`Abstract and Applied AnalysisVolume 2012 (2012), Article ID 819342, 17 pageshttp://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2012/819342`
Research Article

## Oscillation Theorems for Second-Order Quasilinear Neutral Functional Differential Equations

1School of Mathematical Sciences, University of Jinan, Shandong Jinan 250022, China
2Department of Mathematics and Statistics, Missouri University of Science and Technology, Rolla, MO 65409-0020, USA
3School of Control Science and Engineering, Shandong University, Shandong Jinan 250061, China

Received 15 March 2012; Revised 14 May 2012; Accepted 14 May 2012

Copyright © 2012 Shurong Sun et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

#### Abstract

New oscillation criteria are established for the second-order nonlinear neutral functional differential equations of the form , , where , , and . Our results improve and extend some known results in the literature. Some examples are also provided to show the importance of these results.

#### 1. Introduction

This paper is concerned with the oscillation problem of the second-order nonlinear functional differential equation of the following form: where is a constant, .

Throughout this paper, we will assume the following hypotheses: for ,, , ,;, and there exists a function such that

By a solution of (1.1), we mean a function for some which has the property that and satisfies (1.1) on . As is customary, a solution of (1.1) is called oscillatory if it has arbitrarily large zeros on ; otherwise, it is called nonoscillatory. Equation (1.1) is said to be oscillatory if all of its nonconstant solutions are oscillatory.

We note that neutral delay differential equations find numerous applications in electric networks. For instance, they are frequently used for the study of distributed networks containing lossless transmission lines which rise in high-speed computers where the lossless transmission lines are used to interconnect switching circuits; see [1]. Therefore, there is constant interest in obtaining new sufficient conditions for the oscillation or nonoscillation of the solutions of varietal types of the second-order equations, see, e.g., papers [217].

Known oscillation criteria require various restrictions on the coefficients of the studied neutral differential equations.

Agarwal et al. [2], Chern et al. [3], Džurina and Stavroulakis [4], Kusano et al. [5, 6], Mirzov [7], and Sun and Meng [8] observed some similar properties between and the corresponding linear equation Liu and Bai [10], Xu and Meng [11, 12], and Dong [13] established some oscillation criteria for (1.3) with neutral term under the assumption that

Han et al. [14] examined the oscillation of second-order linear neutral differential equation where , and obtained some oscillation criteria for (1.6) when Han et al. [15] studied the oscillation of (1.6) under the case and

Tripathy [16] considered the nonlinear dynamic equation of the form where is a the ratios of two positive odd integers, and obtained some oscillation criteria under the following conditions:

Džurina [17] was concerned with the oscillation behavior of the solutions of the second-order neutral differential equations as follows where is a the ratios of two positive odd integers, and obtained some new results under the following conditions

Our purpose of this paper is to establish some new oscillation criteria for (1.1), and we will also consider the cases (1.5) and

To the best of my knowledge, there is no result for the oscillation of (1.1) under the conditions both and (1.13).

In this paper, we will use a new inequality to establish some oscillation criteria for (1.1) for the first time. Some examples will be given to show the importance of these results. In Sections 3 and 4, for the sake of convenience, we denote that

#### 2. Lemma

In this section, we give the following lemma, which we will use in the proofs of our main results.

Lemma 2.1. Assume that . If , then one has

Proof. Suppose that or . Then we have (2.1). Suppose that . Define the function by . Then for . Thus, is a convex function. By the definition of convex function, for , we have that is, This completes the proof.

#### 3. Oscillation Criteria for the Case (1.5)

In this section, we will establish some oscillation criteria for (1.1) under the case (1.5).

Theorem 3.1. Suppose that (1.5) holds, for . Furthermore, assume that there exists a function such that Then (1.1) is oscillatory.

Proof. Let be a nonoscillatory solution of (1.1). Without loss of generality, we assume that there exists such that and for all . By applying (1.1), for all sufficiently large , we obtain that Using (2.1) and the definition of , we conclude that In view of (1.1), we obtain that Thus, is decreasing function. Now we have two possible cases for eventually and eventually.
(i) Suppose that for . Then, from (3.4), we get which implies that Letting , by (1.5), we find , which is a contradiction.
(ii) Suppose that for . We define a Riccati substitution Then . From (3.4), we have Differentiating (3.7), we find that Therefore, by (3.7), (3.8), and (3.9), we see that Similarly, we introduce a Riccati substitution Then . From (3.4), we have Differentiating (3.11), we find that Therefore, by (3.11), (3.12), and (3.13), we see that Thus, from (3.10) and (3.14), we have It is follows from (3.3) that Integrating the above inequality from to , we obtain that Define Using the following inequality: we have On the other hand, define So we have Thus, from (3.17), we get which contradicts (3.1). This completes the proof.

When , where are constants, we obtain the following result.

Theorem 3.2. Suppose that (1.5) holds, , for . Further, assume that there exists a function such that Then (1.1) is oscillatory.

Proof. Let be a nonoscillatory solution of (1.1). Without loss of generality, we assume that there exists such that and for all . Using (1.1), for all sufficiently large , we obtain that By applying (2.1) and the definition of , we conclude that The remainder of the proof is similar to that of Theorem 3.1 and hence is omitted.

Theorem 3.3. Suppose that (1.5) holds, for . Furthermore, assume that there exists a function such that Then (1.1) is oscillatory.

Proof. Let be a nonoscillatory solution of (1.1). Without loss of generality, we assume that there exists such that and for all . Proceeding as in the proof of Theorem 3.1, we get (3.3) and (3.4). In view of (3.4), is decreasing function. Now we have two possible cases for eventually and eventually.
(i) Suppose that for . Then, similar to the proof of case of Theorem 3.1, we obtain a contradiction.
(ii) Suppose that for . We define a Riccati substitution Then . From (3.4), we have Differentiating (3.28), we find that Therefore, by (3.28), (3.29), and (3.30), we see that
Similarly, we introduce a Riccati substitution Then . Differentiating (3.32), we find that Therefore, by (3.32) and (3.33), we see that Thus, from (3.31) and (3.33), we have It follows from (3.3) that Integrating the above inequality from to , we obtain that Define Using (3.19), we have On the other hand, define So we have Thus, from (3.37), we get which contradicts (3.27). This completes the proof.

When , where are constants, we obtain the following result.

Theorem 3.4. Suppose that (1.5) holds, for . Furthermore, assume that there exists a function such that Then (1.1) is oscillatory.

Proof. Let be a nonoscillatory solution of (1.1). Without loss of generality, we assume that there exists such that and for all . Using (1.1) and the definition of , we obtain (3.26) for all sufficiently large . The remainder of the proof is similar to that of Theorem 3.3 and hence is omitted.

#### 4. Oscillation Criteria for the Case (1.13)

In this section, we will establish some oscillation criteria for (1.1) under the case (1.13).

In the following, we assume that are constants.

Theorem 4.1. Suppose that (1.13) holds, ,? ?for . Further, assume that there exists a function such that (3.24) holds. If there exists a function for such that then (1.1) is oscillatory.

Proof. Let be a nonoscillatory solution of (1.1). Without loss of generality, we assume that there exists such that and for all . Proceeding as in the proof of Theorem 3.2, we get (3.26). In view of (1.1), we have (3.4). Thus, is decreasing function. Now we have two possible cases for eventually and eventually.
(i) Suppose that for . Then, by Theorem 3.2, we obtain a contradiction with (3.24).
(ii) Suppose that for . We define the function by Then . Noting that is increasing, we get Dividing the above inequality by , and integrating it from to , we obtain that Letting , we have that is, Hence, by (4.2), we get
Similarly, we define the function by Then . Noting that is increasing, we get the following: Thus . So by (4.7), we see that Differentiating (4.2), we obtain that by (3.4), and we have , so
Similarly, we see that Therefore, by (4.12) and (4.13), we get the following: Using (3.26) and (4.14), we obtain that Multiplying (4.15) by , and integrating it from to , we have Using (3.19), (4.7), and (4.10), we find that Letting , we obtain a contradiction with (4.1). This completes the proof.

From Theorems 3.4 and 4.1, we have the following result.

Theorem 4.2. Suppose that (1.13) holds, for . Further, assume that there exists a function such that (3.43) holds. If there exists a function for such that (4.1) holds, then (1.1) is oscillatory.

#### 5. Examples

In this section, we will give some examples to illustrate the main results.

Example 5.1. Study the second-order neutral differential equation where are constants.

Let . It is easy to see that all the conditions of Theorem 3.1 hold. Hence, (5.1) is oscillatory.

Example 5.2. Consider the second-order quasilinear neutral differential equation where are constants, .

Let . Then, we have if . Hence, by Theorem 3.2, (5.2) is oscillatory if

Example 5.3. Investigate the second-order neutral differential equation

Let . It is easy to see that all the conditions of Theorem 3.3 hold. Hence, (5.5) is oscillatory, for example, is a solution of (5.5).

Example 5.4. Discuss the second-order quasilinear neutral differential equation where are constants, .

Let . Then, we have if . Hence, by Theorem 3.4, (5.6) is oscillatory if

Example 5.5. Examine the second-order quasilinear neutral differential equation where are constants, .

Let . Then, . It is easy to see that (3.24) holds. On the other hand, taking , then . Therefore, one has if . Thus, by Theorem 4.1, (5.9) oscillates if

#### 6. Conclusions

Inequality technique plays an important role in studying the oscillatory behavior of differential equations; in this paper, we establish a new inequality (2.1); by using (2.1) and Riccati substitution, we establish some new oscillation criteria for (1.1). Theorem 3.1 can be applied to the case . Specially, taking , our results include and improve the results in [15]; for example, and Theorem 4.1 includes [15, Theorem 3.1], Theorem 4.2 includes [15, Theorem 3.2]. The method can be applied on the second-order Emden-Fowler neutral differential equations where . It would be interesting to find another method to investigate (1.1) when .

#### Acknowledgment

The authors sincerely thank the reviewers for their valuable suggestions and useful comments that have led to the present improved version of the original manuscript. This paper is supported by the Natural Science Foundation of China (11071143, 60904024, 61174217), Natural Science Outstanding Youth Foundation of Shandong Province (JQ201119), Shandong Provincial Natural Science Foundation (ZR2010AL002, ZR2009AL003), and by Natural Science Foundation of Educational Department of Shandong Province (J11LA01).

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