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Q6 TUT 5102


Victor Ivrii:
The coefficient matrix contains a parameter $\alpha$.

(a) Determine the eigenvalues in terms of $\alpha$.
(b)  Find the critical value or values of  $\alpha$  where the qualitative nature of the phase portrait for the system changes.
(c) Draw a phase portrait for a value of  $\alpha$ slightly below, and for another value slightly above, each critical value.
$$\mathbf{x}' =\begin{pmatrix}
4 &\alpha\\
8 &-6

Michael Poon:
a) Finding the eigenvalues:

Set the determinant = 0

(4 - \lambda)(-6 - \lambda) - 8\alpha &= 0\\
\lambda^2 + 2\lambda - 24 - 8\alpha &= 0\\
\lambda &= -1 \pm \sqrt{25 + 8\alpha}


Case 1: Eigenvalues real and same sign
when: $\alpha$ > $\frac{-25}{8}$ + 1

Case 2: Eigenvalues real and opposite sign
when: $\frac{-25}{8}$ < $\alpha$ < $\frac{-25}{8} + 1$

Case 3: Eigenvalues complex
when: $\alpha$ < $\frac{-25}{8}$

critical points: $\alpha$ = $\frac{-25}{8}$, $\frac{-25}{8}$ + 1

c) will be posted below:

Michael Poon:
Phase portraits attached below:

Top: Eigenvalues real & same sign (+ve), stable

Middle: Eigenvalues real & opposite sign, saddle

Bottom: Eigenvalues complex & negative, unstable spiral

Jiacheng Ge:
My solution is different.

Victor Ivrii:
When eigenvalues pass from real to complex conjugate, stability does not change. Jiacheng is right


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