Published: 30 December 2014

Jacobi pseudo-spectral Galerkin method for second kind Volterra integro-differential equations with a weakly singular kernel

Xiaoyong Zhang1
Junlin Li2
1Shanghai Maritime University, Shanghai, China
2Taiyuan University of Science and Technology, Taiyuan, China
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Xiaoyong Zhang
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The Jacobi pseudo-spectral Galerkin method for the Volterra integro-differential equations of the second kind with a weakly singular kernel is proposed in this paper. We provide a rigorous error analysis for the proposed method, which indicates that the numerical errors (in the Lωα,β2-norm and the L-norm) will decay exponentially provided that the source function is sufficiently smooth. Numerical examples are given to illustrate the theoretical results.

1. Introduction

In practical applications one frequently encounters the Volterra integro-differential equations of the second kind with a weakly singular kernel of the form:

dydx=axyx+bx+0x(x-s)-μKx,sysds, 0<xT, 0<μ<1.

With the given initial condition y(0)=y0. Where the unknown function y(x) is defined in 0<xT<. a(x), b(x) are two given source functions and K(x, s) is a given kernel.

Equations of this type arise as model equations for describing turbulent diffusion problems. The numerical treatment of the Volterra integro-differential Eq. (1) is not simple, mainly due to the fact that the solutions of Eq. (1) usually have a weak singularity at x= 0, as discussed in [1], the second derivative of the solution y(x) behaves like y2(x)~x-μ.

We point out that for Eq. (1) without the singular kernel (i.e., μ= 0) spectral methods and the corresponding error analysis have been provided recently [2]; see also [3] and [4] for spectral methods to Volterra integral equations and pantograph-type delay differential equations. In both cases, the underlying solutions are smooth.

In this work, we will consider a special case, namely, the exact solutions of Eq. (1) are smooth (see also [5]). In this case, the collocation method and product integration method can be applied directly. But the main approach used there is the spectral-collocation method which is similar to a finite-difference approach. Consequently, the corresponding error analysis is more tedious as it does not fit in a unified framework. However, with a finite-element type approach, as will be performed in this work, it is natural to put the approximation scheme under the general Jacobi-Galerkin type framework. As demonstrated in the recent book of Shen etc. [16], there is a unified theory with Jacobi polynomials to approximate numerical solutions for differential and integral equations. It is also rather straightforward to derive the pseudo-spectral Jacobi-Galerkin method from the corresponding continuous version. The relevant convergence theories under the unified framework, as will be seen from Section 4, are cleaner and more reasonable than those obtained in [7].

The purpose of this work is to provide numerical methods for the second kind Volterra integro differential equations based on pseudo-spectral Galerkin methods. Spectral methods are a class of techniques used in applied mathematics and scientific computing to numerically solve certain partial differential equations (PDEs) (see e.g. [8-10] and the references therein), often involving the use of the Fast Fourier Transform. Where applicable, spectral methods have excellent error properties, with the so called ”exponential convergence” being the fastest possible.

The paper is organized as follows. In Section 2, we introduce the Jacobi pseudo-spectral Galerkin approaches for the Volterra integro-differential Eq. (3). Some preliminaries and useful lemmas are provided in Section 3. In Section 4, the convergence analysis is given. We prove the error estimates in the L-norm and Lωα,β2-norm. The numerical experiments are carried out in Section 5, which will be used to verify the theoretical results obtained in Section 4. The final section contains conclusions.

2. Jacobi pseudo-spectral Galerkin method

In this section, we formulate the Jacobi pseudo-spectral Galerkin schemes for problem Eq. (1) For this purpose, let ωα,β=(1-t)α1+tβ be a weight function in the usual sense, for α, β>-1. Jkα,βt, k=0, 1,, denote the Jacobi polynomials. The set of Jacobi polynomials {Jkα,βt}k=0 forms a complete Lωα,β2(-1,1)-orthogonal system. Before using pseudo-spectral methods, we need to restate problem Eq. (1). The usual way (see [1]) to deal with the original problem is: writing z=b(x)+0x(x-s)-μK(x,s)y(s)ds, Eq. (1) is equivalent to a linear Volterra integral equations of the second kind with respect to y, z:


For the sake of applying the theory of orthogonal polynomials conveniently, by the linear transformation:

x=T(1+t)2, s=T(1+τ)2.


ut=yT1+t2, wt=zT1+t2, gt=bT1+t2, Λ=[-1,1],

The weak form of Eq. (3) is to find u,wLωα,β2(Λ)×Lωα,β2(Λ), such that:

(u,v1)ωα,β=y0+T2-1taτu(τ)+w(τ)dτ,v1ωα,β ,(w,v2)ωα,β=gt+T21-μ-1t(t-τ)-μK(t,τ)u(τ)dτ,v2ωα,β ,

where (.,.)ωα,β denotes the usual inner product in the Lωα,β2-space.

Now, let N be any positive integer and PN(Λ) be the set of all algebraic polynomials of degree at most N. Obviously, the Jacobi polynomials J0α,β(t), J1α,β(t),..., JNα,β(t) are the basis functions of PN(Λ).

Next, we denote the collocation points by t ii=0N, which is the set of (N+ 1) Jacobi Gauss point. We also define the Jacobi interpolating polynomial INα,βvPN(Λ), satisfying:

INα,βvti=vti, 0iN.

It can be written as an expression of the form:


where F(ti) is the Lagrange interpolation basis function associated with the Jacobi collocation points tii=0N.

Now we describe the Jacobi pseudo-spectral Galerkin method. For this purpose, set:

τt,θ=t-12+t+12θ, θ[-1,1].

We define that:


Using (N+1)-point Gauss-Jacobi quadrature formula with weight ω-μ,-μ to approximate Eqs. (6)-(8) yields:


where {θj}j=0N are the (N+ 1)-degree Jacobi-Gauss points associated with ω-μ,-μ, and {ωj}j=0N are the corresponding Jacobi weights. On the other hand, instead of the continuous inner product, the discrete inner product will be implemented by the following equality:


as a result (u,v)ω-μ,-μ=(u,v)N, if uvP2N(Λ).

By the definition of IN-μ,-μ, we have:


The Jacobi pseudo-spectral Galerkin method is to find:

uNt=j=0Nu~jJj-μ,-μt, wNt=j=0Nw~jJj-μ,-μtPNΛ,

such that:


where u~jj=0N and wj~j=0N are determined by:


Denoting X~=u~0,u~1,...,u~N,w~0,w~1,...,w~NT, Eq. (14) yields a equation of the matrix form:



A(i,j)=Jj-μ,-μ,Ji-μ,-μN-MNJj-μ,-μ,Ji-μ,-μN, 0iN, 0jN,-M~NJj-μ,-μ,Ji-N-1-μ,-μN, N+1i2N+1, 0jN,-M~NJj-N-1-μ,-μ,Ji-μ,-μN, 0iN, N+1j2N+1,Jj-N-1-μ,-μ,Ji-N-1-μ,-μN, N+1i2N+1, N+1j2N+1,
gN(i)=y0,Ji-μ,-μN, 0iN,gt,Ji-N-1-μ,-μN, N+1i2N+1.

3. Some useful lemmas

We first introduce some Hilbert spaces. For simplicity, denote tv(t)=(/t)v(t), etc. For a nonnegative integer m, define:

Hωα,βm-1,1:=v:tkvtLωα,β2-1,1, 0km,

with the semi-norm and the norm as:

vLωα,β2=tmv(t)Lωα,β2, vm=k=0mtkvtLωα,β2212,

respectively. It is convenient sometime to introduce the semi-norms:


For bounding some approximation error of Jacobi polynomials, we need the following nonuniformly-weighted Sobolev spaces:

Hωα,βm-1,1:=v:tkvtLωα+k,β+k2-1,1, 0km,

equipped with the inner product and the norm as:

(u,v)m,*=k=0m(tku,tkv)ωα+k,β+k, v m,*=(v,v)m,*.

Next, we define the orthogonal projection PN:L2(Λ)PN(Λ) as:

u-PNu,v=0, vPNΛ,

where PN possesses the following approximation properties ((5.4.11), (5.4.12) and (5.4.24) on p. 283-287 in Ref. ([11]):




We have the following optimal error estimate for the interpolation polynomials based on the Jacobi Gauss points (c.f. [7]).

Lemma 3.1 For any function v satisfying vHωα,β,*m-1,1, we have:


for the Jacobi Gauss points and Jacobi Gauss-Radau points.

Lemma 3.2 If vHωα,β,*m-1,1, for some m1 and ϕPN(Λ), then for the Jacobi Gauss and Jacobi Gauss-Radau integration we have (cf. [7]):


We have the following result on the Lebesgue constant for the Lagrange interpolation poly-nomials associated with the zeros of the Jacobi polynomials; (cf. [7]).

Lemma 3.3 Let Fj(t)j=0N be the N-th Lagrange interpolation polynomials associated with the Gauss, or Gauss-Radau, or Gauss-Lobatto points of the Jacobi polynomials. Then:

INα,βL:=maxt[-1,1]j=0NFj(t)=clogN, -1α, β-12,cNγ+12,γ=maxα,β, otherwise.

We now introduce some notation. For r0 and k[0,1], Cr,k([-1,1]) will denote the space of functions whose r-th derivatives are Holder continuous with exponent k, endowed with the usual norm .r,k. When k= 0, Cr,0([-1,1]) denotes the space of functions with r continuous derivatives on [0, T], also denoted by Cr([-1,1]), and with norm .r.

We will make use of a result of Ragozin ([12-13]), which states that, for each nonnegative Integer r and k0,1, there exists a constant Cr,k>0 such that for any function vCr,k([-1,1]) there exists a polynomial function τNvPN such that:


where . is the norm of the space L-1,1, and when the function vC-1,1. Actually, τN is a linear operator from Cr,k([-1,1]) to PN.

We will need the fact that M~, which be defined by Eq. (11), is compact as an operator from C([0,T]) to Cr,k([-1,1]) for any 0<k<1-μ [14].

Lemma 3.4 Let 0<k<1-μ, then, for any function vC([-1,1]), there exists a positive constant C such that:


under the assumption that 0<k<1-μ for any t', t''[-1,1] and t't''. This implies that:

M~v0,kCvtL, 0<k<1-μ.

Clearly, M and M^ also satisfy Eq. (24). In our analysis, we shall apply the generalization of Gronwalls lemma. We call such a function v(t) locally integrable on the interval [0, T] if for each t0,T, its Lebesgue integral 0tv(s)ds is finite. The following result can be found in [15].

Lemma 3.5 Suppose that:

vtw*t+wt0tϕt,svsds, t0,T,

where ϕw, ϕw* and ϕv are locally integrable on the interval [0, T]. Here, all the functions are assumed to be nonnegative. Then:

vtw*t+wtexp0tϕt,swsds0tϕt,sw*sds, t0,T.

Lemma 3.6 Assume that v is a nonnegative, locally integrable function defined on [0, T] and satisfying:

vtw*t+K00t(t-s)-μv(s)ds, t0,T,

where K0 is a positive constant and w*(t) is a nonnegative and continuous function defined on [0, T]. Then, there exists a constant C such that:

vtw*t+C0t(t-s)-μw*(s)ds, t0,T.

Proof. We note that when 0<μ<1, the integral 0t(t-s)-μds is finite. From Lemma 3.5, we obtain the desired result directly.

Lemma 3.7 Assume that v is a nonnegative, locally integrable function defined on [−1, 1] and satisfying:


where K0 is a positive constant and w*(t) is a nonnegative and continuous function defined on [−1, 1]. Then, there exists a constant C such that:


Proof. Let t=2/T(x-1), s=2/T(τ-1), we obtain that:

v(x)w*(x)+K~02T1-μ0x(x-τ)-μv(τ)dτ, x0,T.

Using Lemma 3.6 leads to:

vxw*x+C~0x(x-τ)-μw*(τ)dτ, x0,T.

By the linear transformation x=2/T(t+1), τ=2/T(s+1), desired result follows. Obviously, when μ= 0, the lemma 3.7 also holds.

To prove the error estimate in the weighted L2-norm, we need the generalized Hardys inequality with weights (see, e.g., [16, 17]).

Lemma 3.8 For all measurable function f 0, the following generalized Hardys inequality:


holds if and only if:

Supa<x<bxbω1tdt1qaxω2 1-q'tdt1q'<, q'=pp-1,

for the case 1<pq<. Here, k is an operator of the form:


with ρx,t a given kernel, ω1, ω2 weight functions, and -av.

We will need the following estimate for the Lagrange interpolation associated with the Jacobi Gaussian collocation points.

Lemma 3.9 For every bounded function v, there exists a constant C independent of v such that:

INα,βvtL=j=0NvtjFjtLclogNvL, -1<α, β-12,cNγ+12vL, γ=maxα,β, otherwise,

where Fj(t) is the Lagrange interpolation basis function associated with the Jacobi collocation points tjj=0N.

Proof. It is obvious that:


By the Lemma 3.3, we obtain the desired result.

Lemma 3.10 For every bounded function v, there exists a constant C independent of v such that:


where Fj(t) is the Lagrange interpolation basis function associated with the Jacobi collocation points tjj=0N.

Proof. It is obvious that:

INα,βvt Lωα,β22=-11INα,βv2ωα,βdt=j=0Nv2(tj)ωjvL2j=0Nωj=γ0vL,

where γ0=c0J0α,β,J0α,βωα,β. As a consequence:

supNINα,βvt Lωα,β22CvL,

with C=γ0.

4. Convergence for Jacobi pseudo-spectral-Galerkin method

As IN-μ,-μ is the interpolation operator which is based on the (N+1)-degree Jacobi-Gauss points with weight ω-μ,-μ, in terms of Eqs. (13) and (14), the pseudo-spectral Galerkin solution uN, wN satisfies:






in which (,)ω-μ,-μ represents the continuous inner product with respect to θ, and (,)N is the corresponding discrete inner product defined by the Gauss-Jacobi quadrature formula. Similar to Eq. (25), we have that:








The combination of Eqs. (24)-(27) yields:


which gives rise to:


By the discussion above, Eqs. (14), (24) and (28) are equivalent.

We first consider an auxiliary problem. We want to find u^N, w^NPN(Λ) such that:


where M, M~ and M^ are the integral operators defined in Section 2, and (.,.)N is still the discrete inner product based on the (N+ 1)-degree Jacobi-Gauss points. In terms of the definition of IN-μ,-μ, Eq. (29) can be written as:

(u^N,v1)N-IN-μ,-μMu^N,v1N-IN-μ,-μM^w^N,v1N=IN-μ,-μy0,v1N ,(w^N,v2)N-IN-μ,-μM~u^N,v2N=IN-μ,-μgt,v2N ,

which is equivalent to:


When y0=g=0, Eq. (31) can be written as:


In terms of the fact that:


Suppose that:

maxT21-μ|K(t,s|, T2|a(t)|, T2L.

It is clear that from Eq. (6)-(8):

u^N=T2-1tasu^Ns+w^Nsds+IN-μ,-μMu^N-Mu^N+IN-μ,-μM^w^N-M^w^N, w^N=T21-μ-1t(t-s)-μK(t,s)u^N(s)ds+IN-μ,-μM~u^N-M~u^N,

which yields:


where I1=IN-μ,-μMu^N-Mu^N,I2=IN-μ,-μM^w^N-M^w^N,I3=IN-μ,-μM~u^N-M~u^N. Using Lemma 3.7 leads to:



|u^N|+|w^N| LcI1L+I2L+I3L.

We now estimate I1L,I2L and I3L. By virtue of Eqs. (22), (23) and Lemma 3.9, we obtain that:

clogNM~u^N-τNM~u^NLclogNN-κu^NL, -1<-μ-12,cN12-μM~u^N-τNM~u^NLcN12-κ-μu^NL, -12<-μ<0.


IN-μ,-μM^w^N-M^w^NLclogNN-κw^NL, -1<-μ-12,cN12-κ-μw^NL, -12<-μ<0,


IN-μ,-μMu^N-Mu^NLclogNN-κu^NL, -1<-μ12,cN12-κ-μu^NL, -1<-μ<0.

These, together with Eq. (32), give:

|u^N|+|w^N|LclogNN-κ|u^N|+|w^N|L, -1<-μ-12,cN12-κ-μ|u^N|+|w^N|L, -12<-μ<0,

which implies, taking μ, κ(0,1-μ) such that μ+κ>1/2, when N is large enough, u^N=w^N= 0. Hence, the u^N and w^N are existent and unique as PN(Λ) is finite-dimensional.

Lemma 4.1. Suppose that uHω-μ-μm(Λ) and:

maxT21-μKt,s, T2at, T2L,

then we have:

|u-u^N|+|w-w^N|Lω-μ,-μ2cN-mtmuLωm-μ,m-μ2+tmwLωm-μ,m-μ2+clogNN34-mum,+wm,, -1<-μ12,cN-m(tmuLωm-μ,m-μ2+tmwLωm-μ,m-μ2)+cN54-m-μum,+wm,, -12<-μ<0.

Proof. Subtracting Eq. (31) from Eq. (3) yields:


Set ε=u(t)-u^N, ε^=w(t)-w^N. Direct computation shows that:




The insertion of Eqs. (36), (37) into Eq. (35) yields:


which implies that:



J1=u-IN-μ,-μu, J2=Mε-IN-μ,-μMε, J3=M^ε^-IN-μ,-μM^ε^,
J4=w-IN-μ,-μw, J5=M~ε-IN-μ,-μM~ε.

Using Lemma 3.7 gives:


Then, it follows from Eq. (39) that:

|ε|+|ε^|Lcu-IN-μ,-μuL+Mε-IN-μ,-μMεL+M^ε^-IN-μ,-μM^ε^L +w-IN-μ,-μwL+M~ε-IN-μ,-μM~εL.

By using Eq. (18), Lemma 3.9, we obtain that:

c1+I-IN-μ,-μu-PNuLclogNN34-mum,, -1<-μ-12,cN54-m-μum,, -12<-μ<0,


w-IN-μ,-μwLclogNN34-mwm,, -1<-μ-12,cN54-m-μwm,, -12<-μ<0.

We now estimate J5 it is clear that εC0,T. Consequently, using Eqs. (22), (23) and Lemma 3.9 it follows that:

c1+IN-μ,-μLN-kM~ε0,kclogNN-k|ε|+|ε^|L, -1<-μ-12,cN12-k-μ|ε|+|ε^|L, -12<-μ0,

where κ(0,1-μ) and τNMεP N(Λ). Eq. (43) also holds for J2L and J3L. Taking μ, κ(0,1-μ) such that κ+μ>1/2, the estimate Eq. (33) follows from Eqs. (40)-(43), provider that N is large enough.

Next we prove Eq. (34). Using the generalized Gronwall inequality (Lemma 3.8), we have from Eq. (38) that:


We obtain that from Eqs. (22), (23) and Lemma 3.10:

J2Lω-μ,-μ2cN-kε+ε^L, J3Lω-μ,-μ2cN-kε+ε^L.

These result, together with the estimates Eqs. (33), (44) and (19), yields (34).

Now subtracting Eq. (28) from Eq. (31) leads to:


which can be simplified as, by setting E=u^N-uN, E1=w^N-wN:


Let eN=u-uN and e^N=w-wN be the error corresponding to the Jacobi pseudo-spectral Galerkin solution uN, wN of Eq. (14). Now we are prepared to get our global convergence result for problem Eq. (3).

Theorem 4.1. Suppose that:

maxT21-μ|K(t,s|, T2|a(t)|, T2L,

and the solution of Eq. (3) is sufficiently smooth. For the Jacobi pseudo spectral Galerkin solution defined in Eq. (14), we have the following estimates:

1) L norm of |eN|+|eN^| satisfies:

|eN|+|eN^|LclogNN34-mum,+wm,+clogNN-mu+wL, -1<-μ-12,cN54-m-μum,+wm,+cN 12-m-μu+wL, -12<-μ0.

2) Lω-μ,-μ2 norm of |eN|+|eN^| satisfies:

clogNN-m|u|+|w|L+clogNN34-mum,+wm,+cN-mtmuωm-μ,m-μ+tmwωm-μ,m-μ, -1<-μ-12,cN 12-m-μu+wL+cN54-m-μum,+wm,+cN-mtmuωm-μ,m-μ+tmwωm-μ,m-μ, -12<-μ0.

Proof. We first prove the existence and uniqueness of the Jacobi pseudo-spectral Galerkin solution uN, wN. As the dimension of PN(Λ) is finite and Eqs. (14) and (28) are equivalent, we only need to prove that the solution of Eq. (28) is uN=wN=0 when g=y0=0.

For this purpose, we consider the equation:


Obviously Eq. (48) can be written as:







R1=IN-μ,-μMuN-MuN, R2=IN-μ,-μM^wN-M^wN, R3=-IN-μ,-μQ(t),
R4=-IN-μ,-μQ^t, R5=IN-μ,-μM~uN-M~uN, R6=-IN-μ,-μQ~(t).

Using Eq. (49) gives:




Using Lemma 3.7 yields:


On the other hand, according to Lemma 3.9:

R6L2=-IN-μ,-μQ~(t)L2c(logN)2Q~tL2, -1<-μ-12,cN1-2μQ~(t)L2, -12<-μ<0.

By the expression of Q~(t) in Eq. (25), Lemma 3.2, we have:


which, together with Eq. (52), gives:

R6LclogNN-m(uN+wN)L, -1<-μ-12,cN 12-m-μuNLcN 12-m-μuN+wNL, -12<-μ<0.

Similarly, Eq. (53) holds for R3L and R4L.

The combination of Eqs. (43) and (53) yields:

(uN+wN)LclogNN-m+logNN-κuN+wNL, -1<-μ-12,cN 12-m-μ+N 12-κ-μuN+wNL, -12<-μ<0.

Based on Eq. (54) and Lemma 3.4 with κ+μ>1/2, when N is large enough, uN=wN=0. As a result, the existence and uniqueness of the Jacobi pseudo-spectral Galerkin solutions uN, wN are proved.

Now we turn to the L error estimate. Actually Eq. (45) can be transformed into:


which yields:


with R7=IN-μ,-μΜE-ΜE, R8=IN-μ,-μΜ^E1-Μ^E1, R9=IN-μ,-μΜ~E-Μ~E.

Similar to Eq. (52), it follows from Eq. (56) and Lemma 3.7 that:


Similar to the estimate of Eq. (43), we obtain:

R9LclogNN-kEL, -1<-μ<-12,cN12-k-μEL, -12<-μ<0..

It also holds for R7 and R8. In terms of Eqs. (53), (57) and (58), when N is large enough, we obtain:

E+E1LclogNN-m(uN+wN)LclogNN-m((u+w)L+(u-uN+w-wN)L), -1<-μ-12,cN12-m-μ(uN+wN)LcN12-m-μ((u+w)L+u-uN+w-wNL), -12<-μ<0.

By the triangular inequality:


as well as Eqs. (59), (60) and Lemma 4.1, we can obtain the estimated Eq. (46) provided N is sufficiently large.

Next we prove Eq. (47). Using Lemma 3.7 and the generalized Hardy inequality (Lemma 3.8, p=q= 2), one obtains that from Eq. (56):


The combination of Eqs. (53), (58) and (59) yields:

E+E1 ω-μ,-μ2
clogNN-mu+wL+eN+e^N L , -1<-μ-12,cN12-m-μu+wL+eN+e^NL, -12<-μ<0.

By the triangular inequality again:


In terms of Eqs. (46), (62), (63) and Lemma 4.1, we obtain the desired result.

5. Numerical results

We give two numerical examples to confirm our analysis.

Example 1. Consider the Volterra integro-differential equation:


The exact solution is u(t)=et. Fig. 1 shows the errors u-uN of approximate solution in L and Fig. 2 shows the errors weighted Lω-μ,-μ2 norms obtained by using the Pseudo-spectral methods described above. It is observed that the desired exponential rate of convergence is obtained.

Example 2. Consider the Volterra equation integro-differential equation:


The corresponding exact solution is given by u(t)=cos(t). Fig. 3 and Fig. 4 plot the errors u-uN for 2 N 14 in L and Lω-μ,-μ2 norms. Once again the desired spectral accuracy is obtained.

Fig. 1L∞ error of Example 1

L∞ error of Example 1

Fig. 2Lω-μ,-μ2 error of Example 1

Lω-μ,-μ2 error of Example 1

Fig. 3L∞ error of Example 2

L∞ error of Example 2

Fig. 4Lω-μ,-μ2 error of Example 2

Lω-μ,-μ2 error of Example 2

6. Concluding remarks

This work is concerned with the Jacobi pseudospectral-Galerkin methods for solving Volterratype integro-differential equation and the error analysis. To facilitate the use of the methods, we first restate the original integro-differential equation as two simple integral equations of the second kind, then the spectral accuracy associated with L and Lω-μ,-μ2 error estimates are demonstrated theoretically. These results are confirmed by some numerical experiments.

We only investigated the case when the solution is smooth in the present work, with the availability of this methodology, it will be possible to extend the results of this paper to the weakly singular VIDEs with nonsmooth solutions which will be the subject of our future work.


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About this article

07 November 2013
20 November 2014
30 December 2014
Volterra integro-differential equation
Jacobi pseudo-spectral method
weakly singular kernel

This work was financially supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (51279099), Shanghai Natural Science Foundation (12ZR1412500), Innovation Program of Shanghai Municipal Education Commission (13ZZ124).