# Questions tagged [finite-difference]

Referring to the discretization of derivatives by Finite differences, and its applications to numerical solutions of partial differential equations.

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### Grid Independent Study

What is the difference Between local time stepping and adaptive time stepping? Is the change in time step necessary for the grid independent study? As there is relation between dt and dx in CFL. In ...
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### Imposing no flux boundary conditions on variants of the Cahn-Hilliard equation using Finite Differences in Python

I have been looking into simulations of phase separation in variants of the Cahn-Hilliard system and have been running into issues with implementing no flux boundary conditions on certain variants. ...
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### Which scheme for inhomogeneous convection-diffusion equation with highly variable coefficients?

I have a 1D convection-diffusion equation $\sigma_t = a(x,t) \sigma_{xx}+b(x,t)\sigma_x+f(x,t)$ defined on the unit interval, with nonzero Neumann boundary conditions at both ends. It should be noted ...
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### Effect on methods like Crank-Nicolson of adding a potential term, changing heat equation to Schrodinger equation

I'm studying up on methods for numerically solving the Schrodinger equation. The Schrodinger equation with a zero potential is formally identical to the heat equation in the sense that we just make ...
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### How is central difference scheme second-order accurate?

In an arbitrarily unstructured mesh, shown in the figure below, in the context of finite volume method, I want to obtain an approximation of $\phi_f$, where $N$ and $P$ are cell centers of adjacent ...
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### Time complexity of numerical finite differences

I have a function $f:\mathbb R^N\to \mathbb R$ and I would like to compute all the partial derivatives of $f$ w.r.t. the $N$ input. What is the computational complexity using the (ones-sided) finite ...
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### What space-time points should a known coefficient function be evaluated at when using the Lax-Friedrichs scheme to solve the transport equation?

For a scalar quantity $u = u(x, t)$, I'm considering the transport equation \begin{align} u_t + au_x &= 0, \qquad{x\in[0, L], \ t\in[0, T]} \\ u(0, t) &= u_{\text{in}}, \\ u(x, 0) &= f(x). ...
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### Spectral solver on em-pic

I'm recently studying for the spectral solver to implement EM-PIC code. I read an article and have some questions. Many PIC codes uses spectral solver to overcome numerical artifacts on FDTD. In the ...
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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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### Numerical errors due to terms of the form $\frac{1}{r}$ (r goes to 0 at the boundary) while using finite difference method

I am trying to solve a system of differential equations using finite difference method. There are few terms of the form $\frac{A(r)}{r}$, both $A(r)$ and r go to zero at the boundary. Analytically ...
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### Are linear, CTCS codes always stable?

I would like to solve some equations which basically look like this $$\frac{\partial u}{\partial x}=F\left(v,\frac{\partial v}{\partial y},\frac{\partial^2 v}{\partial y^2}\right),$$ \frac{\partial ...
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### Solve convection-diffusion equation with a non-linear source term

I would like to solve this equation (which is adapted in my case, a plug flow reactor when a reaction occurs): $\frac{df}{dt} = D \frac{d²f}{dz²} - u \frac{df}{dz} + r(z,t)$ with \$r(z,t)= - k f^{n}...