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International Journal of Mathematics and Mathematical Sciences
Volume 30, Issue 1, Pages 25-29

Boundedness and monotonicity of principal eigenvalues for boundary value problems with indefinite weight functions

Department of Mathematics, Faculty of Basic Sciences, Mazandaran University, Babolsar, Iran

Received 24 June 2001

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We study the principal eigenvalues (i.e., eigenvalues corresponding to positive eigenfunctions) for the boundary value problem: Δu(x)=λg(x)u(x), xD;(u/n)(x)+αu(x)=0, xD, where Δ is the standard Laplace operator, D is a bounded domain with smooth boundary, g:D is a smooth function which changes sign on D and α. We discuss the relation between α and the principal eigenvalues.