A Fourth-Order Accurate Difference Scheme for a Differential Equation with Variable Coefficients
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A compact difference scheme on a three-point stencil for an unknown function is proposed. The scheme approximates a second-order linear differential equation with a variable smooth coefficient. Our numerical experiment confirms the fourth order of accuracy of the solution of the difference scheme and of the approximation of the eigenvalues of the boundary problem. The difference operator is almost self-adjoint and its spectrum is real. Richardson extrapolation helps to increase the order of accuracy.
Keywordscompact difference scheme divergent scheme test functions self-conjugacy
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