Received 6 December 2015; accepted 23 January 2016; published 27 January 2016
We shall be concerned here, with stability and boundedness of solutions of the third order, non-linear, non- autonomous differential equation of the form:
where a(t), b(t) are positive continuously differentiable functions and, f and p are continuous real-valued functions depending only on the arguments shown, and the dots indicate the differentiation with respect to t. Moreover, the existence and uniqueness of solutions of (1.1) will be assumed.
The Lyapunov function or functional approach has been a powerful tool to ascertain the stability and boundedness of solutions of certain differential equations. Up to now, perhaps, the most effective method to determine the stability and boundedness of solutions of non-linear differential equations is still the Lyapunov’s direct (or second) method. The major advantage of this method is that stability in the large and boundedness of solutions can be obtained without any prior knowledge of solutions. Today, this method is widely recognized as an excellent tool not only in the study of differential equations but also in the theory of control systems, dynamical systems, systems with time lag, power system analysis, time varying non-linear feedback systems, and so on. Its chief characteristic is the construction of a scalar function or functional, namely, the Lyapunov function or functional. This function or functional and its time derivative along the system under consideration must satisfy some fundamental inequalities. But, finding an appropriate Lyapunov function or functional is in general a difficult task. See  .
Stability analysis and boundedness of solutions of nonlinear systems are important area of current research and many concept of stability and boundedness of solutions have in the past been studied by several authors. See for instance, a survey book, Ressig et al.  and in a sequence of results by  -  . With respect to our observation in the relevant literature, these authors consider stability, asymptotic behavior and boundedness of
solutions of Equation (1.1) for which equals any of, , and equals, with. The special case for which, , and with have received little attention due to the difficulty in constructing suitable scalar function. For example, see  -  . However, no work based on (1.1) was found. The result here will be different from those mentioned.
The motivation for the present work is derived from the papers of the authors mentioned above. Our aim is to extend their results to the very special case in Equation (1.1) for the boundedness and asymptotic behavior of solutions.
2. Statement of Results
Our main results are the following theorems.
Theorem 1 Suppose are continuously differentiable on and and the following conditions are satisfied;
(ii), , , for all x, y;
(iii), , , for all x, y and, ;
(iv), where is a small positive constant whose magnitude depends only on the constants appeared in (i)-(iii).
Then, every solution of (1.1) is asymptotically stable and satisfies
, , as.
Theorem 2 Let all the conditions of Theorem 1 be satisfied, and in addition we assume that there exist a finite constant and a non-negative and continuous function such that p satisfies
where for all.
Then every solution, of (1.1) satisfies
for all sufficiently large t, while D is a finite constant.
Remark 2.1 Our results develop Qian  , Omeike  and Tunc’s  results to the non-autonomous of the form (1.1).
It is convenient here to consider, the equivalent system of (1.1);
and show that under the conditions stated in the theorem, every solution of (2.2) satisfies
for all sufficiently large t, where D is the constant in (2.1).
Our proof of (2.3) rests entirely on the lemma stated below and the scalar function defined by
and, an arbitrary fixed constant such that
Lemma 1 Subject to the conditions of Theorem 1 there are positive constants and depending only on, and such that
Furthermore, there are finite constants dependent only and such that any solution of (2.2),
Proof: To verify (2.6) observe first that the expressions in (2.4) may be re-arranged in the form,
By conditions (ii) of Theorem 1 and, we have that the term
in the re-arrangement of 2V becomes
Since, and, (i) of Theorem 1 and combining all these with (2.8), we have
for all x, y and z. Since satisfy (2.5) and, the constants and are positive. This implies that there exists a constant small enough such that
Next, we prove the inequality (2.7). Along any solution of (2.2), we have
We easily see that by hypothesis (ii) of Theorem 1,
By hypothesis (iii)
where and are constants.
Using the inequality (2.6) for all and, we have that
Just as in (2.7), we obtain
Proof of Theorem 1: It follows that if and only if.
Thus, in view of (2.9) and (2.10) and the last discussion, it shows that the trivial solution of (1.1) is asymptotically stable.
Hence, the proof of Theorem 1 is complete.
Proof of Theorem 2: The proof of Theorem 2 depends on the scalar differentiable Lyapunov function defined in (2.4).
Since in (2.11) for all thus
Hence, it follows that
for a constant, where.
Making use of the inequalities and. It is clear that
by (2.6), we have.
We integrate both sides of this inequality from 0 to t and using Gronwall-Bellman inequality, we obtain
where is a constant and.
Now, since the right-hand side is a constant and since as, it follows that there exist a constant such that
From the system (1.1), this implies that
The proof of Theorem 2 is now complete.
The solutions of the third-order non-autonomous nonlinear system are bounded and asymptotically stable according to the Lyapunov’s theory if the inequality (2.5) is satisfied.
Example 2.1 We consider a certain third order non-autonomous scalar differential equation of the form
Choosing, then, and.
Thus, all conditions of the Theorems are satisfied. Therefore, all solutions of (3.1) are asymptotically stable and bounded.
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