# Relaxation method

From AMS Glossary

## relaxation method

An iterative numerical method for solving elliptic partial differential equations.

For example, a Poisson equation, ∇

^{2}φ =*F*(*x*,*y*), where ∇^{2}is the Laplacian operator and the function*F*(*x*,*y*) is given.Panofsky, H. 1956. Introduction to Dynamic Meteorology. 168–174.