Some simple DiffEQ problems.
The differential equation dx/dt = (1/10)*x*(10-x)-h models a logistic population with with harvesting at a rate h. Determine the dependence of the critical points on the paramater h, and then construct a bifurcation diagram.
Consider the differential equation dx/dt = kx-x^3. (a) If k<=0, show that the only critical value c=0 of x is stable. (b) If k>0, show that the critical point c=0 is now unstable, but that the critical points c= +/- sqrt(k) are stable. Thus the qualitative nature of the solutions changes at k=0 as the parameter k increases, and so k=0 is a bifurcation point for the differential equation with parameter k. The plot of all points of the form (k,c) where c is a critical point of the equation is the "pitchfork diagram" (here the book shows a c vs. k plot of a parabola that opens to the right)