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International Journal of Mathematics and Mathematical Sciences
Volume 11 (1988), Issue 2, Pages 267-274

Optimality and existence for Lipschitz equations

Department of Algebra, Combinatorics & Analysis, Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama 36849, USA

Received 5 January 1987; Revised 28 July 1987

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Solutions of certain boundary value problems are shown to exist for the nth order differential equation y(n)=f(t,y,y,,y(n1)), where f is continuous on a slab (a,b)×Rn and f satisfies a Lipschitz condition on the slab. Optimal length subintervals of (a,b) are determined, in terms of the Lipschitz coefficients, on which there exist unique solutions.