By David G. Costa

This booklet is a brief introductory textual content to variational concepts with functions to differential equations. It provides a sampling of themes in serious aspect concept with functions to life and multiplicity of recommendations in nonlinear difficulties related to usual differential equations (ODEs) and partial differential equations (PDEs).

Five basic difficulties in ODEs which illustrate lifestyles of options from a variational standpoint are brought within the first bankruptcy. those difficulties set the level for the themes coated, together with minimization, deformation effects, the mountain-pass theorem, the saddle-point theorem, serious issues lower than constraints, a duality precept, serious issues within the presence of symmetry, and issues of loss of compactness. every one subject is gifted in a simple demeanour, and via one or illustrative applications.

The concise, simple, hassle-free process of this textbook will entice graduate scholars and researchers attracted to differential equations, research, and practical analysis.

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P(u) E X is the unique element verifying ip' (u) . ) 2 Some Versions of the Deformation Theorem There are versions of the deformation theorem due to Palais [60, 59] and Clark [25], among others. p is assumed to satisfy some compactness condition. Here, we shall be interested in Clark's versions, which will be stated for the general case of a Banach space X. Our presentation follows [74] (cf. p, a result due to Willem [74]. 1. p : X --+ lR be a 0 1 functional on a Banach space X. 1) for all u E

The functional ~ : Hl(O) ----+ ~ given above is well defined. Moreover, ~ is bounded from below and is of class 0 1 with cp'(u) . 1) if and only if u is a critical point of ~). ) Now, in order to show that ~ is bounded from below, we decompose X == 1(0) H as X==XOEBXI , where Xl == IR == span{1} is the subspace of constant functions and X o == (span {1})1- == { v E X I In v dx == 0 } is the space of functions in HI (0) with mean-value zero. Also, we observe that the following Poincare inequality holds for functions in X o, where c is a positive constant (cf.

Next, let us consider a second (more general) version of the deformation theorem, also due to Clark [25]. 3. Let cp E C1(X,JR) satisfy the Palais-Smale condition (PS). Given c E JR and an open neighborhood U of K c ' then, for any E > 0 sufficiently small, there exists TJ E C([O, 1] x X, X) such that (for any u E X and t E [0,1]): (i) TJ(O, u) == u, (ii) TJ(t, u) == u if u ~ cp-l[c - 2E, C + 2E], (iii) TJ(l, cpC+E\U) c cpC-E, (iv) TJ(t,·): X ----t X is a homeomorphism. Let S == X\U. Then there must exist E,6 > 0 such that Ilcp'(u)11 2: 4E/6 wherever u E cp-l [c- 2E, C + 2E] n 8 2 8 since, otherwise, one would have a Proof: sequence (un) satisfying 24 3 The Deformation Theorem Then, in view of the condition (PS), one would have a convergent subsequence u n k ---+ U, with U E S n Ki: But this is a contradiction, since S == X\U and K; C U.