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APM 524: Spectral Methods

Course description

VortexSpectral methods are known for their fast convergence. When the function being approximated is smooth, approximations converge exponentially fast. These methods will be covered with emphasis on the solution of differential equations. Approximation theory of global methods will be covered, including Fourier, polynomial, and radial basis function methods. Students will learn theoretical results and practical implementation of algorithms. Depending on the research interests of students, applications in the areas of imaging, mathematical biology, fluid mechanics will be considered.

The course will benefit students interested in numerical methods for approximation of functions and solution of differential equations, including students in engineering. Students should have a previous course in differential equations and basic programming skills, as course assessment will require computer projects.

The figure above is from a simulation of the filamentation of an elliptic vortex in an inviscid fluid. The solution was computed with a Fourier spectral method. Approximations were quickly obtained with the aid of fast Fourier transforms.


The main reference for this course is: L.N. Trefethen. Spectral Methods in MATLAB. SIAM, Philadelphia (2000).

Additional material will be taken from papers and other books. Other refernces include:


Course assessment will be based on homework and a final project. These will often require implementation of algorithms and computations.


Instructor approval.