Fractional Calculus: Models and Numerical Methods by Dumitru Baleanu

Fractional Calculus: Models and Numerical Methods

byDumitru Baleanu, Kai Diethelm, Enrico Scalas;Juan J Trujillo

Kobo ebook | September 15, 2016

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This book will give readers the possibility of finding very important mathematical tools for working with fractional models and solving fractional differential equations, such as a generalization of Stirling numbers in the framework of fractional calculus and a set of efficient numerical methods. Moreover, we will introduce some applied topics, in particular fractional variational methods which are used in physics, engineering or economics. We will also discuss the relationship between semi-Markov continuous-time random walks and the space-time fractional diffusion equation, which generalizes the usual theory relating random walks to the diffusion equation. These methods can be applied in finance, to model tick-by-tick (log)-price fluctuations, in insurance theory, to study ruin, as well as in macroeconomics as prototypical growth models.

All these topics are complementary to what is dealt with in existing books on fractional calculus and its applications. This book will keep in mind the trade-off between full mathematical rigor and the needs of readers coming from different applied areas of science and engineering. In particular, the numerical methods listed in the book are presented in a readily accessible way that immediately allows the readers to implement them on a computer in a programming language of their choice.

The second edition of the book has been expanded and now includes a discussion of additional, newly developed numerical methods for fractional calculus and a chapter on the application of fractional calculus for modeling processes in the life sciences.


  • Preface
  • Preface to the Second Edition
  • Preliminaries
  • A Survey of Numerical Methods for the Solution of Ordinary and Partial Fractional Differential Equations
  • Specific Efficient Methods for the Solution of Ordinary and Partial Fractional Differential Equations
  • Generalized Stirling Numbers and Applications
  • Fractional Variational Principles
  • Continuous-Time Random Walks and Fractional Diffusion Models
  • Applications of Continuous-Time Random Walks
  • Selected Applications of Fractional Calculus Models in the Life Sciences
  • Appendix: Source Codes
  • Bibliography
  • Index

Readership: Undergraduate and graduate students in mathematics as well as researchers in applied mathematics and applied sciences whose interests involve differential equations, fractional calculus, special functions, variational methods, numerical methods and their applications in physics, mechanics, engineering, finance, economics and other applied fields including life science and social science.
Key Features:

  • It provides a unique combination of mathematical modeling and numerical methods
  • It is the first book with a detailed discussion of fractional variational calculus
  • It includes a large collection of numerical methods for different problems, including the source codes for the implementation of associated computer programs, and it is easily understandable by readers with an applied background
Title:Fractional Calculus: Models and Numerical MethodsFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:September 15, 2016Publisher:World Scientific Publishing CompanyLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:9813140054

ISBN - 13:9789813140059

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