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A. C. Clarke's space odyssey and Newton's law of gravity

Bartoň, Stanislav, Renčín, Lukáš (2017)

Programs and Algorithms of Numerical Mathematics

In his famous tetralogy, Space Odyssey, A. C. Clarke called the calculation of a motion of a mass point in the gravitational field of the massive cuboid a classical problem of gravitational mechanics. This article presents a proposal for a solution to this problem in terms of Newton's theory of gravity. First we discuss and generalize Newton's law of gravitation. We then compare the gravitational field created by the cuboid -- monolith, with the gravitational field of the homogeneous sphere. This...

A contribution to Runge-Kutta formulas of the 7th order with rational coefficients for systems of differential equations of the first order

Anton Huťa, Vladimír Penjak (1984)

Aplikace matematiky

The purpose of this article is to find the 7th order formulas with rational parameters. The formulas are of the 11th stage. If we compare the coefficients of the development i = 1 h i i ! d i - 1 d x i - 1 𝐟 x , 𝐲 ( x ) up to h 7 with the development given by successive insertion into the formula h . f i ( k 0 , k 1 , ... , k i - 1 ) for i = 1 , 2 , ... , 10 and k = i = 0 10 p i , k i we obtain a system of 59 condition equations with 65 unknowns (except, the 1st one, all equations are nonlinear). As the solution of this system we get the parameters of the 7th order Runge-Kutta formulas as rational numbers.

A differential equation related to the l p -norms

Jacek Bojarski, Tomasz Małolepszy, Janusz Matkowski (2011)

Annales Polonici Mathematici

Let p ∈ (1,∞). The question of existence of a curve in ℝ₊² starting at (0,0) and such that at every point (x,y) of this curve, the l p -distance of the points (x,y) and (0,0) is equal to the Euclidean length of the arc of this curve between these points is considered. This problem reduces to a nonlinear differential equation. The existence and uniqueness of solutions is proved and nonelementary explicit solutions are given.

A fixed point method to compute solvents of matrix polynomials

Fernando Marcos, Edgar Pereira (2010)

Mathematica Bohemica

Matrix polynomials play an important role in the theory of matrix differential equations. We develop a fixed point method to compute solutions of matrix polynomials equations, where the matricial elements of the matrix polynomial are considered separately as complex polynomials. Numerical examples illustrate the method presented.

A modified version of explicit Runge-Kutta methods for energy-preserving

Guang-Da Hu (2014)


In this paper, Runge-Kutta methods are discussed for numerical solutions of conservative systems. For the energy of conservative systems being as close to the initial energy as possible, a modified version of explicit Runge-Kutta methods is presented. The order of the modified Runge-Kutta method is the same as the standard Runge-Kutta method, but it is superior in energy-preserving to the standard one. Comparing the modified Runge-Kutta method with the standard Runge-Kutta method, numerical experiments...

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