Numerische Mathematik

, Volume 15, Issue 5, pp 433-449

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Linear self-adjoint multipoint boundary value problems and related approximation schemes

  • Joseph W. JeromeAffiliated withDepartment of Mathematics, Northwestern University

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Linear self-adjoint multipoint boundary value problems are investigated. The case of the homogeneous equation is shown to lead to spline solutions, which are then utilized to construct a Green's function for the case of homogeneous boundary conditions. An approximation scheme is described in terms of the eigen-functions of the inverse of the Green's operator and is shown to be optimal in the sense of then-widths of Kolmogorov. Convergence rates are given and generalizations to more general boundary value problems are discussed.