CDS 140a Winter 2015 Homework 4

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R. Murray Issued: 26 Jan 2015
CDS 140, Winter 2015


Due: 4 Feb 2015 at 12:30 pm
In class or to box across 107 STL


Note: In the upper left hand corner of the second page of your homework set, please put the number of hours that you spent on this homework set (including reading).

  1. Perko, Section 2.9, problem 3 Use the Lyapunov function $V(x)=x_1^2+x_2^2+x_3^2$ to show that the origin is an asymptotically stable equilibrium point of the system

    \dot{x}=\begin{bmatrix}-x_2-x_1x_2^2+x_3^2-x_1^3\\ x_1+x_3^3-x_2^3\\ -x_1x_3-x_3x_1^2-x_2x_3^2-x_3^5\end{bmatrix}


    Show that the trajectories of the linearized system $\dot{x}=Df(0)x$ for this problem lie on circles in planes parallel to the $x_1,\,x_2$ plane; hence, the origin is stable, but not asymptotically stable for the linearized system.

  2. Determine the stability of the system

    \aligned \dot{x}&=-y-x^3\\ \dot{y}&=x^5 \endaligned


    Hint: motivated by the first equation, try a Lyapunov function of the form $V(x,y)=\alpha x^6+\beta y^2$. Is the origin asymptotically stable? Is the origin globally asymptotically stable?

  3. Definition: An equilibrium point is exponentially stable if $\exists\,M,\,\alpha>0$ and $\epsilon>0$ such that $\|x(t)\|\leq Me^{-\alpha t}\|x(0)\|$, $\forall\|x(0)\|\leq\epsilon,\,t\geq 0$. Let $\dot x = f(x)$ be a dynamical system with an equilibrium point at $x_e = 0$. Show that if there is a function $V(x)$ satisfying
    <amsmath>k_1\|x\|^2\leq V(x)\leq k_2\|x\|^2,\quad \dot V(x)\leq -k_3\|x\|^2 </amsmath>

    for positive constants $k_1$, $k_2$ and $k_3$, then the equilibrium point at the origin is exponentially stable.

  4. Perko, Section 2.12, problem 2 Use Theorem 1 [Center Manifold Theorem] to determine the qualitative behaviour near the non-hyperbolic critical point at the origin for the system

    \aligned \dot{x}&=y\\ \dot{y}&=-y+\alpha x^2+xy \endaligned


    for $\alpha\neq 0$ and for $\alpha=0$; i.e., follow the procedure in Example 1 after diagonalizing the system as in Example 3.

  5. Consider the following system in $\mathbb R^2$:

    \dot{x}&=-\frac{\alpha}{2}(x^2+y^2)+\alpha (x+y)-\alpha\\ \dot y&=-\alpha xy+\alpha (x+y)-\alpha


    Determine the stable, unstable, and centre manifold of the equilibrium point at $(x,y)=(1,1)$, and determine the stability of this equilibrium point for $\alpha\neq 0$. For determining stability, note that near the equilibrium point there are two 1-dimensional invariant linear manifolds of the form $M=\{(a_1,a_2)\in\mathbb R^2\|a_2=ka_1\}$; determine the flow on these invariant manifolds.