Display numerical solution of PDE as a movie in Matlab

Investigate numerically whether the FCTS scheme $$u_k^{n+1} = u_k^n - \frac{a\Delta t}{2\Delta x} \left( u_{k+1}^n - u_{k-1}^n\right) + \frac{\nu\Delta t}{\Delta x^2} \left( u_{k+1}^n - 2 u_k^n + u_{k-1}^n\right)$$ can be used for the advection-diffusion equation $$v_t + av_x = \nu v_{xx}$$. Use a sharp Gaussian-like initial condition (see numerical code that tests the advection equation), $$a=1$$, $$x\in (-5,15)$$, 500 mesh intervals, $$\Delta t = \min (0.75 \Delta x^2/(2\nu), 0.75 \Delta x/a)$$, and compute the solution at $$t=10$$. Does it break if the diffusion coefficient is small?

Im trying to solve this problem and here is my code:

clc;
clear;

%%%Variables%%%%%

xmin=-5;
xmax=15;
N=100; %Number of nodes-1
t=0;
tmax=10;
umax=100;
v=0.05;

%%%%%discretise the domain/time%%%%%
dx=(xmax-xmin)/N;
dt= min([0.75*(dx^2/(2*v)) 0.75*dx]);
x = xmin:dx:xmax;

%%%%%Initial Conditions%%%%%%
F = @(x) umax*exp(-x.^2*10.0);
u0 = F(x);

u=u0;
unp1=u;

timesteps = ceil(tmax/dt);

for n=1:timesteps
for i=2:N
unp1(i) = u(i) - dt/(2*dx)*(u(i+1)-u(i-1))+(v*dt)/(dx^2)*(u(i+1)-2*u(i)+u(i-1));
end
u=unp1;
t=t+dt;
plot(x,u)
end


My question is, is there way to plot for a movie for difference values of $$v$$? at tmax? Also, is my code correctly implemently with the scheme?

The code looks correct, but the problem statement specifies N=500 instead. Here is the desired Matlab code

%%%%%Initial Conditions%%%%%%
F = @(x) umax*exp(-x.^2*10.0);
u0 = F(x);

u=u0;
unp1=u;

figure;
hp=plot(x,u);
ht=title(strcat('t = ',num2str(t)));
xlim([xmin xmax]);
ylim([0 umax]);

timesteps = ceil(tmax/dt);

for n=1:timesteps
for i=2:N
unp1(i) = u(i) - dt/(2*dx)*(u(i+1)-u(i-1))+(v*dt)/(dx^2)*(u(i+1)-2*u(i)+u(i-1));
end
u=unp1;
t=t+dt;
set(hp,'YData',u);
set(ht,'String',strcat('t = ',num2str(t)));
drawnow;
end


with the following output

• thanks for you reply, but I get this: Error: File: problem.m Line: 28 Column: 17 Creating a string using double quotes is not supported. Use the string function. – Mikey Spivak Feb 11 at 11:20
• yes, it does now! Is there a way to plot at $t=10$ but with $v$ varying say between 0 and 0.5 as a movie? – Mikey Spivak Feb 11 at 11:23
• @Neymar Yes. Manually, you can perform the previous simulations with different diffusion coefficients $\nu$, store them in separate vectors (to do so, comment the clear command), and plot them on the same figure (e.g., by using hold on) to produce multiple plots. Or algorithmically, you can do the same by operating on multiple vectors at the same time. – Harry49 Feb 11 at 11:29
• thank you very much! Also, here is another unanswered question about the leapfrog scheme. If you have a chance, math.stackexchange.com/questions/3107106/… – Mikey Spivak Feb 11 at 11:32