| 3 | The Euler equations are a set of non-linear PDE's, which comprise an eigenvalue problem. The eigenvalues for the equations are functions of the solution to the equations themselves. This means that the waves, which propagate with speeds = to their eigenvalues, distort the solution, and the solution distorts them over space and time. Thus the solution to the Riemann problem for the non-linear system does not consist of a closed form expression for the values of pstar and ustar like it does for a linear system of equations. To solve the Euler equations then exactly, we have developed the method of characteristics that describe the propagation of waves outside of the star region. To solve for values of the q-array inside of the star region, we used an iterative scheme and then sampled the solution in the different wave regions. We now are concerned with approximations to this exact solution. The method to be discussed here considers a 'linearized' version of the Euler equations, so analytic methods used for linear, constant coefficient systems of equations can be applied. |