By Hans Petter Langtangen

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382E-02 We observe that reducing t by a factor of 10 increases the accuracy for all three methods. We also see that the combination of  D 0:5 and a small time step t D 0:04 gives a much more accurate solution, and that  D 0 and  D 1 with t D 0:4 result in the least accurate solutions. 7 demonstrates that the numerical solution produced by the Forward Euler method with t D 0:4 clearly lies below the exact curve, but that the accuracy improves considerably by reducing the time step by a factor of 10.

The real error at a point, however, depends on the error development over all previous time steps. tn /, is known as the global error. We may look at un for some n and Taylor expand the mathematical expressions as functions of p D a t to get a simple expression for the global error (for small p). series(p, 0, 4) + (1/3)*n*p**3 + O(p**4) + (1/3)*n*p**3 + O(p**4) Note that sympy does not sort the polynomial terms in the output, so p 3 appears before p 2 in the output of BE. For a fixed time t, the parameter n in these expressions increases as p !

Nt-1 u[n+1] = (1 - (1-theta)*a*dt)/(1 + theta*dt*a)*u[n] return u, t The numpy library contains a lot of functions for array computing. Most of the function names are similar to what is found in the alternative scientific computing language MATLAB. org/wiki/A_Beginner’s_Python_Tutorial 3 18 1 Algorithms and Implementations linspace(0, T, Nt+1) for creating an array with Nt+1 coordinates uniformly distributed between 0 and T The for loop deserves a comment, especially for newcomers to Python. The construction range(0, Nt, s) generates all integers from 0 to Nt in steps of s, but not including Nt.

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