# An Introduction to MultiGrid Methods by P Wesseling

By P Wesseling

Multigrid equipment have constructed quickly and are used as a strong instrument for the effective resolution of elliptic and hyperbolic equations. this article offers an creation to multigrid equipment for partial differential equations, with functions to sensible stream difficulties.

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Observe that you need to ﬁnd the component of the gravitational force in the tangential direction. Observe also that the linear acceleration, as opposed to the angular acceleration, is Ld2 θ/dt 2 , where L is the length of the rod. (c) Simplify the result from part (b) to obtain Eq. (12) in the text. 30. Another way to derive the pendulum equation (12) is based on the principle of conservation of energy. (a) Show that the kinetic energy T of the pendulum in motion is T= 1 dθ mL2 2 dt 2 . (b) Show that the potential energy V of the pendulum, relative to its rest position, is V = mgL(1 − cos θ).

For further reading in the history of mathematics, see books such as those listed below: Boyer, C. , and Merzbach, U. ) (New York: Wiley, 1989). ) (New York: Oxford University Press, 1990). A useful historical appendix on the early development of differential equations appears in Ince, E. , Ordinary Differential Equations (London: Longmans, Green, 1927; New York: Dover, 1956). Encyclopedic sources of information about the lives and achievements of mathematicians of the past are Gillespie, C. ) (New York: Scribner’s, 1971).

The derivation of these models may have been plausible, and possibly even convincing, but you should remember that the ultimate test of any mathematical model is whether its predictions agree with observations or experimental results. We have no actual observations or experimental results to use for comparison purposes here, but there are several sources of possible discrepancies. In the case of the falling object, the underlying physical principle (Newton’s law of motion) is well established and widely applicable.