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who can tell me why the "middle point rule" in FVM is 2th precision?

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Any textbook or lecture notes on numerical methods for ODEs. Or a Taylorexpansion.

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sorry,middle value rule and middle point rule are popular,but i can't see any analysis about precision.

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It follows from the meanvalue theorem (=> Taylors theorem) in any school (Alevel in the UK) maths text book.
Alternatively consider two points x_l and x_r with midpoint x_m = ( x_l + x_r )/2 and spacing h = x_r  x_l then the trapezoidal rule gives, for a function f, integral f = h( f_r + f_l )/2 + O(h^3) and by Taylors theorem f_m = ( f_r + f_l )/2 + O(h^2) which imples the result (assuming you accept the Trapezoidal rule is second order!) 
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yes integral f = f(average value at one point between x_l and x_r)*h=?f_middlepint*h+o(h^3)

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my puzzle is that f = f(average value at one point between x_l and x_r) by middle value rule is strict, but f(average value at one point between x_l and x_r)=?f_middlepint+o(h^1) is 1th precise. how to explain it?

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Basically the O(h) error term vanishes at the midpoint  look at a book on finite difference methods.

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Do integral of phi over a ceontrol volume and approximate it with Taylor series expansion.
int_V phi(x) dV phi(x) = phi_P + (x  x_P) . grad(phi)_P + hot. (1) When you integrate you get int_V phi(x) dV = phi_P V + (int_V (xx_P) dV) . grad(phi)_P + hot. The gradient comes out of the second integral because it is a constant. So, if the integral int_V (xx_P) dV = 0 (3) the method will be second order, which is true if the point of expansion you are expressing phi in eq(1) around in the centroid of the cell. Fortunately, eq(3) is indeed the definition of the centroid so all is well. "... and there you are!" (quote from My Big Fat Greek Wedding) :) Hrv 
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thanks,but excuse me, let's do 1d case for 1d case your (3) equation int_V (xx_P) dV = 0 (3) become int_V (xx_P) dx = 1/2(xxp)^2 it is o(2), not o(3)

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