In numerical analysis, the Runge–Kutta methods are an important family of implicit and explicit iterative methods for the approximation of solutions of ordinary differential equations.

**The common fourth-order Runge–Kutta method**

One member of the family of Runge–Kutta methods is so commonly used that it is often referred to as “RK4” or simply as “the Runge–Kutta method”. Let an initial value problem be specified as follows.

, with .

We equally split the interval into subintervals by the following interior points

.

Of course, . The number , which will be denoted by , is called the step size. The value of at step is usually denoted by , that is, . Therefore, the initial value problem can be rewritten as , where and with . The Runge–Kutta 4 method tells us that, having the value of at , we can compute the value of at by using the following scheme

Thus, for each step, we need to compute all four , , constants.

**The Runge–Kutta 4 method for a system of ODEs**

Now we investigate the question in the title of this entry. An th-order system of 1st initial value problems has the form

for , with the initial conditions

, ,…,.

Let be . We denote by the following number

At each step , having all we can compute for all . To do this, for each , we need to compute all , . More precisely, we need to compute

As can be seen, at step and for each , all the values , with must be computed before any of the expressions .

**Example**

We now consider the following example

Therefore, at the step , we can compute and by using the following scheme

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Comment by viettran — June 24, 2009 @ 8:43

Cảm ơn viettran, bạn có thể tham khảo Định lý 4.4 trang 60 sách “Numerical Initial Value Problems in Ordinary Differential Equations (Prentice-Hall Series in Automatic Computation)” của C.W. Gear. Kết quả không có gì khác so với trường hợp 1 phương trình quen biết.

Comment by Ngô Quốc Anh — June 24, 2009 @ 23:04

mình không có cuốn sách ấy. Nếu được NQA gửi cho cái link download thì thật tuyệt.

Nhưng liệu tình hình có gì khác khi ta biết , (thay vì ) ?

Comment by viettran — June 25, 2009 @ 13:14

Sách trên có bản điện tử. Thế thì viettran cần xem lại thế nào là “initial value problem”.

Comment by Ngô Quốc Anh — June 25, 2009 @ 13:21

tức là viettran muốn mở vấn đề thoát ra khỏi cái khung “initial” đó NQA. Khi mô rảnh NQA post cái tốc độ hội tụ của PP trên cho viettran coi ké cái nha 😀

thanks !

Comment by viettran — June 25, 2009 @ 17:37