A numerical method based on the reproducing kernel theorem is presented for the numerical solution of a three-point boundary value problem with an integral condition. Using the reproducing property and the existence of orthogonal basis in a new reproducing kernel Hilbert space, we obtain a representation of exact solution in series form and its approximate solution by truncating the series. Moreover, the uniform convergency is proved and the effectiveness of the proposed method is illustrated with some examples.

1. Introduction

In this paper, we are concerned with the numerical solution of the following third-order partial differential equation with three-point boundary condition [1]: where and its derivatives satisfy the conditions , , and is given smooth function in .

Note that the third-order partial differential equations in (1) make a base of many mathematical models for dynamics of the soil moisture and subsoil waters [2], spreading of acoustic waves in a weakly heterogeneous environment [3]. Many physical phenomena and mechanical situations have been formulated into boundary value problems with integral boundary conditions [4, 5]. Later many works have appeared such as Ashyralyev and Aggez [6], Ashyralyev and Tetikoglua [7], Pulkina [8], and Ashyralyev and Gercek [9]. It should be noted that there are so much work devoted to the existence of solution for this type of boundary value problems where parabolic equations, hyperbolic equations, and mixed-type equations are considered [10, 11]. The proof of existence and uniqueness of solution especially for (1) has been studied by Latrous and Memou [1]. Recently, the reproducing kernel space method (RKSM) plays a crucial role in numerical solutions of differential and integral equations [1220]. The main ideas of RKSM are based on the construction of reproducing kernel space (RKS). The reproducing kernel function can absorb all definite conditions. Then the numerical solution of definite problem is approximated by the reproducing kernel function. It is obvious that constructing a suitable reproducing kernel space and effectively calculating the reproducing kernel function expression become the key to apply RKSM.

However, due to the complex three-point value conditions with an integral condition in (1), the RKSM has not constructed suitable RKS to deal with the numerical solution. More precisely, the establishment of traditional RKS relies heavily on the two endpoints. Hence it can not be extended to three-point nonlocal boundary value problem which is based on intermediate point, especially with the integral boundary condition. Moreover, to the best of the authors’ knowledge, the numerical approximations of the problem equation (1) have not been studied before. Motivated by all the works above, we describe an improvement of the RKSM to find the numerical solution for (1). A new RKS is successfully established by some techniques like (3) and (7). Furthermore, other partial differential equations with multipoint boundary value conditions may be numerically solved using a similar process.

The outline of this paper is as follows. In the next section, new reproducing kernel spaces for solving problem (1) are constructed. Section 3 establishes a bounded linear operator and an orthogonal basis to use the RKSM. As a result, the approximate solution of the considered problem is obtained. In Section 4, some numerical results are given to demonstrate the accuracy of the present method. Also a conclusion is given in Section 5. Note that we have computed the numerical results using mathematic programming.

2. Constructive Method for the Reproducing Kernel Space

Definition 1 (see [12]). Let be a Hilbert function space on a set . is called a reproducing kernel space if and only if, for any , there exists a unique function , such that for any . Meanwhile, is called a reproducing kernel.

Since , one has the following property.

Lemma 2. A reproducing kernel function of real reproducing kernel space is symmetric.

Definition 3. is an absolutely continuous real value function in , , , and , . The inner product is given by

Theorem 4. is a reproducing kernel space. Moreover the reproducing kernel can be denoted by

Proof. is a RKS which is a generalization of [12, Theorem ] with essentially the same proofs. Let be the reproducing kernel function of . In view of (2), , and , we have the following equality using the integration by parts: Here is an arbitrary function of . In order to obtain reproducing property, namely, let
Since the eigenvalues of (7) are all zero and sixfold, the general solutions of (7) have the form of (3). Next, we need to establish 38 equations for calculating the coefficients which are functions on . It is obvious that 4 equations can be obtained from boundary value conditions and (6) give 10 equations. According to (7), we have 12 equations. Finally, 12 equations follow from the continuity at .

For , the concrete expression of is given by Lemma 2

Similar to Theorem 4, we show another RKS: is an absolutely continuous real value function in , , and . The inner product is given by and we calculate the reproducing kernel function is as the following form:

Definition 5. Let , and is a completely continuous real value function in , , , and . The inner product in is given by

Theorem 6. The space is a reproducing kernel space and its reproducing kernel is where and are reproducing kernel functions of and , respectively.

Proof. We need to prove that satisfies the reproducing property; namely,

3. The Numerical Method

A subspace in is defined by Then we define a linear operator :

Lemma 7. is an invertible bounded linear operator.

Proof. Consider the following Due to the definition of  , we get , and ; then it follows that Therefore (1) is turned into the following operator equation: Since (19) has a unique solution [1], it indicates is invertible. The proof is complete.

For the reproducing kernel function of , we choose a countable dense subset and define where denotes operator which acts on .

Lemma 8. The function system is a complete system in .

Proof. It follows that from the definition of and . Next we will see it is complete; that is, if , then we can get . For every , it holds Note that is a countable dense subset in ; hence, . It follows that from the existence of .

Applying Gram-Schmidt process, we obtain an orthogonal basis in :

Theorem 9. If is the solution of (19), then the approximate solution can be formed by

Proof. From and (21), it holds that The approximate solution of (19) is -truncation of Fourier series about the exact solution in (28), so in as .

Theorem 10. The approximate solution and its derivatives uniformly converge to exact solution and its derivatives, respectively.

Proof. By the properties of , we know that there exist positive real numbers ( and ), such that Therefore, as we have

4. Numerical Simulation and Comparison

In this section we will give some numerical examples of multipoint boundary value problem that show the exactness and usefulness of our presented process.

Example 11. This problem corresponds to (1) with and . The exact solution is . The numerical results are given in Table 1 for . Here we take and .

Example 12. Consider the following three-point nonlocal elliptic-parabolic problem in [9]:

The exact solution of this problem is . In terms of (24), we calculate the approximate solution for . Comparing the maximum absolute error by our method with finite difference methods, Table 2 shows that our method has better accuracy.

5. Conclusion

In summary, a new numerical algorithm is provided to solve three-point boundary value problems in a very favorable reproducing kernel space. Using the good properties of reproducing kernel space such as reproducing property and existence of orthogonal basis, we obtain the series pattern approximate solution through operator equation. Numerical results show that the present method is an accurate and reliable analytical technique.

Conflict of Interests

The authors declare that there is no conflict of interests regarding the publication of this paper.


The authors appreciate the constructive comments and suggestions provided from the kind referees and editor. This work was supported by Academic Foundation for Youth of Harbin Normal University (KGB201226), science research funds for overseas returned Chinese scholars of Heilongjiang Province (No. LC2013C01), and Science Research Foundation of Heilongjiang Province (No. A201411).