# The relation between PDE order and discretization order

In Jasak's Ph.D. thesis (2000), a notion is given about discretization of a transport equation: For good accuracy, it is necessary for the order of the discretization to be equal to or higher than the order of the equation that is being discretized.
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Why?

• How do you define good accuracy? How much accuracy is good? It's a pretty bad idea to use good or bad for something that could be measured quantitatively. Apr 20, 2020 at 16:24
• Putting away the definition of good accuracy, does PDE order dictate any requirement or optimum choice for discretization order? Apr 20, 2020 at 18:33
• No. I see no connection between the two. Apr 20, 2020 at 20:39
• If you were doing FEM, say for the Poisson problem, you wouldn't want to use DG0 space discretization because the corresponding bilinear form $-\left<\{Q\nabla u\cdot\hat{n}\},[v]\right> + \sigma \left<[u],\{Q\nabla v\cdot\hat{n}\}\right> + \kappa \left<\{h^{-1}Q\}[u],[v]\right>$ would be all zeros except for the contribution from the penalty term $\kappa \left<\{h^{-1}Q\}[u],[v]\right>$. Still there is nothing wrong with it as far as I know, just doesn't feel good. Apr 21, 2020 at 14:58
• @AbdullahAliSivas, How if I do FVM? Can a similar argument be applied there? Apr 22, 2020 at 20:06