A nondifferentiable extension of a theorem of Pucci and Serrin and applications
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We study the multiplicity of critical points for functionals which are only differentiable along some directions. We extend to this class of functionals the three critical point theorem of Pucci and Serrin and we apply it to a one-parameter family of functionals $J_\lambda$, $\lambda \in I\subset \mathbb R$. Under suitable assumptions, we locate an open subinterval of values $\lambda$ in $I$ for which $J_\lambda$ possesses at least three critical points. Applications to quasilinear boundary value problems are also given.