# Preface

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for students taking Applied Math 0330. It is primarily for students who
have very little experience or have never used
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# Numerical Solutions

The order of a numerical method used in

**NDSolve**is a variable. Based on [[make brown]]What's inside InterpolatingFunction[{{1., 4.}}, <>]?,[[end brown]] the following shows the order at each step. Note that the first few steps are

**NDSolve**getting its bearings before the first Adams steps (order 4). With InterpolationOrder -> All, the solution is returned with local series for the Adams steps. Their length should be one more than the order of the step, I think. The documentation says it should be the "same order as the underlying method used."

Example. let use Adams method to solve numerically the following initial value problem

Method -> "Adams", InterpolationOrder -> All];

adamsifn = x /. First@adamssol

(*ifn[[4]]= local series coefficients*)

Transpose@{Flatten@adamsifn["Grid"],

Rescale[#, MinMax[#], {0, 12}] &@adamsifn["ValuesOnGrid"]}}, Joined -> {False, True},

Frame -> True, FrameLabel -> {"t", "order"}, FrameTicks -> {Automatic, Range@12},

GridLines -> {None, Automatic}, PlotStyle -> {Thick, Red}]

# 1.4.7. Numerical Solutions of Second Order ODEs

Example 1.4.3:

Rayleigh's equation is a non-linear equation

\[ x'' + \mu \left( x^2 -1\right) x +x =0 , \]

that arises in the study of the motion of a violin string. We plot three solutions subject to three different initial conditions:

x'[0] == 0}, x[t], {t, 0, 15}]

Plot[Evaluate[x[t] /. {numsol, numsol2, numsol3}], {t, 0, 15},

PlotStyle -> {GrayLevel[0.1], Dashed, Thick}]

To identify each graph, it is helpful to use **PlotLegend** option:

PlotLegends -> Automatic]

PlotLegends -> {"IC: x(0)=1, x'(0)=0", "IC: x(0)=0.1, x'(0)=0", "IC: x(0)=0, x'(0)=2"}]

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