Science:Math Exam Resources/Courses/MATH307/December 2012/Question 02 (b)
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Question 02 (b) 

The boundary value problem can be approximated by an (N + 1) x (N + 1) system of linear equations of the form (b) How would you use MATLAB/Octave to compute approximations to and ? Assume that N has been defined and write code that uses this value of N. 
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Hint 

Science:Math Exam Resources/Courses/MATH307/December 2012/Question 02 (b)/Hint 1 
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Please rate my easiness! It's quick and helps everyone guide their studies. Set dx, L, Q and b in Matlab to be equal to values above: dx = 1/N L = 1/dx^{2}*[[dx^{2} 0 0 0]; diag(ones(3),1) + diag(2*ones(3)) + diag(ones(3),1); [0 0 dx dx]] for m = 1:N qVector(m) = m1 end qVector(N+1) = 0 Q = 1/dx*diag(qVector) f = (L + dx^{2}*Q) Find index of value corresponding that has x closest to 1/2: Find points corresponding to x values on either side or equal to 1/2 and approximate f(1/2) as point on line joining both points: Get f(1/2): xi = floor((1/2)/dx) xf = ceil((1/2)/dx) m = (f(xf)  f(xi))/dx b = f(x0)  m(x0) ans = m(1/2) + b 