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An Operational Matrix Technique for Solving Variable Order Fractional Differential-Integral Equation Based on the Second Kind of Chebyshev Polynomials
An operational matrix technique is proposed to solve variable order fractional differential-integral equation based on the second kind of Chebyshev polynomials in this paper. The differential operational matrix and integral operational matrix are derived based on the second kind of Chebyshev polynomials. Using two types of operational matrixes, the original equation is transformed into the arithmetic product of several dependent matrixes, which can be viewed as an algebraic system after adopting the collocation points. Further, numerical solution of original equation is obtained by solving the algebraic system. Finally, several examples show that the numerical algorithm is computationally efficient.
Fractional differential equation (FDE) is an extension of integer-order model. Compared with the classical integer-order differential equation, FDE provides an excellent instrument for the description of memory and hereditary properties of various materials and processes. Therefore, it may be more accurate for modeling by FDE rather than integer-order differential equation. Researchers have pointed out that the fractional calculus plays an important role in modeling and many systems in interdisciplinary fields can be elegantly described with the help of fractional derivative, such as dynamics of earthquakes , viscoelastic systems , biological systems [3, 4], diffusion model , chaos , wave propagation , and partial bed-load transport .
Many literatures study the numerical algorithms for solving fractional calculus equations. Ahmadian et al.  proposed a computational method based on Jacobi polynomials for solving fuzzy linear FDE on interval . Fu et al.  presented a Laplace transformed boundary particle method for numerical modeling of time fractional diffusion equations. Pang et al.  applied radial basis function meshless collocation method to the space-fractional advection-dispersion equations. Bhrawy and Zaky  analyzed an operational formulation based on Jacobi polynomials for time-space FDE with Dirichlet boundary conditions. Bhrawy et al. [13, 14] introduced a fractional integral operator matrix based on generalized Laguerre polynomials and shifted first of Chebyshev polynomials for solving fractional integral equations.
With further development of science research, more and more researchers have found that a variety of important dynamical problems exhibit fractional order behavior that may vary with time or space. This fact indicates that variable order calculus is a natural candidate to provide an effective mathematical framework for the description of complex dynamical problems. The modeling and application of variable order FDE have been a front subject. However, since the kernel of the variable order operators has a variable exponent, analytical solution of variable order FDE is usually difficult to obtain. The development of numerical algorithms to solve variable order FDE is necessary.
Only a few authors studied numerical methods of variable order FDE. Shen et al.  have given an approximate scheme for the variable order time fractional diffusion equation. Chen et al. [16, 17] paid their attention to Bernstein polynomials to solve variable order linear cable equation and variable order time fractional diffusion equation. An alternating direct method for the two-dimensional variable order fractional percolation equation was proposed in . Explicit and implicit Euler approximations for FDE were introduced in . A numerical method based on Legendre polynomials was presented for a class of variable order FDEs in . Chen et al.  introduced the numerical solution for a class of nonlinear variable order FDEs with Legendre wavelets. In addition, for most literatures, they solved variable order FDE which is defined on the interval . It is noteworthy that the Chebyshev polynomials family have beneficial properties so that they are widely used in approximation theory. However, the second kind of Chebyshev polynomials have been paid less attention for solving variable order FDE. Accordingly, we will solve a kind of variable order fractional differential-integral equations (FDIEs) defined on the interval based on the second kind of Chebyshev polynomials. The FDIE is shown as follows: where is fractional derivative of in Caputo’s sense.
The basic idea of this approach is that we derive the differential operational matrix and the integral operational matrix based on Chebyshev polynomials. With the operational matrixes, (1) is transformed into the products of several dependent matrixes, which can be viewed as an algebraic system after taking the collocation points. By solving the algebraic system, the numerical solution of (1) is acquired. Since the second kind of Chebyshev polynomials are orthogonal to each other, the operational matrixes based on Chebyshev polynomials greatly reduce the size of computational work while accurately providing the series solution. From some numerical examples, we can see that our results are in good agreement with exact solution. Numerical result demonstrates the validity of this algorithm.
The paper is organized as follows. In Section 2, some necessary preliminaries are introduced. In Section 3, the basic definition and property of the second kind of Chebyshev polynomials are given. In Section 4, function approximation is given. In Section 5, two kinds of operational matrixes are derived and we applied the operational matrixes to solve the equation as given at the beginning. In Section 6, we present some numerical examples to demonstrate the efficiency of the algorithm. We end the paper with a few concluding remarks in Section 7.
There are several definitions for variable order fractional derivatives, such as the one in Riemann-Liouville’s sense and the one in Caputo’s sense . In this paper, the definition in Caputo’s sense is considered.
Definition 1. Caputo fractional derivate with order is defined byIf we assume the starting time in a perfect situation, we can get Definition 2 as follows.
3. The Shifted Second Kind of Chebyshev Polynomials
The second kind of Chebyshev polynomials are defined on the interval . They are orthogonal to each other with respect to the weight function . They satisfy the following formulas:
For , let . We can get shifted second kind of Chebyshev polynomials , which are also orthogonal with respect to weight function for . They satisfy the following formulas:
The shifted second kind of Chebyshev polynomials can also be expressed as where denotes the maximum integer which is no more than .
Let and . Therefore, where If is an even number, then If is an odd number, then Therefore, we can easily gain (12) as follows:
4. Function Approximation
Theorem 3. Suppose that the function is times continuously differentiable on the interval . Let be the best square approximation function of , where . Then, where and .
Proof. We consider the Taylor polynomials: where is between and .
Let Then,Since is the best square approximation function of , we can gainLet . Therefore,Finally, by taking the square roots, Theorem 3 can be proved.
5. Operational Matrix Technique for Solving Variable Order Fractional Differential-Integral Equation
5.1. Differential Operational Matrix of
In particular, for , we can get
5.2. Integral Operational Matrix of
Let . is called the integral operational matrix. The objective of this section is to generate this matrix .
According to (8), we have where
According to (8), we can get where is row of .
We approximate by the second kind of Chebyshev polynomials as follows : where Accordingly, Therefore,
5.3. Solve Variable Order Fractional Differential-Integral Equation by Operational Matrix Technique
6. Numerical Examples and Result Analysis
In this section, we verify the efficiency of operational matrix technique to support the above theoretical discussion. We compare the numerical solution with the exact solution by using our approach. The results indicate that our algorithm is a powerful tool for solving variable order FDIE. In this section, the notation is used to show the precision of our proposed algorithm, where .
Example 1. Consider the following nonlinear variable order FDIE: where The exact solution is . We find the numerical solution of Example 1 in MATLAB 2012 by our technique.
The computational results are shown in Tables 1–3. As seen from Tables 1 and 2, the vector is mainly composed of three terms, namely, , and . It is evident that the numerical solution converges to the exact solution. Only a small number of the second Chebyshev polynomials are needed to reach high precision, which verifies the correction and high efficiency of our algorithm. In addition, for , with increasing, absolute errors of are a little bigger than those of because of round-off error in MATLAB. Therefore, the approximation effect of is better than that of . Furthermore, our algorithm can obtain the solution not only for but also for . We extend the interval from to , . Similarly, we also get the perfect results shown in Table 3.
In Table 3, we list for different and . Also, for the same , with increasing, is generally a little bigger because of round-off error in MATLAB. On the other hand, for the same , with increasing, becomes slightly bigger, which is consistent with Theorem 3. However, every error is small enough to meet the practical engineering application. Figure 1 also shows that the numerical solutions are very close to exact solutions. It verifies the correction and efficiency of the algorithm in this study.
Example 2. Consider another nonlinear variable order FDIE: where
The exact solution is . We still obtain the solution as Example 1 by using our algorithm. The computational results are shown in Tables 4–6. As seen from Tables 4 and 5, the vector is mainly composed of two terms, namely, and . It is evident that the numerical solution converges to the exact solution. In particular, for and , every absolute error at the collocation point is because of round-off in MATLAB. Therefore, the approximation effect of is better than that of .
Finally, we extend the interval from to . Similarly, we also get the perfect results as shown in Figure 2 and Table 6. Figure 2 shows the exact solution and numerical solution for different at collocation points, which demonstrates that the numerical solution is very close to the exact solution. From Table 6, for the same , with increasing, is generally a little bigger because of round-off error. From another point of view, for the same , with increasing, becomes slightly bigger, which is consistent with Theorem 3. There is the same trend for the other . Every error is small enough to meet the practical engineering application.
In this paper, we present a numerical technique for solving the variable order FDIE based on the second kind of Chebyshev polynomials. Taking advantage of the definition of the variable order fraction derivative and the simplicity of the second kind of Chebyshev polynomials, we transform the FDIE into an algebraic system. By solving the algebraic system, the numerical solution is acquired. Numerical examples show that the numerical solution is in very good accordance with the exact solution. The technique can be applied to solve the other variable order fractional differential problems.
The authors declare that they have no competing interests.
This work is funded in part by the Natural Science Foundation of Hebei Province (no. A2015407063), China, and is funded in part by the Teaching Research Project of Hebei Normal University of Science and Technology (no. JYZD201413), China. The work is also funded by Scientific Research Foundation of Hebei Normal University of Science and Technology.
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