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See, in particular, Finerty [127]. Also called varying hares. They have large, heavily furred hind feet and a coat that is brown in summer and white in winter. 8 0 5 10 time 15 20 Fig. 2. Lotka-Volterra model. Scaled predator and prey populations as functions of scaled time. live successfully without the snowshoe hare. This dependence is reﬂected in the variation of lynx numbers, which closely follows the cyclic peaks of abundance of the hare, usually lagging a year behind. 9 In this particular case, however, the understanding of the coupled periodic variations of predator and prey populations seems to require a more elaborate model.

1. The rate of change in the susceptible population is proportional to the number of contacts between susceptible and infective individuals, where the number of contacts is taken to be proportional to the product of the numbers S and I of, respectively, susceptible and infective individuals. The model ignores incubation periods. 2. Infective individuals are removed at a rate proportional to their number I. 3. 5) where i and r are positive constants representing infection and the removal rates. From the ﬁrst equation, it is clear that S is a nonincreasing function, whereas the second equation implies that I(t) increases with t, if S(t) > r/i, and decreases otherwise.

Sin βj t cos βj t For a simple and rigorous treatment of linear diﬀerential systems, see Hirsch and Smale [171]. If a1 , a2 , . . , an are n independent vectors of Rn , the matrix [a1 , a2 , . . , an ] denotes the matrix a11 a21 · · · an1 a12 a22 · · · an2 · · · · · · · · · · · · .