First derivative of the period function with applications
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Given a centre of a planar differential system, we extend the use of the Lie bracket to the determination of the monotonicity character of the period function. As far as we know, there are no general methods to study this function, and the use of commutators and Lie bracket was restricted to prove isochronicity. We give several examples and a special method which simplifies the computations when a first integral is known.