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Scientific Programming
Volume 2 (1993), Issue 4, Pages 217-225

Object-Oriented Implementation of Software for Solving Ordinary Differential Equations

Kjell Gustafsson

Department of Automatic Control, Lund Institute of Technology, S-22100 Lund, Sweden

Received 29 April 1993; Accepted 29 June 1993

Copyright © 1993 Hindawi Publishing Corporation. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


We describe an object-oriented implementation of numerical integration methods for solving ordinary differential equations. Software components that are common to many different integration methods have been identified and implemented in such a way that they can be reused. This facilitates the design of a uniform user interface and makes the task of implementing a new integration method fairly modest. The sharing of code in this type of implementation also allows for less subjective comparisons of the result from different integration methods.