AMApplied Mathematics2152-7385Scientific Research Publishing10.4236/am.2015.612184AM-61487ArticlesPhysics&Mathematics On the Approximate Solution of Fractional Logistic Differential Equation Using Operational Matrices of Bernstein Polynomials .F. Al-Bar1Department of Mathematics, Faculty of Science, Umm Al-Qura University, Makkah, Saudi Arabia* E-mail:0911201506122096210331 August 2015accepted 23 November 26 November 2015© Copyright 2014 by authors and Scientific Research Publishing Inc. 2014This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution International License (CC BY). http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

In this paper, operational matrices of Bernstein polynomials (BPs) are presented for solving the non-linear fractional Logistic differential equation (FLDE). The fractional derivative is described in the Riemann-Liouville sense. The operational matrices for the fractional integration in the Riemann-Liouville sense and the product are used to reduce FLDE to the solution of non-linear system of algebraic equations using Newton iteration method. Numerical results are introduced to satisfy the accuracy and the applicability of the proposed method.

Fractional Logistic Equation Riemann-Liouville Fractional Derivatives Riemann-Liouville Fractional Integral Operational Matrix Bernstein Polynomials
1. Introduction

It is well-known that the fractional differential equations (FDEs) have been the focus of many studies due to their frequent appearance in various applications, such as in fluid mechanics, viscoelasticity, biology, physics and engineering applications, for more details see for example (  ). Consequently, considerable attention has been given to the efficient numerical solutions of FDEs of physical interest, because it is difficult to find exact solutions. Different numerical methods have been proposed in the literature for solving FDEs (  -  ). Recently, several numerical and approximate methods to solve FDEs have been given, such as variational iteration method  , homotopy perturbation method  and collocation method ( - ).

The fractional Logistic model can obtain by applying the fractional derivative operator on the Logistic equation. The model is initially published by Pierre Verhulst in 1838 (   ). The continuous Logistic model is described by first order ordinary differential equation. The discrete Logistic model is simple iterative equation that reveals the chaotic property in certain regions  . There are many variations of the population modeling  . The Verhulst model is the classic example to illustrate the periodic doubling and chaotic behavior in dynamical system  . The model is described the population growth may be limited by certain factors like population density (   ).

The solution of Logistic equation explains the constant population growth rate which does not include the limitation on food supply or spread of diseases  . The solution curve of the model increases exponentially from

the multiplication factor up to saturation limit which is maximum carrying capacity  ,

where N is the population with respect to time, is the rate of maximum population growth and K is the carrying capacity. The solution of continuous Logistic equation is in the form of constant growth rate as in formula where is the initial population  .

the parameter refers to the fractional order derivative

We also assume an initial condition

The exact solution to this problem at, is

The existence and the uniqueness of the proposed problem (1) are introduced in details in (   ).

Khader and Hendy  introduced a new approximate formula of the fractional derivative using Legendre series expansion and used it to solve numerically the fractional delay equation. In this article, we extended this work to study the numerical solution of the non-linear FLDE. An approximate formula of the fractional derivative is presented. Special attention is given to study the convergence analysis and estimate an upper bound of the error of the introduced formula.

2. Preliminaries and Notations

In this section, we present some necessary definitions and mathematical preliminaries of the fractional calculus theory and the Bernstein polynomials that will be required in the present paper.

The Fractional Integral and Derivative Operators

We present some necessary definitions and mathematical preliminaries of the fractional calculus theory that will be required in the present paper.

Definition 1.

The Riemann-Liouville fractional integral operator of order is defined on in the following form

Definition 2.

The Riemann-Liouville fractional derivative operator of order is defined in the following form

Definition 3.

The Caputo fractional derivative operator of order is defined in the following form

Similar to integer-order differentiation, Caputo fractional derivative operator is a linear operation

where and are constants. For the Caputo’s derivative we have 

We use the ceiling function to denote the smallest integer greater than or equal to, and. Recall that for, the Caputo differential operator coincides with the usual differential operator of integer order.

For more details on fractional derivatives definitions and its properties see (   ).

Lemma 1.

If and, then

3. Bernstein Polynomials and Their Properties

Definition 4.

The Bernstein polynomials of degree n are defined on the interval as 

where is a binomial coefficient. The first few Bernstein basis polynomials are:

The Bernstein polynomials have the following properties

1) if or;

2) and where is the Kronecker delta function;

3) for;

4);

5) They satisfy symmetry

6)

7),.

Since the set in Hilbert space is a complete basis, so, we can write any polynomial

of degree m in terms of linear combination of as in the following form

We can write, where A is an upper triangular matrix,

. For more details about the definition, properties and the convergence analysis of

Bernstein polynomials  .

4. BPs Operational Matrix of Riemann-Liouville Fractional Integration

Theorem 1. 

The Bernstein polynomials operational matrix from order for the Riemann-Liouville fractional integral is defined as follows

Definition 5.

We can define the dual matrix on the basis of Bernstein polynomials of mth degree as follows

where

Lemma 2. 

Let be a Hilbert space with the inner product and. Then,

we can find the unique vector such that is the best approximation of

from space. Moreover, one can get such that

.

Definition 6.

Let be a continuous function on the interval. Then we can approximate it in the following polynomial in Bernstein form of degree n

It can be shown that is uniformly convergent on the interval,

Theorem 2.

Given a function and any, there exists an integer N such that

The Bernstein polynomials operational matrix are used for solving many class of fractional differential equations, they used to solve numerically the fractional heat-and wave-like equations  and the multi-term orders fractional differential equations  and others  .

5. Implementation of Bernstein Polynomials Operational Matrix for Solving FLDE

In this section, we introduce a numerical algorithm using Bernstein polynomials operational matrix method for solving the fractional Logistic differential equation of the form (1).

The proposed technique will apply as in the following steps:

1) We use the initial condition (2) to reduce the given problem (1) to a problem with zero initial condition. So, we define

where is some known function that satisfied the initial condition (2) and is a new unknown function.

2) Substituting (17) in (1) and (2), we have an initial-value problem as follows

where and subject to the initial condition

3) Using (10) in Lemma 1 we can write

4) Using Lemma 3.3 in  , the inputs and can be approximated as follows

where P and Q are known column vectors and C is an unknown column vector.

5) From (9), (13), (19), (20) and (21), we have

where.

6) By substituting (21) and (22) into (18), we obtain

7) Then, from Lemma 3.5 in  we have

Therefore we can reduce (23) by (24)-(26) as

We obtain the following non-linear system of algebraic equations

8) By solving this system we can obtain the vector C. Then, we can get

The numerical results of the proposed problem (1) are given in Figure 1 and Figure 2 with different values of in the interval with and. Where in Figure 1, we presented a comparison between the behavior of the exact solution and the approximate solution using the introduced technique at (left), and the behavior of the approximate solution using the proposed method at (right). But, in Figure 2 we presented the behavior of the approximate solution with different values of ((left) and (right)).

From these figures we can conclude that the obtained numerical solutions are in excellent agreement with the exact solution.

6. Conclusion and Remarks

In this article, we used operational matrices of the Riemann-Liouville fractional integral and the product by Bernstein polynomials for solving the fractional Logistic differential equation. The properties of these operational