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A disconjugacy criterion for linear scalar differential operators

Author: James S. Muldowney
Journal: Proc. Amer. Math. Soc. 65 (1977), 93-96
MSC: Primary 34C10
MathSciNet review: 0442367
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Abstract: It is shown that if a linear scalar differential operator is not disconjugate on an interval then each member of a certain family of first order vector differential equations has an oscillatory solution. Thus any condition which guarantees the nonoscillation of a member of the family is a disconjugacy criterion for the scalar operator. The form of the vector systems is convenient for the use of nonoscillation conditions developed by Nehari, Schwarz and Friedland.

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Keywords: Disconjugacy, nonoscillation
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