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### Smoothly connecting PDEs with finite differences

A PDE with non-smooth inhomogeneity Let $\mathcal{L}$ be a second-order, linear, elliptic differential operator acting on $\mathcal{C}^2([0,2]^2)$. I'm numerically solving the inhomogeneous PDE \begin{...
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### Finding numerical solution for nonlinear Poisson-like equation using finite difference method

I am trying to use finite difference method to solve for $u(x,t)$ in the equation: \begin{align} \frac{\partial^2u}{\partial x^2} = \frac{au}{1+bu}, \end{align} which is actually part of a system of ...
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### Review paper/book on Finite Difference Methods for PDEs

I am looking for a good, relatively modern, review paper/book on Finite Difference Methods for PDEs with a theoretical emphasis in mind. By theoretical emphasis I mean that I care about theorems (i.e. ...
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### What does the Von Neumann's stability analysis tell us about non-linear finite difference equations?

I've asked this question on computation science stackexchange, but it did not receive any answers so I have decided to ask it here as well. I am reading a paper  where they solve the following non-...
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### Numerically calculating the divergence of a set of oriented points

Say I have a set of oriented points at locations $\vec{v_i}$ with each some direction $\vec{n_i}$, in practice they represent a surface with its normals. How would I calculate the divergence of this ...
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### Derivative in terms of finite differences

Consider expanding the differentiation operator in terms of the forward difference operator as $f' = \log(1 + \Delta)f = \displaystyle \sum_{n = 1}^{\infty} \frac{(-1)^{n + 1}\Delta^n f}{n}$. For some ...
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### 9-point stencil “equivalent” for advection equation [closed]

So I inherited from some people a code that solves the advection-diffusion-reaction equation for a particular system. The original code was first implemented in 1D which worked fine in cartesian ...
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### Who is currently researching topics concerning applying algebraic topology and/or differential geometry to numerical methods? [closed]

I am interested in pursuing a PhD in mathematics from a top ranked university with a faculty member researching something akin to the following description: applications of algebraic topology and/or ...
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### Heat equation with heterogeneous heat conduction

I'm trying to discretize and a heat conduction/diffusion problem using finite differences and I was wondering how to use a discrete heat conduction coefficient defined per cell (instead of per vertex)....
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### Limits of functions with converging zeros

What can one say about the derivatives of a smooth function of several variables that is a limit of smooth functions with converging zeros? More precisely, suppose that $f_i: R^n \to R^m$ is a ...
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### Proof that Newton expansion over derivatives has the properties of an integral [duplicate]

Let's consider a Newton expansion over consecutive derivatives of a function: $$F(x)=\sum_{m=0}^{\infty} \binom {-1}m \sum_{k=0}^m\binom mk(-1)^{m-k}f^{(k)}(x)$$ Can it be proven that such ...
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### How many sequences of rational squares are there, all of whose differences are also rational squares?

After commenting on a question of Joseph O'Rourke's, I thought it interesting that a number theory result (artihmetic progressions of rational squares cannot be arbitrarily long) had applications to ...
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### Are these two functions equal?

The question here is sparked by the discussion inside this question about indefinite sum(antidifference) of tan(x). A proposed solution was a function f_1(x)=ix-\psi _{e^{2 i}}^{(0)}\left(x+\frac{\...
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### What is the indefinite sum of tan(x)?

What is the indefinite sum of the tangent function, that is, the function $T$ for which $\Delta_x T = T(x + 1) - T(x) = \tan(x)$ Of course, there are infinitely many answers, who all differ by a ...