Numerics Project, Math 151A

This project counts 20% of the final grade!. It is strongly recommended that you start early, and don't wait until the last couple of days.

Due: Monday, March 14, in class, or earlier (Note: No late submissions !!)

Numerical Differentiation and Integration

In this assignment, you are asked to numerically differentiate and integrate a function. For this purpose, we generate points between the boundaries a=0.2, and b=5.0. We generate these points at the top of the code considering the function
f(x) = x^2 * log(x)
where log(x) is the logarithm to the basis e (and not 10). We then pretend for a while that we don't know the function (unless you are asked specifically to use the analytic expression for the derivative and the integral.) We do everything for stepsizes h=0.1, and h=0.2. (So there are 49 and 25 points).
Write all codes as general as possible; i.e., specify a, b, h, number of steps at the top (with proper variables), and then use these variables. You will have to use loops. Make sure you have the correct expressions at the endpoints. Do not code a loop for i=1,100; instead, use something like for i=1,nmax.

1) Differentiation (60%)

Write a code that differentiates this function. Always use the most appropriate 3-point formula (page 170, textbook).
a) (20%) Use stepsize h=0.1. Plot your result for the derivative of f (as a function of x) . Repeat with a stepsize of h=0.2.
b) (10%) Since f(x) is given, you can get an analytic expression for the derivative of f. Compare the results with the results from a).
c) (20%) The error in the approximation can now be calculated from a) and b) as the difference. Compare the error with the error you can calculate from the error formula. Do this comparison for each node. Give a plot that compares the actual error with the estimated error (i.e., plot actual error, and estimated error as a function of x, or node). Do this for both stepsizes (h=0.1, h=0.2). Compare the results.
d)(10%): Implement an extrapolation formula to get a higher order method. Use the following formula:

M = N(h/2) + [N(h/2) - N(h)]/3 ,

where N is the appropriate 3-point formula. This formula is an O(h4) expression. It will (has been) derived in homework #8. Use h=0.2, h/2=0.1. Be particularly careful with the expressions at the endpoints!

2) Integration (40%)

Integrate this function (from 0.2 to 5.0). Write codes with a stepsize of h=0.1 that use
a) the Composite Simpson's rule
b) the Composite Trapezoidal rule
c) the Composite Midpoint rule

d) The analytic expression for the integral is
F(x) = x^3 * [log(x)/3 - 1/9]
Compare the results from a) - c) with the exact result.

e) Repeat a) - d) for h=0.2; compare the results!