Parabolic Partial Differential Equations

  • Pavel B. Bochev
  • Max D. Gunzburger
Part of the Applied Mathematical Sciences book series (AMS, volume 166)

Evolution problems arise in all areas of science and engineering applications. Many evolution processes are dissipative in nature and can be modeled by parabolic partial differential equations (PDEs). Parabolic PDEs possess mathematical properties that have had a profound impact on the design of numerical methods for their approximate solution. Most notably, the cylindrical nature of the space–time domain has naturally led to discretizations by finite element methods in space and finite difference methods in time. As a rule, such separated discretizations lead to marching schemes, i.e., methods for which the approximate solution is obtained one time level at a time, requiring the solution of an elliptic PDE at each time level.


Element Space Velocity Boundary Condition Parabolic Partial Differential Equation Optimal Error Estimate Parabolic PDEs 
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© Springer-Verlag New York 2009

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Sandia National LaboratoriesApplied Mathematics and Applications MS 1320AlbuquerqueUSA
  2. 2.Florida State UniversityDepartment of Scientific ComputingTallahasseeUSA

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