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Hi, can someone tell me the difference between the Crank-Nicolson and Heun numerical methods? For Heun's method I'm looking here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heun's_method and for the Crank-Nicolson method I'm looking here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crank–Nicolson_method . When I actually carry out a calculation with equal timesteps for both methods and f(t,u)=-.5*u, I get the exact same solution.

The equation I have for both is:

u[tex]^{n+1}[/tex] = u[tex]^{n}[/tex] - [tex]\frac{1}{2}[/tex]u[tex]^{n}[/tex]dt - [tex]\frac{1}{8}[/tex]u[tex]^{n}[/tex]dt[tex]^{2}[/tex]

The equation I have for both is:

u[tex]^{n+1}[/tex] = u[tex]^{n}[/tex] - [tex]\frac{1}{2}[/tex]u[tex]^{n}[/tex]dt - [tex]\frac{1}{8}[/tex]u[tex]^{n}[/tex]dt[tex]^{2}[/tex]

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