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Getting good results with NDSolve?

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  • Subject: [mg62902] Getting good results with NDSolve?
  • From: pantagruel123 at aol.com
  • Date: Thu, 8 Dec 2005 00:04:37 -0500 (EST)
  • Sender: owner-wri-mathgroup at wolfram.com

 
Hi, I'm experimenting with NDSolve, not being an expert with differential equations.  I'm getting some results, but it seems like I'm getting too much precision where I don't need it, and not enough where I do.  I'm wondering if playing with the options would be something worth trying.  Also it takes a really long time to compute what I've been told should take seconds with a C++ routine. 
 
If I want to solve a PDE of three variables (t,x,y) on the region {0,1}^3, how can I tell NDSolve to have, say a resolution of N x N points for (x,y) and a resolution of M for t?  I find that if I just reduce the max points for t, then NDSolve quits before gets to the end of the interval.  Maybe there is a way to tell NDSolve to trash some intermediate results and just keep every Mth point?
 
The equation i'm using is  dg/dt = Norm(Grad g) * Laplacian(Grad g / Norm (Grad g))
where we're looking for g(t,x,y), and the right-hand derivatives are taken only with respect to x and y.  My initial value g(0,x,y) had been generated from a ListInterpolation--I'm guessing this is the best way to use a bitmap as the inital value.  
 
Regards,
 
Christopher Arthur



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