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    On mountain pass theorem and its application to periodic solutions of some nonlinear discrete systems

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    We obtain a new quantitative deformation lemma, and then gain a new mountain pass theorem. More precisely, the new mountain pass theorem is independent of the functional value on the boundary of the mountain, which improves the well known results (\cite{AR,PS1,PS2,Qi,Wil}). Moreover, by our new mountain pass theorem, new existence of nontrivial periodic solutions for some nonlinear second-order discrete systems is obtained, which greatly improves the result in \cite{Z04}.Comment: 11 page