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MATLAB Help!, solving simple PDE with ODE45 or ODE23 solver in matlab

  1. Jan 22, 2010 #1
    guys please help me, i'm trying to solve a simple moving PDE equation in matlab.
    The equation i'm trying to solve is


    with initial condition for example q(x,0)=exp(-(x-5)^2)

    c is a constant. What i want to do is to first discritize the initial condition with interval dx then because i have to know the value of -c*dq/dx, i use fourier transform in matlab then i multiply it by -c*i*k after that i invert the fourier transform back so i get the value of -c*dq/dx at every point in my grid. Then i solve it with matlab ODE solver such ODE45 but result is still incorrect, i don't know where i might have gone wrong, here is my code

    ******the main code********
    dx=0.01;x=[0:dx:(N-1)*dx];%defining the dx for x
    tspan=linspace(0,20,100);%defining the time span for the solution
    %defining the initial condition
    dqx = diskx(q0,dx,N,c0);
    %calculating the solution
    ode=@(t,q) rhs(t,diskx(q0,dx,N,c0)*q);
    options = odeset('RelTol',1e-5,'AbsTol',1e-6);
    [t,q] = ode23(ode,tspan,q0);
    %animating the result
    for i=1:length(tspan)
    h=plot(x,q(i,:));axis([0 164 -10 11]);
    name=['Simpangan q(x,t) saat t=',num2str(t(i))];

    ******function diskx********
    function dxq = diskx(q0,dx,N,c0)

    ******function rhs********
    function dqdt = rhs(t,dqx,q)
    dqdt = [dqx'];

    please give me hint or correct me if i'm wrong, because i've checked and rechecked that the result suppose to be correct and yet i'm still not getting what i want which is just a moving function with the speed c. thx guys
  2. jcsd
  3. Jan 22, 2010 #2
    Wherefore such complexity? Your equation has well-known general solution

    q(x,t) =F(x-t*c), where F is an arbitrary function.

    Substituting t=0 you obtain that


    so solution with your initial condition is

    q(x,t) =exp(-(x-t*c-5)^2)
  4. Jan 22, 2010 #3
    that is correct, but this is just the first step from several steps that i want to do. Later on i want to define c as a function of k, which as we know only exists in fourier domain this is why i try to solve it through fourier doamain . And this kind of relation is called the dispersion relation in water waves
  5. Feb 4, 2010 #4
    So how's going? Have you sort out the problem?

    Your problem looks interesting. But I have figure out anything yet. Need to have some time to understand it.
  6. Feb 18, 2010 #5
    i got it hehe.. finally, the problem is i just compute my diskx function onece when i should compute it for each time step, and i notice that i don't really need the rhs function so i erase it and put my diskx directly inside my ode45 or 23 bracket and it works perfectly.
  7. Feb 18, 2010 #6
    oh and don't forget to change q0 in diskx to q so it compute the dynamics
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