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- Can we still show a unique critical point if we change one variable?

The plane autonomous system $$x' = -ax + xy\\y' = 1 - by - x^2$$ has a unique critical point when ##ab>1##

Since if we set x' = 0, then either x=0 or y=a

If y=a, then for y' = 0: ##1 - ab - x^2= 0## , but if ##ab>1## this leads to ##x^2<0## which has no solutions and thus ##y\ne a##

The only option left is to let x=0 so that ##y' = 1-by = 0##, so ##y=1/b##

Therefore ##(0 , 1/b)## is a unique critical point of the given plane autonomous system.

This is pretty straightforward, but consider instead a similar system with a slight difference: $$x' = -ax + xy\\y' = 1 - bx - x^2$$

How can you do the same process as above and show that this system has a unique critical point when ##ab>1##?

We had the second one on a test the other day and I couldn't get anywhere with it. I thought I recognized the question because the first

system is from the text-book and I suspect that the teacher intended to use the first system but mispelled y for x.

Though, I am reluctant to say anything to the teacher because I don't want to look silly, he could have switched the y and x intentionally

and it's just me that can't show what the unique critical point is. I tried and tried but couldn't show anything.

So, is it me or the teacher? I want to be sure before I point this out to him. Can it be shown that the second system has a unique critical point?

Since if we set x' = 0, then either x=0 or y=a

If y=a, then for y' = 0: ##1 - ab - x^2= 0## , but if ##ab>1## this leads to ##x^2<0## which has no solutions and thus ##y\ne a##

The only option left is to let x=0 so that ##y' = 1-by = 0##, so ##y=1/b##

Therefore ##(0 , 1/b)## is a unique critical point of the given plane autonomous system.

This is pretty straightforward, but consider instead a similar system with a slight difference: $$x' = -ax + xy\\y' = 1 - bx - x^2$$

How can you do the same process as above and show that this system has a unique critical point when ##ab>1##?

We had the second one on a test the other day and I couldn't get anywhere with it. I thought I recognized the question because the first

system is from the text-book and I suspect that the teacher intended to use the first system but mispelled y for x.

Though, I am reluctant to say anything to the teacher because I don't want to look silly, he could have switched the y and x intentionally

and it's just me that can't show what the unique critical point is. I tried and tried but couldn't show anything.

So, is it me or the teacher? I want to be sure before I point this out to him. Can it be shown that the second system has a unique critical point?

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