Journal of Applied Mathematics
Volume 2012 (2012), Article ID 171205, 8 pages
Research Article

Lie and Riccati Linearization of a Class of Liénard Type Equations

1Department of Mathematics, Eastern University, Chenkalady 30350, Sri Lanka
2International Institute for Symmetry Analysis and Mathematical Modelling, Department of Mathematical Sciences, North-West University, Mafikeng Campus, Private Bag X 2046, Mmabatho 2735, South Africa
3Centre for Differential Equations, Continuum Mechanics and Applications, School of Computational and Applied Mathematics, University of the Witwatersrand, Wits 2050, South Africa

Received 29 August 2012; Accepted 8 November 2012

Academic Editor: Asghar Qadir

Copyright © 2012 A. G. Johnpillai et al. 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.


We construct a linearizing Riccati transformation by using an ansatz and a linearizing point transformation utilizing the Lie point symmetry generators for a three-parameter class of Liénard type nonlinear second-order ordinary differential equations. Since the class of equations also admits an eight-parameter Lie group of point transformations, we utilize the Lie-Tresse linearization theorem to obtain linearizing point transformations as well. The linearizing transformations are used to transform the underlying class of equations to linear third- and second-order ordinary differential equations, respectively. The general solution of this class of equations can then easily be obtained by integrating the linearized equations resulting from both of the linearization approaches. A comparison of the results deduced in this paper is made with the ones obtained by utilizing an approach of mapping the class of equations by a complex point transformation into the free particle equation. Moreover, we utilize the linearizing Riccati transformation to extend the underlying class of equations, and the Lie-Tresse linearization theorem is also used to verify the conditions of linearizability of this new class of equations.