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Master of Arts in Mathematics




Solutions to differential equations describing the behavior of physical quantities (e.g., displacement, temperature, electric field strength) often only have finite range of validity over a subdomain. Interest beyond the subdomain often arises. As a result, the problem of making the solution compatible across the connecting subdomain interfaces must be dealt with. Four different compatibility methods are examined here for hyperbolic (time varying) second-order differential equations. These methods are used to match two different solutions, one in each subdomain along the connecting interface. The entire domain that is examined here is a unit square in the Cartesian plane. The four compatibility methods examined are: point collocation; optimal least square fit; penalty function; Ritz-Galerkin weak form. Discretized L2 convergence is used to examine and compare the effectiveness of each method.