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PDE Problem Setup Basics

Set up problems using pdetool or command line functions

The first step in setting up a PDE problem is to create a PDE model container for the equation or system that you are going to solve. The parameters of your partial differential equation or system, such as number of equations, geometry, equation coefficients, boundary and initial conditions, mesh, and so on, will be stored as properties of the PDE model.

When using the PDE app, the first step is to open the app by typing the pdetool command.


createpde Create PDE model
pdetool Open PDE app


PDEModel PDE model container


Programmatic Workflow

Solve Problems Using PDEModel Objects

Steps to follow when solving PDE problems from the command line.

PDE App Workflow

Open the PDE App

Open the app for interactive PDEs solving.

Solve 2-D PDEs Using the PDE App

Model, solve, and analyze PDEs interactively.


Equations You Can Solve Using Recommended Functions

Partial Differential Equation Toolbox™ lets you model and solve particular types of scalar PDEs and systems of PDEs.

Put Equations in Divergence Form

Transform PDEs to the form required by Partial Differential Equation Toolbox.

Finite Element Method (FEM) Basics

Description of the use of the finite element method (FEM) to approximate a PDE solution using a piecewise linear function.

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