Functional Difference Equations

  • Youssef N. Raffoul


In this chapter we consider functional difference equations that we apply to all types of Volterra difference equations. Our general theorems will require the construction of suitable Lyapunov functionals, a task that is difficult but possible. As we have seen in Chapter  1, the concept of resolvent can only apply to linear Volterra difference systems. The theorems on functional difference equations will enable us to qualitatively analyze the theory of boundedness, uniform ultimate boundedness, and stability of solutions of vectors and scalar s Volterra difference equations. We extend and prove parallel theorems regarding functional difference equations with finite or infinite delay, and provide many applications. In addition, we will point out the need of more research in delay difference equations. In the second part of the chapter, we state and prove theorems that guide us on how to systematically construct suitable Lyapunov functionals for a specific nonlinear Volterra difference equation. We end the chapter with open problems. Most of the results of this chapter can be found in [37, 38, 128, 133, 135, 141, 147, 181], and [182].


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  • Youssef N. Raffoul
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  1. 1.Department of MathematicsUniversity of DaytonDaytonUSA

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