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A space-only spectral discretization reduces the original partial differential equation to a set of ordinary differential equations in time, which can then be integrated by one’s favorite Runge-Kutta or other ODE time-marching scheme. 28) with the boundary conditions that the solution must be periodic with a period of 2π. 29) n=1 where the cen (x) and sen (x) are transcendental functions known as Mathieu functions and the λn and µn are the corresponding eigenvalues. The coefficients an (0) and bn (0) are the values of the coefficients of the Mathieu function series for u(x) at t = 0.

Supergeometric” convergence can then be graphically defined as coefficients whose curve develops a more and more negative slope (rather than a constant slope) on a log-linear graph. 5: log | an | versus n for four rates of convergence. Circles: algebraic convergence, such as an ∼ 1/n2 . 5 n2/3 ). Solid: geometric convergence, such as exp(−µ n) for any positive µ. Pluses: supergeometric, such as an ∼ exp(−n log(n) ) or faster decay. CHAPTER 2. 6: Same as previous figure except that the graph is log-log: the degree of the spectral coefficient n is now plotted on a logarithmic scale, too.

2) are also changed from [−π, π] to [0, 2π]. 1) are completely equivalent, and we shall use whichever is convenient. The coefficients of the two forms are related by c0 cn = a0 , n=0 (an − ibn )/2, = (an + ibn )/2, n>0 n<0 Often, it is unnecessary to use the full Fourier series. In particular, if f (x) is known to have the property of being symmetric about x = 0, which means that f (x) = f (−x) for all x, then all the sine coefficients are zero. The series with only the constant and the cosine terms is known as a “Fourier cosine series”.