# American Institute of Mathematical Sciences

2013, 2013(special): 273-281. doi: 10.3934/proc.2013.2013.273

## Existence of nontrivial solutions to systems of multi-point boundary value problems

 1 Department of Mathematics, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Chattanooga, TN 37403, United States 2 Department of Mathematics, Faculty of Sciences, Razi University, Kermanshah 67149

Received  July 2012 Revised  December 2012 Published  November 2013

In this paper, sufficient conditions are established for the existence of at least one nontrivial solution of the multi-point boundary value system $$\left\{\begin{array}{ll} -(\phi_{p_i}(u'_{i}))'=\lambda F_{u_{i}}(x,u_{1},\ldots,u_{n}),\ x\in(0,1),\\ u_{i}(0)=\sum_{j=1}^m a_ju_i(x_j),\ u_{i}(1)=\sum_{j=1}^m b_ju_i(x_j), \end{array} \right. i=1,\ldots,n.$$ The approach is based on variational methods and critical point theory.
Citation: John R. Graef, Shapour Heidarkhani, Lingju Kong. Existence of nontrivial solutions to systems of multi-point boundary value problems. Conference Publications, 2013, 2013 (special) : 273-281. doi: 10.3934/proc.2013.2013.273
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