Four step hybrid block method for the direct solution of fourth order ordinary differential equations

Document Type : Research Paper


Department of Mathematics‎, College of Art and Sciences-Tabarjal‎, Jouf University, Saudi Arabia


‎This paper proposes a direct four-step implicit hybrid block method for directly solving general fourth-order initial value problems of ordinary differential equations‎. ‎In deriving this method‎, ‎the approximate solution in the form of power series is interpolated at four points‎, ‎i.e $ x_n, ‎x_{n+1},x_{n+2},x_{n+3} $ while its forth derivative is collocated at all grid points‎, ‎i.e $ x_n‎,x_{n+\frac{1}{4}},‎x_{n+1}‎ , x_{n+2}‎, x_{n+\frac{5}{2}}‎, x_{n+3}‎,x_{n+\frac{7}{2}} $ and $ x_{n+4} $ to produce the main continuous schemes‎. ‎In order to verify the applicability of the new method‎, ‎the properties of the new method such as local truncation error‎, ‎zero stability‎, ‎order and convergence are also established‎. ‎The performance of the newly developed method is then compared with the existing methods in terms of error by solving the same test problems‎. ‎The numerical results reveal that the proposed method produces better accuracy than several existing methods when solving the same initial value problems (IVPs) of second order ODEs‎.


Volume 12, Issue 1
April 2021
Pages 215-229
  • Receive Date: 02 January 2021
  • Accept Date: 02 January 2021
  • First Publish Date: 02 January 2021