Quarterly of Applied Mathematics

Quarterly of Applied Mathematics

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On some questions arising in the approximate solution of nonlinear differential equations

Authors: R. Bellman and J. M. Richardson
Journal: Quart. Appl. Math. 20 (1963), 333-339
MSC: Primary 65.61
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1090/qam/144472
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Abstract: A new approach to the approximate solution of nonlinear differential equations is explored. The basic idea is to rewrite the nonlinear equations in the form of an infinite sequence of coupled linear equations by application of the Carleman linearization process. The sequence is truncated at a finite stage by a linear closure approximation involving the minimization of the mean square error. Attention is given to the stability of the truncated sequence of linear equations with respect to propagation of error due to closure back to the earlier members of the sequence. The use of suitably defined orthogonal polynomials to simplify closure approximations is considered. The generalization of the general method to the multidimensional case is treated. Consideration is given to the concept of self-consistent closure methods in which the averaging of the squared closure error depends upon the approximate linear equations derived thereby. A specific example of the last is treated analytically in closed form and a numerical comparison is made with the exact solution.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1090/qam/144472
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