Finite Difference Methods

  • Joel H. Ferziger
  • Milovan PerićEmail author
  • Robert L. Street


In this chapter, finite difference (FD) methods are described for the generic scalar transport equation. Here we present methods of approximating first, second, and mixed derivatives, using Taylor series expansion, and polynomial fitting. Derivation of higher-order methods, and treatment of nonlinear terms and boundaries is discussed. Attention is also paid to the effects of grid non-uniformity on truncation error and to the estimation of discretization errors. Application of some of the basic methods to several examples are described for Cartesian grids. Spectral methods are also briefly introduced, both as tools for analysis and methods for solving differential equations.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Joel H. Ferziger
    • 1
  • Milovan Perić
    • 2
    Email author
  • Robert L. Street
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Mechanical EngineeringStanford UniversityStanfordUSA
  2. 2.University of Duisburg-EssenDuisburgGermany
  3. 3.Department of Civil and Environmental EngineeringStanford UniversityStanfordUSA

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