Advances in Difference Equations
Volume 2008 (2008), Article ID 143723, 6 pages
Research Article

The Periodic Character of the Difference Equation xn+1=f(xnl+1,xn2k+1)

Taixiang Sun1 and Hongjian Xi2

1Department of Mathematics, College of Mathematics and Information Science, Guangxi University, Nanning 530004, Guangxi, China
2Department of Mathematics, Guangxi College of Finance and Economics, Nanning 530003, Guangxi, China

Received 3 February 2007; Revised 18 September 2007; Accepted 27 November 2007

Academic Editor: H. Bevan Thompson

Copyright © 2008 Taixiang Sun and Hongjian Xi. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


In this paper, we consider the nonlinear difference equation xn+1=f(xnl+1,xn2k+1), n=0,1,, where k,l{1,2,} with 2kl and gcd(2k,l)=1 and the initial values xα,xα+1,,x0(0,+) with α=max{l1,2k1}. We give sufficient conditions under which every positive solution of this equation converges to a ( not necessarily prime ) 2-periodic solution, which extends and includes corresponding results obtained in the recent literature.