# Questions tagged [discretization]

The process of representing a continuum space with a finite set of points/elements

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### Is Crank-Nicolson a stable discretization scheme for Reaction-Diffusion-Advection (convection) equation?

I am not very familiar with the common discretization schemes for PDEs. I know that Crank-Nicolson is popular scheme for discretizing the diffusion equation. Is also a good choice for the advection ...
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### Why is the time dimension special?

Generally speaking, I've heard numerical analysts utter the opinion that "Of course, mathematically speaking, time is just another dimension, but still, time is special" How to justify this? In ...
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### How can I numerically differentiate an unevenly sampled function?

Standard finite difference formulas are usable to numerically compute a derivative under the expectation that you have function values $f(x_k)$ at evenly spaced points, so that $h \equiv x_{k+1} - x_k$...
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### Oscillations in singularly perturbed reaction-diffusion problems with finite elements

When FEM-discretizing and solving a reaction-diffusion problem, e.g., $$- \varepsilon \Delta u + u = 1 \text{ on } \Omega\\ u = 0 \text{ on } \partial\Omega$$ with $0 < \varepsilon \ll 1$ (...
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### How should non-constant coefficients be treated with finite-volume first order upwind scheme?

Starting with the advection equation in conservation form. $$u_t = (a(x)u)_x$$ where $a(x)$ is a velocity which depend on space, and $u$ is a concentration of a species which is conserved. ...
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### Space-time finite element discretization for time-dependent PDEs

In FEM literature, semi-variational methods are typically used in the solution of time-dependent PDEs. I have not seen a fully-variational approach i.e. where space and time are discretised by FEM, ...
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### Peculiar error when solving the Poisson equation on a non-uniform mesh (1D only) finite volume method

I have been trying to debug this error the last few days I wondered if anybody has advice on how to proceed. I am solving the Poisson equation for a step charge distribution (a common problem in ...
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### Is there one general approach to build a projection methods for different problems?

My question is probably going to be too general to answer it with a couple words. Could you please suggest a good reading in that case. Projection methods are used to reduce size of the solution space ...