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If L 1, the map f (x) is said to be contractive, and if L < 1 it is said to be strictly contractive. For a Lipschitz continuous map, the method of “successive approximation” is often effective. 58) can be constructed by first rewriting it as an integral equation x(t) = xˆ + and then successively approximating it as t x0 (t) = xˆ , x1 (t) = xˆ + t f (x0 (s))ds, x2 (t) = xˆ + 0 t 0 f (x(s))ds f (x1 (s))ds, · · · . 58). This method—Picard’s successive approximation—applies also to higher (even infinite) dimensional ODEs [3, 15].
In comparison with the “plane graph” of a linear law, the graph of a nonlinear law is distorted (the plane tangent to the curved graph is the “linear approximation” of the nonlinear law). The theme of nonlinear science is the phenomena that only distorted graphs can describe. In the next section, we shall study the basic “patterns” of nonlinearity. Before that, though, we have to learn the exponential law which, together with the proportionality law, constitutes the core of linear theory. 4 Exponential Law The exponential law (in its higher-dimensional generalization) plays the central role in the linear theory of dynamics (study of temporal evolution).
Extinction occurs in a finite time. 42) describes some nonlinear force. After x(t) becomes 0, it can make a departure from 0 at an t0 and continue to decrease into the negative range, leading to arbitrary time t1 the following solutions: ⎧ ⎨ (t0 − t)2 /4 x(t) = 0 ⎩ −(t − t1 )2 /4 √ (t < t0 = 2 x0 ), (t1 t t0 ), (t > t1 t0 ). 44) Here, t1 is an arbitrary number (not smaller than t0 ). 42) loses its uniqueness when it touches the singularity (see Fig. 10). 2). 4 Nonlinearity Escaping from Linearity—Criticality There is another possibility of abrupt nonlinearity, in addition to the aforementioned singularity (irregularity), that prevents any linear approximation.