 0,1]\times {}[ 0,1]\), we get

$$ \textstyle\begin{cases} f(t,x)>m_{f}\frac{r_{1}}{R_{1}}>0.3723, \\ h_{k}(t,x)>m_{h_{k}}\frac{r_{1}}{R_{1}}>0.3723,\quad k=0,1.\end{cases}$$

Therefore, using Theorem 4.3, for system (16), the existence of at least two positive solutions \(x_{1}\) and \(x_{2}\) is guaranteed provided \(1<\Vert x_{1}\Vert \) with \(\Vert x_{1}\Vert <5\) and \(5<\Vert x_{2}\Vert \) with \(\min_{t\in {}[ 0.5,1]}x(t)<6\).


The fractional integro-differential boundary problem of a hybrid system is a generalization of many existing problems. Many basic expressions are gathered in this model such as hybrid model, fractional derivatives of any order, fractional intro-differential boundary conditions, etc. Based on some well-known fixed point theorems of operator theory and the technique of fractional nonlinear differential systems, the existence and uniqueness criteria for the considered system (1) have been obtained. To do this, we used some notions on cones and verified some inequalities. Likewise, under specific assumptions and conditions, we have found the Hyers–Ulam stability result regarding solutions of hybrid system (1). The future research may continue to develop many qualitative properties of a modified system with the very recent fractional derivatives containing nonsingular kernels.

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Matar, M.M., abu Jarad, M., Ahmad, M. et al. On the existence and stability of two positive solutions of a hybrid differential system of arbitrary fractional order via Avery–Anderson–Henderson criterion on cones. Adv Differ Equ 2021, 423 (2021).

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  • Boundary values problem
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