An equation alternately of retarded and advanced type. (English) Zbl 0628.34074

The present paper is related to the authors’ previous paper [J. Math. Anal. Appl. 99, 265-297 (1984; Zbl 0557.34059)] and the paper of S. M. Shah and the second author [Int. J. Math. Math. Sci. 6, 671-703 (1983; Zbl 0534.34067)]. The main results deal with the equation \[ (1)\quad x'(t)=ax(t)+a_ 0x(2[(t+1)/2]),\quad x(0)=C_ 0, \] where [\(\cdot]\) is the greatest-integer function. The argument deviation \(\tau (t)=t-2[(t+1)/2]\) is a function of period 2 and equals t for \(-1\leq t<1\). It changes its sign in each interval \(2n-1\leq t<2n+1\). It was proved that (1) has a unique solution on [0,\(\infty)\) and a unique backward solution on (-\(\infty,0]\). Furthermore, some necessary and sufficient conditions for the asymptotical stability of the zero solutions are given. Moreover, the set of bounded solutions is characterized. Also the authors investigate the set of \((a,a_ 0)\) such that all nontrivial solutions have no zeros in (-\(\infty,\infty)\). Finally, the same equation with variable coefficients a(t), \(a_ 0(t)\) is examined, the condition for existence of a unique solution on [0,\(\infty)\) is determined, and conditions are found under which all solutions are oscillatory.
Reviewer: M.Kisielewicz


34K20 Stability theory of functional-differential equations
34K99 Functional-differential equations (including equations with delayed, advanced or state-dependent argument)
34K05 General theory of functional-differential equations
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