## Ralston's Fourth Order Method

Ralston's fourth order method is a Runge-Kutta method for approximating the solution of the initial value problem*y'(x) = f(x,y)*;

*y(x*which evaluates the integrand,

_{0}) = y_{0}*f(x,y)*, four times per step. See the comments in the source code for the algorithm.

This method is a fourth order procedure for which Richardson extrapolation can be used.

### Function List

- double Runge_Kutta_Ralston_4_Method( double (*f)(double, double), double y0, double x0, double h, int number_of_steps )

This function uses Ralston's fourth order method to return the estimate of the solution of the initial value problem,*y' = f(x,y); y(x0) = y0*, at*x = x0 + h * n*, where*h*is the step size and*n*is*number_of_steps*.

- double Runge_Kutta_Ralston_4_Richardson( double (*f)(double, double), double y0,
double x0, double h, int number_of_steps, int richardson_columns )

This function uses Ralston's fourth order method together with Richardson extrapolation to the limit to return the estimate of the solution of the initial value problem,*y' = f(x,y); y(x0) = y0*, at*x = x0 + h * n*, where*h*is the step size and*n*is*number_of_steps*. The argument*richardson_columns*is the number of step size halving + 1 used in Richardson extrapolation so that if*richardson_columns = 1*then no extrapolation to the limit is performed.

- void Runge_Kutta_Ralston_4_Integral_Curve( double (*f)(double, double),

double y[ ], double x0, double h, int number_of_steps_per_interval, int number_of_intervals )

This function uses Ralston's fourth order method to estimate the solution of the initial value problem,*y' = f(x,y); y(x0) = y0*, at*x = x0 + h * n * m*, where*h*is the step size and*n*is the interval number*0 ≤ n ≤ number_of_intervals*, and*m*is the*number_of_steps_per_interval*. The values are return in the array*y[ ]*i.e.*y[n] = y(x0 + h * m * n)*, where*m, n*are as above.

- void Runge_Kutta_Ralston_4_Richardson_Integral_Curve( double

(*f)(double, double), double y[ ], double x0, double h, int number_of_steps_per_interval, int number_of_intervals, int richardson_columns )

This function uses Ralston's fourth order method together with Richardson extrapolation to the limit to estimate the solution of the initial value problem,*y' = f(x,y); y(x0) = y0*, at*x = x0 + h * n * m*, where*h*is the step size and*n*is the interval number*0 ≤ n ≤ number_of_intervals*, and*m*is the*number_of_steps_per_interval*. The values are return in the array*y[ ]*i.e.*y[n] = y(x0 + h * m * n)*, where*m, n*are as above. The argument*richardson_columns*is the number of step size halving + 1 used in Richardson extrapolation so that if*richardson_columns = 1*then no extrapolation to the limit is performed.

*C* Source Code

- The file, runge_kutta_ralston_4.c, contains versions of Runge_Kutta_Ralston_4_Method( ), Runge_Kutta_Ralston_4_Richardson( ), Runge_Kutta_Ralston_4_Integral_Curve( ), and Runge_Kutta_Ralston_4_Richardson_Integral_Curve( ) written in
*C*.