# Linear EXP initial-value problem

Tom Maerz, 05 October 2010

(Chebfun example ode/LinExpIVP.m)

This is an elementary example to illustrate how one might use Chebfun to solve a very simple ODE initial-value problem. We take the scalar test problem

u' - lambda*u = 0  ,    u(0) = 1,   lambda = -10000

on the interval [0,.005]. The solution is exp(lambda*x).

d = [0,.005];                       % domain
x = chebfun('x',d);                 % x variable
L = chebop(d);                      % operator
lambda = -10000;                    % specifying parameter lambda
L.op = @(u) diff(u,1) - lambda*u;   % linear operator defining the ODE
L.lbc = @(u) u-1;                   % imposing Dirichlet boundary condition
u = L\0;                            % solve the problem
plot(u,'linewidth',1.6)             % plot the solution
err = norm(u-exp(lambda*x),inf);    % measure the error
FS = 'fontsize';
xlabel('x',FS,12)
ylabel('exp(x)',FS,12)
title(sprintf('Solution of IVP for exp(x) -- error = %7.2e',err),FS,14)