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Solvability of a finite or infinite system of discontinuous quasimonotone differential equations

Authors: Daniel C. Biles and Eric Schechter
Journal: Proc. Amer. Math. Soc. 128 (2000), 3349-3360
MSC (2000): Primary 34A12, 34A40; Secondary 45G15
Published electronically: May 18, 2000
MathSciNet review: 1707137
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This paper proves the existence of solutions to the initial value problem

\begin{displaymath}(\mathrm{IVP})\qquad\qquad\left\{\begin{array}{l} x'(t)=f(t,x(t))\qquad\quad (0\le t\le 1), x(0)=0,\end{array}\right.\end{displaymath}

where $f:[0,1]\times \mathbb{R} ^M\to \mathbb{R} ^M$ may be discontinuous but is assumed to satisfy conditions of superposition-measurability, quasimonotonicity, quasisemicontinuity, and integrability. The set $M$ can be arbitrarily large (finite or infinite); our theorem is new even for $\mbox{card}(M)=2$. The proof is based partly on measure-theoretic techniques used in one dimension under slightly stronger hypotheses by Rzymowski and Walachowski. Further generalizations are mentioned at the end of the paper.

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Daniel C. Biles
Affiliation: Department of Mathematics, Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, Kentucky 42101-3576

Eric Schechter
Affiliation: Department of Mathematics, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee 37240-0001

PII: S 0002-9939(00)05584-2
Keywords: Quasimonotone, semicontinuous, quasisemicontinuous, supmeasurable, subsolution
Received by editor(s): January 13, 1999
Published electronically: May 18, 2000
Communicated by: Hal L. Smith
Article copyright: © Copyright 2000 American Mathematical Society