An unified approach to numerical modeling, integrating aspects of continuum mechanics, differential equations, and numerical analysis. Explains how to formulate a mathematical description of the phenomena under consideration, devise techniques for solving the governing equations, then refine the model and interpret the results. Emphasizes physical applications and relates the three major classes of partial differential equations -- elliptic, parabolic, and hyperbolic -- to steady-state systems, dissipative systems, and nondissipative systems, respectively. Also examines some higher-order equations, nonlinear equations, and coupled systems of equations.
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