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# Differential Equations : Phase Lines and Bifurcation Diagrams

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22. (a) Use PhaseLines to investigate the bifurcation diagram for the differential equation
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where a is a parameter. Describe the different types of phase lines that occur.
(b) What are the bifurcation values for the one-parameter family in part (a)?
(c) Use PhaseLines to investigate the bifurcation diagram for the differential equation
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where r is a positive parameter. How does the bifurcation diagram change from the r = 0 case (see part (a))?
(d) Suppose r is negative in the equation in part (c). How does the bifurcation diagram change?

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Attached plots are Figure 1 in 1.jpg and Figure 2 in 2.jpg

(a)
A plot of the RHS ( ay-y^2 ) for a=2 is shown in Figure 1 in BLUE color.
The values y=0 and y = a give equilibrium lines on which y = const.
Since the parabola has a definite negative sign at y^2, the left equilibrium line is always unstable and the right one is always stable, no matter what is the sign of a.
That is trajectories converge to the line y = max(0,a) and diverge ...

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