# Math Help - stable fixed point

1. ## stable fixed point

The map X(n+1) = [X(n)]^3 + a*Xn has a fixed point at the origin. For what
values of a is this fixed point stable?

So stable meaning is will always gradually be along the line of 0?
So would a have to be -[X(n)]^2
?

2. Originally Posted by chrisc
The map X(n+1) = [X(n)]^3 + a*Xn has a fixed point at the origin. For what
values of a is this fixed point stable?

So stable meaning is will always gradually be along the line of 0?
So would a have to be -[X(n)]^2
?

A point is a stable fixed point if when you start near the point all subsequent points are also near the point.

Near zero your difference equation becomes:

$x_{n+1}$= $ax_n$

This is clearly unstable when $|a|>1$. It is also unstable when $a=1$ and stable when $a=-1$ (but to show this you need to look at the sign of the non-linear term), and it is stable if $|a|<1$

CB