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Title:Piecewise polynomials and partition method for ordinary differential equations
Author(s):Langhaar, Henry L.; Chu, S.C.
Subject(s):Piecewise Polynomials
Partition Method
Ordinary Differential Equations
Abstract:The distinctive mathematical feature of the flexible finite-element method is the use of piecewise analytic approximations. The region under consideration is partitioned into cells somewhat arbitrarily and, in each cell, simple approximating functions are chosen—usually polynomials of a low degree. Some continuity conditions are imposed at the boundaries of the cells, but ordinarily the derivatives above the first order are not required to be continuous. Various methods, such as collocation, least squares, and orthogonality are available for liquidating residuals, but, so far, matrix formulations derivable from energy principles have been used. Implicitly, this is the Rayleigh-Ritz method. In this investigation, the piecewise polynomial approximation is applied to ordinary differential equations. A method of sub-partitioning is used to liquidate residuals. The procedure appears to be competitive with the finite-difference method.
Issue Date:1967-09
Publisher:Department of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics. College of Engineering. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Series/Report:TAM R 301
1967-0715
Genre:Technical Report
Type:Text
Language:English
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/2142/112024
ISSN:0073-5264
Sponsor:National Science Foundation Grant NSF GK 604
Rights Information:Copyright 1967 Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois
Date Available in IDEALS:2021-11-04


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