(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); 1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

Consider the following set of differential equations:

[tex]\begin{eqnarray*}

\dot{u} & = & b(v-u)(\alpha+u^2)-u \\

\dot{v} & = & c-u

\end{eqnarray*}[/tex]

The parameters [itex]b \gg 1[/itex] and [itex]\alpha \ll 1[/itex] are fixed, with [itex]8\alpha b < 1[/itex]. Show that the system exhibits relaxation oscillations for [itex]c_1 < c < c_2[/itex] where [itex]c_1,c_2[/itex] are to be determined, and is excitable for c slightly less than c_{1}.

2. Relevant equations

3. The attempt at a solution

There aren't a lot of good resources online for this sort of thing. If it helps, the linear stability matrix for this is

[tex]\left(\begin{array}{cc}-1-b(a+c^2)+2bc(-c+\frac{c+abc+bc^3}{b(a+c^2)}) & b(a+c^2) \\ -1 & 0\end{array}\right)[/tex]

You can get the eigenvalues and such from that, but I'm not sure how they help. Can anyone explain what sort of difference I should be looking for? Thank you so much for your help!

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# Homework Help: What is the difference between an excitable system and a relaxation oscillator?

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