We study a class of even order system boundary value problems with periodic boundary conditions. A series of criteria are obtained for the existence of one, two, any arbitrary number, and even a countably infinite number of positive solutions. Criteria for the nonexistence of positive solutions are also derived. As for the second order case, our results extend, improve, and supplement those in the literature for scalar and system boundary value problems. Several examples are given to demonstrate the applications. Moreover, we obtain conditions for system periodic boundary value problems of a different form to have nontrivial solutions by transforming our main results to such problems.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||14|
|Journal||Nonlinear Analysis, Theory, Methods and Applications|
|State||Published - Feb 1 2010|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Applied Mathematics