# Questions tagged [stability]

The study of the propagation of errors in a numerical algorithm.

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### Adjusting Keplerian orbits for thrust with numerical stability

I'm writing a mod for a game that models orbital physics (Kerbal Space Program, or KSP). I'm attempting to model the effects of thrust on spacecraft in certain states where the game only models them ...
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### How does constraint resolution affect the stability/accuracy of numerical integration?

I understand some basic analysis techniques (local truncation error, global error, zero-stable, absolute stable, etc.) of numerical integration. But I find it hard to apply these techniques in ...
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### Puzzling remark about stability region of fifth-order Runge-Kutta method

I came across a puzzling remark in the paper P. J. van der Houwen, The development of Runge-Kutta methods for partial differential equations, Appl. Num. Math. 20:261, 1996 On lines 8ff on page 264, ...
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### Lax-Richtmyer stability analysis

I would like to get to know more in details about Lax-Richtmyer stability analysis (esp in examples), but I didn't manage to find anything except a definition. Could you advice any sources for this ...
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### Finite Difference Method Stability

The diffusion equation is: $\frac{\partial T}{\partial t} = \alpha \left( \frac{\partial^2 T}{\partial x^2} \right)$ An explicit finite difference approach can be used to solve this, forward in ...
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### Error analysis and the Model Problem [closed]

In numerical methods for ODE's, the model problem y' = cy where c is complex is regarded as sufficient in performing error analysis for different methods in ...
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### Caculating the mean of vector accurately

I am having trouble with calculating a mean of vector with sufficient accuracy. My current solution which works but it quite slow and has unpredictable performance: mean_sum = mean = math.fsum(values)...
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### Stability of numerical method for 1D Burger's equation

I am trying to solve 1D viscous Burger's equation numerically and I cannot apply von Neumann analysis because the equation is non-linear. How do I predict the stability criteria for my system? I also ...
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### Numerical instability of spherical pendulum

Problem statement I am trying to simulate a spherical pendulum, with rod length $r$ south-polar angle $\theta$ and azimuthal angle $\phi$ initial values $(\theta_0,\phi_0)= (0,0)$ My particular ...
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### Solution oscillations with a small timestep in backward Euler

I am using backward Euler in a FEM scheme for a convection-diffusion problem. On a given mesh, I can take arbitrarily large time steps, as expected. But if I decrease time step, at some point it will ...
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### Where can I find a good reference for the stability properties of several methods of solving parabolic PDEs?

Right now I have a code that uses the Crank-Nicholson algorithm, but I think that I would like to move to a higher-order algorithm for timestepping. I know that the Crank-Nicholson algorithm is stable ...