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Convergence Analysis of the Spectral Methods for Weakly Singular Volterra Integro-Differential Equations with Smooth Solutions

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  03 June 2015

Yunxia Wei*
School of Mathematics and Computational Science, Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou 510275, China
Yanping Chen*
School of Mathematical Sciences, South China Normal University, Guangzhou 510631, China
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The theory of a class of spectral methods is extended to Volterra integro-differential equations which contain a weakly singular kernel (t - s)->* with 0 < μ < 1. In this work, we consider the case when the underlying solutions of weakly singular Volterra integro-differential equations are sufficiently smooth. We provide a rigorous error analysis for the spectral methods, which shows that both the errors of approximate solutions and the errors of approximate derivatives of the solutions decay exponentially in L°°-norm and weighted L2-norm. The numerical examples are given to illustrate the theoretical results.

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