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DTSTART:20100413T170500Z
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LOCATION:4274 Chamberlin Hall
SUMMARY:Shock Waves in Nature and in Numerical Computations\, Chaos &
Complex Systems Seminar\, James Rossmanith\, UW-Madison\, Dept. of Mat
hematics
DESCRIPTION:Shock waves are propagating disturbances that are characte
rized by an abrupt\, nearly discontinuous change in the characteristic
s of a fluid or plasma. They can occur in a variety of phenomena in bo
th laboratory and natural settings. Mathematically\, shock waves are d
ifficult to handle since in general they are not unique solutions of t
he equations that model them. Computationally\, shock waves are diffic
ult to handle for several reasons: (1) most discontinuous cannot be ex
actly represented on a discrete mesh\, (2) standard high-order methods
are unstable for shocks\, and (3) the numerical schemes must be caref
ully constructed to yield the physically correct solution.

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\nIn this talk I will begin by briefly reviewing the basic theory of s
hock waves. I will then\, mostly through computational examples\, desc
ribe the various pitfalls in trying to numerically solve equations wit
h shock solutions. Finally\, I will describe some strategies based on
adaptive mesh refinement to obtain highly accurate numerical solutions
.

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URL:https://www.physics.wisc.edu/events/?id=1766
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