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    predator prey model

    How can you find the critical points of the a predator prey model and solve the linear comparisonsystem corresponding to each critical point?

    Then sketch thetrajectories in the vicinity of each?
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    Presumably, the predator-prey model has an equation that models a relationship. Without that, you can't do anything.
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    yer can use
    x' = 5x − xy, y' = −2y + 3xy.
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    Given a function f(x,y), the critical points occur at \frac{df}{dx} = 0, \frac{df}{dy} = 0. Using your notation, this is where x' = 0 and y' = 0. So you have to solve that system of equations to find the critical points.
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    so you sub these in and them find out x and y to be
    x=2/3 and y=5?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ardam View Post
    so you sub these in and them find out x and y to be
    x=2/3 and y=5?
    That is correct. The one critical point is (2/3, 5).
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    Quote Originally Posted by icemanfan View Post
    That is correct. The one critical point is (2/3, 5).
    so there is only one?

    so how can i Solve the linear comparison?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ardam View Post
    so there is only one?

    so how can i Solve the linear comparison?
    Yes, there is only one critical point, which is the one you found. I'm afraid I don't know what "solving the linear comparison" refers to. The tangent plane to the surface z(x, y) at that point is going to be z = c for some constant c, because the surface is flat at a critical point. I don't know what else to say about it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by icemanfan View Post
    Yes, there is only one critical point, which is the one you found. I'm afraid I don't know what "solving the linear comparison" refers to. The tangent plane to the surface z(x, y) at that point is going to be z = c for some constant c, because the surface is flat at a critical point. I don't know what else to say about it.
    it means to determine a relationship
    between x and y (or between u and v for translated critical points).
    Determine the type and stability of each critical point, and sketch the
    trajectories in the vicinity of each.

    Which im not too sure about
    Its probably obvious
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